COVID Vaccine

Duke is currently vaccinating Group 1 and Group 2 of the Priority Vaccine Distribution Plan.


Phase 1 - Health Care Workers and Long-term Care Staff and Residents
Phase 2 - Older Adults
Phase 3 - Students and critical industry workers
Phase 4 - Everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination
Phase 5 - Everyone

Duke is coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local health department to develop a safe, efficient and equitable plan for vaccine distribution to students, faculty, and staff based on a prioritization plan. 

The initial phase of distribution will focus on vaccination of health care workers at high risk for COVID-19 exposure based on work duties or vital to the initial COVID vaccine response. Most members of the Duke community who do not have two or more of certain chronic conditions defined by the CDC, will likely not be eligible for vaccination until late spring or early summer. 

This webpage is available as a resource for you to make an informed decision for receiving vaccination. Currently, there are no plans to require COVID-19 vaccination for any Duke student, faculty, or staff member. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to Duke students, faculty and staff at no cost. If you have any questions about the vaccination or our distribution plan, please contact

How Vaccines Work

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