January 12, 2022
Each wave of this pandemic has brought with it new challenges — new challenges in the classroom and new challenges from COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. As we enter the Spring 2022 semester with a surge of COVID-19 cases on campus, our experts are adjusting our approach to ensure your health and safety this spring.
BOOST your chances for “normal.” You can immediately reduce your risk from serious illness by being vaccinated, and also by receiving your booster as soon as you are eligible. According to data from South Africa and the United Kingdom, the CDC reports approximately a 35% protection against Omicron infection with two mMRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine doses, which increases to about 75% when both vaccinated and boosted.
Avoid quarantine, stay “up-to-date” with your vaccines. Students who are vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but have not yet received it, must currently quarantine following exposure to a positive COVID-19 infection. But if you have been boosted, there’s good news. According to new CDC guidance, if you are fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot, you are not required to quarantine following exposure if you are showing no symptoms.
- Already boosted? Proof of your booster is required to bypass quarantine. Please upload your updated vaccination card to MyHealthSpace immediately by going to the Medical Clearances tab and clicking the green Update button next to COVID Test/Vaccine Upload.
- Need a booster? You are eligible for your booster if it has been five months since your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months since your initial Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Center for Health and Well-Being offers COVID-19 and Influenza vaccination clinics Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for drop-ins. Avoid long wait times by scheduling an appointment through MyHealthSpace.
In short, being fully vaccinated and boosted protects you and those around you. It also reduces the potential for having to quarantine as the anticipated presence of COVID increases early in the semester. Let’s get boosted, wear our masks and comply with required monthly testing to create a safer campus environment and increase our ability to keep campus open this spring.