July 20, 2021: Action Needed on COVID-19 Protections
Dear students, faculty and staff,
As you know, our goal is to return to near-normal, pre-pandemic operations this fall. We hope that means full classrooms, campus events and minimal protocols and restrictions. The pandemic, however, isn’t over yet. This is evident by the rising COVID-19 curve in Minnesota and beyond as the delta variant continues its U.S. spread. Additionally, three positive COVID-19 cases were reported to the Center for Well Being last week after weeks of no lab-confirmed positive tests.
The COVID-19 vaccine represents our best protection against all these concerns and our best chance to return to normal. As communicated previously, we are working to get as accurate a count as possible of our campus community vaccination rate, and we will share that data on or shortly after August 2. In the meantime, we need everyone in our community to take the following three steps:
1. Get Vaccinated: We’ve increased access to the vaccine on-campus to include Moderna doses. To schedule an appointment to be vaccinated, please contact the Center for Well-Being by calling (651) 962-6750, or through myHealthPortal, or visit one of the many providers in your local community offering the free vaccine.
2. Report Your Vaccine Status: All students and employees are required to provide their vaccination status to St. Thomas by August 1, 2021. All community members who have been vaccinated are also eligible to sign up for incentives.
Knowing the vaccination rate for the St. Thomas community will allow for proper planning for the fall semester. Starting this week, we are directly contacting (via phone calls and text messages) all students who have not yet reported their statuses with instructions to do so. Any student who does not report their status by the deadline will have a hold placed on their records.
Report Your Status
3. Until Fully Vaccinated, Wear a Mask: With the delta variant continuing to spread, face coverings are required for those who are not yet fully vaccinated and encouraged for those who want to continue wearing one.
The vaccine is safe and effective and can protect you from getting seriously ill or needing to quarantine. For more information on vaccines, our mandatory reporting requirement and a list of frequently asked questions, visit the Center for Well-Being website.
The University Action Response Team