About CoVAC

Project Description

The Campus COVID-19 Vaccine (CoVAC) Initiative is a project of the American College Health Association, funded by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal of the CoVAC Initiative is to support healthy and thriving campus communities. This requires effective, equitable, and inclusive COVID-19 vaccination strategies to yield high vaccination uptake in students, staff, and faculty. To that end, the CoVAC Initiative will:

  • Equip campus health care professionals to lead interventions that build COVID-19 vaccine readiness at the community level and confidence at the individual level
  • Increase COVID-19 vaccination awareness and visibility
  • Combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Project Strategies

The CoVAC Initiative will

  • Collect, analyze, and visualize data regarding COVID-19 vaccinations in campus communities
  • Educate campus health professionals regarding COVID-19 vaccination best practices through webinars, workshops, publications, videos, and a curated resource library
  • Publish a campus vaccine confidence toolkit
  • Launch a campus engagement campaign

CoVAC Initiative Health Equity Statement

This statement is based upon materials from the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American College Health Association.*

The Campus COVID-19 Vaccine (CoVAC) Initiative is a project of the American College Health Association (ACHA), funded by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CoVAC Initiative will be guided by the following existing ACHA, CDC, and World Health Organization (WHO) definitions and positions on health equity.

The WHO states the “overarching goal is for COVID-19 vaccines to contribute significantly to the equitable protection and promotion of human well-being among all people of the world” and calls for “equity in vaccine access and benefit within countries for groups experiencing greater burdens from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

CDC defines health equity in the context of COVID-19 as follows:

Health equity is when everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.

To stop the spread of COVID-19 and move toward greater health equity, we must work together to ensure resources are available to maintain and manage physical and mental health, including easy access to information, affordable testing, and medical and mental health care.

ACHA’s Non-Discrimination Policyaffirms that a campus climate guided by the values of inclusion, respect, equality and equity is essential to college health.

ACHA’s Statement in Support of Vaccine Use to Promote Health and Prevent Disease strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of our individual students and our campus communities.

ACHA recognizes that systems of oppression such as racism, cissexism, heterosexism, sexism, and ableism directly cause poor health outcomes and contribute to community distrust of public health institutions that prevents access to critical resources. The CoVAC Initiative endeavors to recognize the impact of systemic inequities on the populations we serve, advance equitable policies and practices, and empower campus community members to take action within their organizations and fields to eliminate those inequities wherever they may be found.

*Sources:

World Health Organization: WHO SAGE values framework for the allocation and prioritization of COVID-19 vaccination (Sep. 14, 2020)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19: Community, Work & School -- Health Equity (accessed 3/11/21)

ACHA Non-Discrimination Policy

ACHA Statement in Support of Vaccine Use to Promote Health and Prevent Disease

ACHA Implementation Guide for Sexual Health Best Practices in College Health Settings (accessed 3/11/21)