Thank you for all you are doing to keep our community safe and healthy.
What a beautiful week on the Olivet College campus! It’s been perfect for enjoying the long-awaited sunshine, warm temperatures and fun outdoor activities. The gorgeous days make it hard to fathom the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the state of Michigan. The spike is attributed to the following:
- Community spread due to lesser restrictions (including travel).
- An increase in youth and younger adults (ages 10-29) contracting the virus.
- New COVID-19 variants that seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants.
No doubt, we all are experiencing “pandemic fatigue.” We just want this to be over. Unfortunately, it’s not over and we must all continue to take COVID-19 seriously, regardless of our age.
This week’s communication includes the following:
- We’re Still No. 1 … and That’s Not Good
- COVID-19 Vaccine: The More You Know…
- Our Shared Responsibility
- Let’s Roll Up Our Sleeves Together!
We’re Still No. 1 … and That’s Not Good
Michigan continues to lead the nation in the number of new COVID-19 cases on average per day.
According to the New York Times, 12 Michigan cities, large and small, are among the top 20 cities in the nation with the highest number of daily cases.
- New York City area
- Battle Creek
- Peoria, Ill.
- Bay City
- Grand Rapids
- Atlantic City, N.J.
- Mount Pleasant
- Beckley, W. Va.
- DuBois, Pa.
- Allentown, Pa.
- East Stroudsburg, Pa.
Covid-19 Vaccine: The More You Know…
What is the Difference in the Vaccines?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.
COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection, but with all types of vaccines, the body is left with knowing how to fight the virus in the future. You cannot get COVID-19 from any of the vaccines.
Is One of the COVID-19 Vaccines Proven to Be Safer than the Other?
All COVID-19 vaccines go through the same process to receive emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there is no data to suggest one vaccine is safer than another or that certain groups should receive one vaccine over another. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation is to receive the vaccine that is available to you at the time of our appointment.
Are There Side Effects?
No matter what vaccine you get, it is normal to have mild side effects like fever, chills, fatigue and headache as well as pain and swelling in the arm where you received the vaccine. This is your immune system learning how to fight the virus and indicates the vaccine is working.
Watch the video below to learn more on COVID-19 vaccine safety from RADM Richardae Araojo, associate commissioner for minority health and director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) in the Office of the Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.
- Click here to learn more from the CDC about the COVID-19 vaccine.
- COVID-19 Vaccines Frequently Asked Questions, State of Michigan (updated April 5, 2021).
Our Shared Responsibility
In recognition of our shared commitment to Individual and Social Responsibility, we ask everyone to continue to do their part to maintain their own health and to support the health and well-being of all members of our campus community. Please continue to take responsibility for the following:
- Your own health.
- The protection of the health of others.
- The protection of our community from the spread of COVID-19.
With final exams and Commencement just around the corner, we want to keep our campus community safe and healthy. Don’t assume because you are young that you will not get COVID-19 or pass the virus on to others.
- Wear a mask when not in your private living space or by yourself outdoors.
- Physically distance at least six feet.
- Complete the daily health and temperature check using the OC CARES CLEAR PASS.
- Report if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms or come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Be mindful of who, where, when and how you interact with others when off campus – even if you’re back home visiting family.
- Make your plan to be vaccinated.
Let’s Roll Up Our Sleeves Together!
We encourage you to learn about the free COVID-19 vaccine and weigh the benefits of it. If we all roll up our sleeves, together we will help Olivet College, our state and our nation move beyond the pandemic in the months ahead. Click on the links below to find a vaccine provider near you. Appointments are required.
- Check the website of your local health department or hospital to find out their process or for registration forms.
- Check additional vaccination sites, such as local pharmacies like Meijer, Rite Aid, Kroger, Walmart (Mid/Central and Northern MI) or Snyder Drugs (U.P. residents).
- Residents who don’t have access to the internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Ford Field
- Any Michigan resident, regardless of their county of residence, may register for an appointment to get their vaccination at Ford Field.
- After the registration process is completed, people who have registered will receive an invitation either by voice or text when it’s their turn to schedule the appointment. Vaccine appointments will be scheduled a few days in advance.
- The Ford Field site will operate from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week, for eight weeks under the federal government’s vaccination pilot program. The facility will be managed by the State of Michigan with support from FEMA, Wayne County, the City of Detroit, Ford Field, Meijer, Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Lions.
- Sign-up is available through these three options:
- Online registration (through the Meijer portal)
- Text EndCOVID to 75049
- Call the MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1)
- The vaccine will be offered at no cost, and insurance is not required, nor will it be requested at the vaccination center.
“The ultimate is not to win, but to reach within the depths of your capabilities and to compete against yourself to the greatest extent possible. When you do that, you have dignity. You have the pride. You can walk about with character and pride no matter in what place you happen to finish.” — Billy Mills, Olympic champion