Enjoy a safe, healthy break

NC State community:

As the semester begins to wind down and we head toward a much-deserved Thanksgiving holiday break, we want to thank you, our Wolfpack community, for all you’ve done to help keep our Pack on track this semester. Because of your efforts, COVID-19 cases on campus remain low. With winter travel soon upon us, it’s important that we continue doing all we can to stay safe and healthy.

The following are several important reminders and updates about COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and flu shots, especially if you plan to spend time with family and friends over the holiday.  

COVID-19 Testing

Several campus testing centers will operate on adjusted hours over the Thanksgiving holiday. No on-campus testing will be available on Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26. Please check the Protect the Pack website for center hours and other changes before coming to get tested.

If you plan to travel for the holiday, we encourage you to take advantage of on-campus testing before leaving and upon your return. Free testing is available to students, faculty and staff. 

COVID-19 Vaccines

Across the country, COVID-19 infection numbers are beginning to rise again as people gather and spend more time indoors. The best way to protect yourself from severe symptoms associated with COVID-19 is with a vaccine. 

Student Health Services continues to provide primary COVID-19 vaccines to students, faculty, staff, alumni and family members over the age of 12. We encourage you to get your COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already done so. Students, faculty and staff who have not provided proof of vaccination to the university must continue testing for the virus weekly.

More than 83% of our campus community is fully vaccinated. You can help us get that number even higher — sign up today to get your vaccine on campus. 

Booster Shots

Booster shots are also available for individuals aged 18 and over who received their last dose at least six months ago. Booster shots are strongly encouraged to help increase overall immunity and to protect you. Please note that you do not have to upload booster shot records to the HealthyPack Portal. Boosters are now available for many World Health Organization-authorized vaccines as well. Click here to sign up for an appointment. 

Flu Shots

We are also starting to see cases of flu on campus. While face coverings and many of the safety measures related to COVID-19 can prevent flu infection, the best way to protect yourself is with a flu shot. Flu shots are available on campus for students, faculty and staff.

Looking Ahead 

In the weeks to come before winter break, we will share more information about our plans for the spring semester. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy Thanksgiving break and ask that you keep doing your part to stay well and protect the Pack.