Register Your COVID-19 Vaccination for a Chance at Free Tuition

Dear Kent State University Students,

This is a reminder to please register your COVID-19 vaccination status so the university may continue to enjoy a vibrant in-person experience during the 2021 Fall Semester – and you could win free tuition.

Click here to be linked to the University Health Services website where you will find instructions on how to register with Med+Proctor, the company managing our COVID-19 vaccine registration. Once you register with Med+Proctor, you can upload your vaccine information. There is no charge to use this site. Med+Proctor will offer you the chance to buy a lifetime membership to its service for $10. However, you do not have to purchase this service to register and upload your vaccine information.

Submitting a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is a valid method to confirm your vaccination status. Med+Proctor will accept your card image as supporting documentation without issue. Your card does not need to be signed by a clinician to be accepted. If you do not have a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, you can use the Med+Proctor immunization certificate to submit information about your vaccination status. The immunization certificate needs to be signed by a clinician to be accepted if you do not include a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

All Kent State students who are vaccinated and who have registered their vaccine will be eligible to win prizes in twice-weekly drawings through Oct. 31. That means you could win free tuition for a semester, free room and board for a semester or a kayaking trip for you and your closest friends. Other prizes to be awarded include Beats headphones and Apple Watches.

In addition, the state of Ohio has begun a new Vax-2-School program that offers drawings for scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical training. Registration opened Oct. 4 for the drawings for 150 scholarships valued at $10,000 and five grand prize $100,000 scholarships. The drawings are open to Ohioans ages 12 to 25 who have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to enter the state’s program. Drawings will be held at a future date that has not yet been announced.

Testing

For the fall semester, all students living in university housing and all student-athletes must take part in mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing. However, students who submit proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be exempt from weekly COVID-19 testing.

As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 variants, we may need to adjust our testing requirements for vaccinated students as new information is available. Beginning Nov. 1, all unvaccinated students living in residence halls will be required to be tested twice weekly.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days are exempt from testing. All students seeking exemption from weekly COVID-19 testing should submit their COVID-19 vaccination record or positive COVID-19 diagnosis on the Med+Proctor site. We encourage all students to register their COVID-19 vaccination at Med+Proctor, regardless of where they are living.

According to current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who are fully vaccinated who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should get tested three to five days after exposure and need to wear a face covering in all public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.  

The unvaccinated should be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, should be tested again five to seven days after their last exposure or should be retested immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.

Visit our COVID-19 testing webpage for a detailed list of ways to get a COVID-19 test on our campuses.

Get Vaccinated

Kent State began its phased approach of the university’s vaccine requirement on Sept. 1.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to all members of the Kent State community and their families at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus. University Health Services offers vaccines Monday through Friday, at varying hours between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Use this link to schedule an appointment or call the health center at 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines currently are available. Recipients must select which brand they want to receive at the time they schedule their appointment. All brands may not be offered every day. Pfizer is the only brand approved for those younger than 18. The Moderna shot requires a second dose in 28 days, and the Pfizer vaccine requires a second shot in 21 days.

Students from the Regional Campuses and the College of Podiatric Medicine are welcome to make an appointment at DeWeese, or they may schedule a vaccine in their areas by using the state’s vaccination portal.

Flash Your Arm and get vaccinated – this is how Flashes Take Care of Flashes. Remember, you are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your final dose of the vaccine.

Get a Flu Shot 

While you are getting a COVID-19 vaccine, don’t forget about your flu shot. Flu season is upon us, and you are now able to get a flu shot at the same time you get your COVID-19 vaccine. You will be offered a flu shot when you get your COVID vaccine – please take it! 

In addition, University Health Services will be hosting flu shot clinics every Thursday at  DeWeese on the Kent Campus. More information on these clinics can be found here. Even if you are already vaccinated against COVID-19, don’t forget your flu shot!

The COVID-19 virus is still very much with us as the delta variant continues to spread rapidly. Flu season will bring about additional threats to our health. 

COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots are the best way to protect us all and to ensure that we finish the fall semester healthy and safe!

Sincerely,

Lisa Dannemiller, M.D.
Chief University Physician

Julie Volcheck
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of University Health Service

POSTED: Monday, October 11, 2021 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, October 11, 2021 - 8:00am