Dear Warrior community,
As COVID-19 cases and positivity rates remain high and the omicron variant spreads throughout the nation, vaccine boosters will play an important role in keeping our community safe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved boosters of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for everyone over 18 years of age. You are eligible for these boosters six months after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two months after receiving your single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The boosters have been proven safe and effective; some preliminary reports suggest that they may be crucial to preventing risk of infection and serious illness from the omicron variant. Side effects tend to be mild, comparable to what individuals experienced after their initial doses, and clear up after a day or two.
To best protect the Wayne State community, it is helpful for the Campus Health Center to know who has received their boosters. When you receive your booster — or if you already have — we ask that you upload a photo of your vaccination card to help us with this tracking. The Campus Health Center will host booster clinics Dec. 15, 16 and 17. Appointments are required and you can schedule yours online. Additional clinic dates will be added later this month and in January. We have not mandated the boosters at this time, but knowing who has received these additional doses will help guide our campus response in the new year.
Vaccines have helped Wayne State University maintain a low number of on-campus COVID-19 cases and positivity rates this past semester. To help us continue this success in the winter 2022 semester, we will require all students, faculty and staff to have received their COVID-19 vaccination and their flu shot or to have an approved waiver of the vaccine requirement. You can submit your proof of vaccination online if you have not done so already. Those who submitted their proof at the beginning of the fall semester do not need to resubmit.
If you have not received your initial COVID-19 or flu vaccination, they are available during normal business hours at the Campus Health Center. It is safe to receive your flu shot at the same time you receive your COVID-19 vaccines or boosters.
As we look back on 2021, we can see how effective vaccines have been, particularly when it comes to preventing serious illness or death from COVID-19. Remaining up to date on your vaccinations will help us continue to keep campus safe and offer the in-person experiences so vital to college life.
Thank you for your continued commitment to our Warrior community.