Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 2:29 PM
Subject: COVID-19 Vaccine Information–input needed!
Vaccination for those in tier 1-B is schedule to rollout soon, and employees of higher education institutions are included in this tier. University Health Services (UHS) has been working with the county vaccination coordinator on our behalf.
The state does not expect to have enough vaccines to vaccinate every person eligible in tier 1-B immediately. Distribution of the vaccine will be slow and will occur over several weeks. Due to these issues, vaccines will continue to be administered based on priority groups within eligible tiers.
Because of these concerns, we need more information from our campus community.
Please take a moment to complete this short survey: https://web.saumag.edu/coronavirus/vaccine-survey/ by Thursday, January 14, 6:00 p.m.
This survey will help UHS determine the accurate number of vaccinations to request for allocation on behalf of SAU employees. UHS will provide this information to the county coordinator. Working directly with the coordinator is the best option we have to ensure SAU employees who want the vaccine are included in a vaccination clinic at this time. We do not anticipate the availability of a campus-wide clinic anytime soon. However, signing up directly with a pharmacy (waiting list) is still an option, and if you choose this route as well as signing up through SAU, please let UHS know if you receive the vaccine before you are contacted with a vaccination date through our SAU-county partnership so your name can be removed from our list.
Here are some answers to FAQs:
· Currently, the vaccine provided to Columbia County is the Moderna vaccine.
· Individuals who receive the vaccine are NOT required to quarantine or isolate after receiving the vaccine.
· The vaccine in current distribution is a 2-dose vaccine and individuals receive information for the 2nd dose the day the 1st dose is received.
· A vaccination card with all relevant information is provided to each individual when the 1st does is received.
· The vaccine does NOT contain the COVID-19 virus.
· Side effects from those we know who have received the vaccine mirror those reported nationally. Reported side effects include:
o None at all
o Site of injection soreness/arm of injection soreness for a day or two
o Mild body aches for a day or two
o Low-grade fever for a day or two
· Once vaccinated, individuals receive information to register with the CDC and voluntarily participate in CDC surveys regarding the vaccine.
· The COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory and currently cannot be mandatory.
· Mask mandates will continue well after the vaccine is widely available to the general public.
The CDC has great information regarding the vaccine, and we encourage anyone trying to make a decision regarding vaccination to use the CDC information or similar vetted, medical resources.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Thursday with any questions you may have, and we will ask the appropriate respondent to provide answers for the entire campus if we identify more FAQs. (We will not reveal names of those seeking answers).
We encourage all our colleagues to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. By protecting ourselves, we protect our families, colleagues, and students—we do our part to move the needle back to a pre-pandemic world and begin moving forward with a return to a more vibrant life.
The Risk Management Task Force