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Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Thank you for making this academic year a success under such extraordinary circumstances. We can be proud of the way our community responded to this challenging year. At the same time, we must continue to exercise caution, particularly as students return home and we begin to make our summer plans. Please continue to follow state health protocols and if you are on campus, the OC CARES Pandemic Response Plan protocols. We must continue to take care of ourselves and each other.

Why Get Vaccinated

It makes sense that healthy or younger individuals question whether they need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Yes, it’s an inconvenience to find a provider and have to return for a second dose if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccination. Yes, you may experience some flu-like side effects for a day or two. And yes, it can be scary. But it can be life saving and life changing.

  1. Increased numbers of individuals of all ages being vaccinated against COVID-19 is an important tool to help stop the pandemic.
  2. By getting the vaccination, you are protecting the people around you, like your family, coworkers, teammates, roommates and friends.
  3. Once fully vaccinated, you can start doing more — and isn’t that what we’ve all been waiting for?
  4. The vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19.
  5. The vaccine is a safer way to help build protection than getting COVID-19 itself. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you and it can be a serious, life-threatening illness. Plus, if you get sick you can spread the disease to others. Why rely on natural immunity when there is a vaccine?

We understand some individuals may be concerned about getting vaccinated. But, don’t say no to getting vaccinated until you do your research or talk to your health care provider or pharmacist about your concerns. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is also a great resource to learn about the different types of vaccines, possible side effects, safety, effectiveness, benefits and more.

Check out the It’s Okay to Be Smart video below, Visualizing Herd Immunity (with 500 Mousetraps!) (feat. @The Slow Mo Guys) to see why and how vaccines work!

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Hosted By Olivet High School

Barry-Eaton District Health Department is offering a vaccine clinic on May 21 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Olivet High School gymnasium. The clinic is open to the community, including Olivet College students and staff. The two-dose Pfizer shot will be administered. You must be able to have your second dose administered by Barry-Eaton District Health Department. An appointment is required. Click here to schedule an appointment for the first dose. Simply scroll down the page and click on May 21 to select a time and complete the patient information form.

Vaccine Resources
  • Olivet Pharmacy offers the Moderna (2 shot) vaccine. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to schedule an appointment with the pharmacy for the free vaccination by calling 269-280-5005. Olivet Pharmacy is located at 116 N Main St, across the street from Willow Tree Coffee & Bakery. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Check your local health department or hospital website to find out their process or for registration forms.
  • Check additional vaccination sites, such as local pharmacies like Rite Aid, Kroger, Walmart (Mid/Central and Northern MI) or Snyder Drugs (U.P. residents).
  • Meijer is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations for walk-in or by appointment, making it even more convenient for you to receive a shot.
  • 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
    • Regardless of their county of residence, any Michigan resident may register for an appointment to get their vaccination at Ford Field.
    • The site is now offering second doses of the Pfizer vaccine for anyone who needs it no matter where the first dose was received. The patient must have received the first dose 21 days before receiving the second dose and they should bring their vaccination card with them.
    • 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 State of Michigan manages the facility with support from FEMA, Wayne County, the City of Detroit, Ford Field, Meijer, Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Lions.
    • Walk-ins are now available, but sign-up is recommended to avoid long waits through these three options:
    • The vaccine is offered at no cost, and insurance is not required, nor will it be requested at the vaccination center.

Learn more

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” — Rosa Parks

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