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COVID-19 Vaccine and Public Health Protocols
Peter J. Fine Health Center 314
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Public Health Protocols
This message is an update about changes to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement and other COVID-19 public health protocols. The COVID leadership team has reviewed the recent end to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and has made changes to Gallaudet’s COVID-19 protocols as outlined below.
COVID-19 vaccination requirement change
Gallaudet University strongly recommends the COVID-19 bivalent vaccination for all Gallaudet University faculty, staff, and students, as well as Clerc Center teachers and staff, but it is not required as a condition of employment or enrollment.
Please note that Clerc Center will continue to require the COVID-19 bivalent vaccination for all Clerc Center students in accordance with the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
We know that the bivalent vaccine, also known as the updated COVID-19 vaccine, is effective in preventing serious illness and hospitalization. The updated COVID-19 vaccine will remain free. We recommend that you make sure you have the updated vaccine as this is more effective than the original COVID-19 vaccine.
Where to receive vaccinationAfter May 24, 2023, SHS will no longer have the COVID-19 vaccine but you can find the closest place to get a vaccine through www.vaccines.gov.
COVID-19 testing changesCOVID-19 testing will no longer be free. This means that insurance carriers such as private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid will have different policies on the cost of the test or you may have a copay for a visit to a medical office for a COVID-19 test. It is important that you review your insurance coverage policy. You can also use the CDC website: https://testinglocator.cdc.gov/ to find potential free tests.
Where to find tests on campusGallaudet will continue to offer the rapid COVID tests for free at these locations. Those tests expire in January 2024 with a possibility of extension by the FDA; check their website for updated information.
Student Health Service (SHS) (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; summer hours June 12 – August 21Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
JSAC Student Engagement and Leadership Desk (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through the summer)
Human Resources, College Hall (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
LabCorp PCR testing will remain available at SHS with your insurance coverage.COVID supplies
After May 31, the Campus Services Team will no longer be providing COVID supplies. If you need additional supplies, please work with your department to order.
Continue to protect yourselfWe recognize that this shift may be uncomfortable for some individuals; however, there are ways you can continue to protect yourself.
You should already have had the COVID-19 bivalent vaccine. If you have not yet done so, and you are eligible, get the updated bivalent booster.
Wear a KN95 or N95 mask that is well sealed on your face.If you are experiencing any possible symptoms, such as feeling like a cold is coming on or allergy-like symptoms, you should mask up and test for confirmation.
GratitudeWe want to express our deep gratitude to each and every one of you for doing your best over the past three years to protect the Gallaudet University and Clerc Center community from the worst outcomes of COVID-19. Let us continue to prioritize our health and well-being as we move forward.Stay safe, stay informed, and take care of yourselves and one another.
In summary, please remember that COVID-19 remains in our community and that the best thing you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your friends is to make sure that you have the updated COVID-19 bivalent vaccine. The COVID-19 response team will continue to monitor local trends and update you. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you have questions or concerns about any of the information in this email, please contact SHS.
Thank you for keeping Gallaudet safe and healthy!
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