Dear campus community,
Earlier this month, Wayne State University’s Campus Health Center (CHC) began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to front-line health professions faculty and students in active clinical practice/rotations. This is an exciting milestone in our pandemic response, and an important step in returning to a more open campus environment.
In the coming weeks and months, we look forward to providing vaccines to all in the campus community who choose to get them — and we encourage everyone to do so. It is important to remember that we are following the phased distribution approach outlined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and our supply is both limited and unpredictable. We anticipate that we will have more consistent supply as the national vaccine distribution strategy evolves.
When you are eligible to receive the vaccine, you will be notified directly and encouraged to make an appointment with the Campus Health Center. To ensure an efficient and effective process, please arrive for your appointment at your scheduled time. If you cannot make it, contact us as soon as possible to reschedule.
I understand that many people still have questions about the vaccines, including their efficacy and development, as well as our plans for distribution and what this means for the future of on-campus classes and events. I encourage you to watch last week’s virtual town hall, in which campus health experts — including President Wilson — addressed many of these questions. The CHC has posted a list of several frequently asked questions, which will be updated as new questions are received. If you have a question, feel free to submit it at Wayne State’s COVID-19 website.
Even after you receive the vaccine, it is important to continue following all safety measures, including wearing face coverings, maintaining social distance and completing the Campus Daily Screener if you come to campus. These protocols, along with vaccinations, will provide our best opportunity to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and eventually return to normal operations. I have complete faith in the cooperation of our Warrior community.
Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN, FAAN