Dear campus community,
It’s been wonderful to see so many people participate in and enjoy campus activities over the last month. Throughout the start of this semester, we have been able to keep the number of on-campus COVID-19 cases relatively low, thanks to the cooperation of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.
As we move into the cooler months, when we spend more time indoors and the risk of viral spread increases, I want to discuss ways we can all continue to protect the health of our community.
Campus Daily Screener
The Campus Daily Screener continues to be our best resource for understanding the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus and preventing its spread. Please continue to complete the Campus Daily Screener each day you are on campus. Also complete the screener if you stay home because you test positive or are symptomatic; this will go a long way in helping us track COVID-19 cases among our community.
The screener was never intended to be a permanent tool, and we are hopeful that in the not-too-distant future it can be retired. But as we continue to navigate life with COVID-19, taking just a minute to answer some quick questions can play a major role in keeping campus safe.
Earlier this fall, the CDC recommended the use of updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. These bivalent boosters target the most recent omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, which are more contagious and more resistant than earlier strains of omicron.
You are eligible to receive these boosters if it has been at least two months since you completed your primary COVID-19 vaccine series. You can receive your boosters at most pharmacies and clinics. The Campus Health Center is also hosting booster clinics for current students, faculty and staff at no out-of-pocket cost. Learn more and schedule your appointment at the Campus Health Center’s website.
Finally, remember that all students, faculty and staff must receive and submit proof of their flu vaccination or waiver by Oct. 15. Faculty and staff are expected to comply with this requirement regardless of whether they are working remotely or on campus. Members of the Wayne State community can receive a flu shot from the Campus Health Center at no out-of-pocket cost. Contact the Campus Health Center online or at 313-577-5041 to schedule an appointment.
Remember to visit Wayne State’s COVID-19 website for the latest information and campus guidelines. Thank you again for your continued commitment to the health and safety of our campus community.
Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN, FAAN