What a fantastic first week we’ve had on campus! Without a doubt, COVID-19 continues to cause disruption and stress in each of our lives. But, as Olivetians, we continue to demonstrate collectively what responsibility, perseverance, resourcefulness, determination, community, and most important, respect means. Make this year the best ever. See the good in every day. Most importantly, have fun!
This week’s OC CARES communication contains the following important information:
- Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, Aug. 23
- Reminder: Unvaccinated Students Identified as a Close Contact Required to Quarantine/Isolate
- Thank You for Masking Up in Indoor Public Spaces
In partnership with the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD), Olivet College is hosting a FREE COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Monday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All students, faculty and staff not vaccinated are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The clinic is open to the public.
Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson Shots Will Be Offered
- The Pfizer vaccination is administered in two parts and requires that you return at a later date for a follow-up shot.
- The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccination requires just one shot.
- Click here to learn more about the vaccinations being offered.
The vaccinations will be administered by a trained BEDHD staff member.
No appointment is necessary, however, to save yourself some time, you are encouraged to make an appointment with BEDHD in advance. Scan the QR code or click here to schedule an appointment.
What to Expect
- After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be monitored on-site for at least 15 minutes.
- It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. Therefore, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine or two weeks after you receive the J&J one-shot 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.
Reminder: Unvaccinated Students Identified as a Close Contact Required to Quarantine/Isolate
We respect your decision whether or not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, however, please understand that the health and safety of our entire campus community is our shared responsibility. Therefore, as outlined in the OC CARES Pandemic Response Plan (and in alignment with CDC guidance), unvaccinated students who are identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine/isolate and to follow the expectations outlined below.
- You will not be allowed to participate in any campus activities, including athletics during your 10 day quarantine or isolation period.
- You will work with an assigned contact tracer to create a list of close contacts.
- You will be responsible for making arrangements to return home or a place off campus to complete your required quarantine or isolation period.
- All quarantine and isolation arrangements and any related expenses will be the responsibility of the student.
- You will be responsible for contacting your instructors and for making arrangements to complete your work for all of your courses. As is standard practice in cases of documented illness, your absences from class will be considered excused.
- You will not have the option of remote learning via Zoom during your quarantine or isolation period.
Thank you for being understanding, kind, flexible and patient with the current masking requirement. By wearing a mask, you demonstrate what it means to be individually and socially responsible. It is our hope that masks will not be necessary long-term. Future masking expectations will be updated in alignment with the CDC, MDHHS and BEDHD guidelines.
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