Welcome back to campus! We hope you had a restful and fun holiday break. It’s a new year, which means new opportunities and adventures await you. Good luck this semester, have fun with friends, take advantage of the beautiful outdoors and be safe.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is relentless. Each of us has a shared responsibility to do all we can to keep ourselves and the entire OC community healthy and safe.
This week’s OC CARES includes important reminders and save the dates. Please read it in full so that you don’t miss anything that directly impacts you.
Seeing Red is Not a Good Thing
The COVID-19 virus is again surging across the United States. The fast-spreading omicron variant has caused record numbers of positive cases and hospitalizations. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every county in the state of Michigan is currently at high risk of transmission. Learn more (Graphic courtesy of CDC.)
Masks are REQUIRED in the KC
Be advised: No mask means no service when visiting the KC. All students, faculty and staff are reminded to wear masks that fully cover the mouth and nose.
Masks are required when:
- Entering the KC.
- Walking throughout the KC.
- In line and/or and being served at food stations.
- In line and/or serving yourself at self-serve stations.
- In line and/or serving yourself at beverage stations.
- Leaving your table for more food or drink.
- Busing your table.
- Leaving the KC.
Masks are not required to be worn in the KC in just two instances:
- When you are seated at your table.
- When you are eating or drinking at your table.
Prior to entering the KC, please mask up! Disposable masks are available in the KC (and other buildings on campus) if one is needed.
As with all indoor public spaces on campus, masks are required in the KC. Thank you for being mindful of the health and well being of the entire OC community, even when enjoying your meals and time with friends. Masking up while in the KC demonstrates your commitment to Individual and Social Responsibility.
Click here for a refresher on the indoor public spaces where masks are required.
Save the Dates: FREE COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Clinics
- When: Feb. 11 and March 3
- Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment necessary
- Where: Upton Gym
- Who: Any student, faculty or staff member
In partnership with the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD), Olivet College is hosting a FREE COVID-19 vaccination and booster clinic. All students, faculty and staff not vaccinated or who are eligible for a booster are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
The vaccinations will be administered by a trained BEDHD staff member.
Pfizer and Moderna Shots Will Be Offered
- The Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations are administered in two parts and require that you return on March 3 for a follow-up shot.
- Click here to learn about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations.
It is also important that you stay up to date on your protection against the virus by getting a booster shot when eligible.
- Pfizer: At least 5 months after your second shot.
- Moderna: At least 5 months after your second shot.
- Johnson & Johnson: At least 2 months after your shot. Good news: You are eligible to receive the Pfizer or Moderna booster shot.
What to Expect at the Clinic
- When you arrive, please wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. The healthcare provider will also wear a mask.
- If you are receiving a booster shot, be sure to bring your COVID-19 vaccination card.
- Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing from others while awaiting your turn.
- You should receive a paper or electronic version of a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you receive. Each authorized COVID-19 vaccine has a fact sheet that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of that particular vaccine.
- After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be monitored on-site for at least 15 minutes.
What to Expect After Your Vaccination
- It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. Therefore, you’ll be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
- Pain, redness and swelling in the arm where you get the shot are common.
- Other common side effects include one or more of the following: tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever or nausea.
- Side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away within a few days.
- Click here for CDC information, including myths and facts, benefits of the vaccine, effectiveness, possible side effects and more.
FREE Off-Campus Vaccination Resources
We understand that you may want to get the vaccination but would rather do it in a more private setting than the campus clinic. Fortunately, most pharmacies and a number of community organizations offer the FREE vaccination throughout the state of Michigan.
The easiest and quickest off-campus option is the Olivet Pharmacy, 116 N. Main St. Within walking distance of campus, the Olivet Pharmacy provides vaccinations by walk-in or appointment. Call 269-280-5005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
An easy way to locate vaccination sites near you is to text your zip code to 438829. A service of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, within seconds you’ll receive a list of sites, the type of COVID-19 vaccination offered, if walk-ins are welcome and links to additional vaccination sites and information. You’ll even be asked if you need to schedule a free ride!
The COVID-19 vaccination is FREE, regardless of where you choose to be vaccinated.
Why be Vaccinated: The Pandemic is Still Very Real and Very Serious
It makes sense that healthy or younger individuals question whether they need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Consider this, however: The pandemic first impacted the OC community in February 2020, and it’s not over. It is still a serious health threat to you, your family, friends, faculty, staff and anyone you come in contact with. Being vaccinated against COVID-19 can be life-saving and life-changing.
- Increased numbers of individuals of all ages being vaccinated against COVID-19 is a vital tool to help stop the pandemic.
- You protect yourself and the people around you, like your roommates, instructors, family and friends, by getting the vaccination.
- Prepare yourself for spring break and beyond: Protect yourself and others from the fast-spreading virus that remains a serious health threat. Also, many tourist attractions, restaurants, etc. throughout the U.S. are requiring proof of vaccination.
Importance of Getting a Booster Shot
- COVID booster shots bolster the vaccination’s protection against more transmissible variants, such as the current omicron variant that spreads quickly and is sweeping across the United States like wildfire.
- Studies have found that omicron reduces the efficacy of two-dose COVID vaccines, but a booster shot can restore a significant level of protection.
“Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.