July 23: Important Update on Vaccination Plans

Message from the COVID Core Response Team

I hope that you and your families are finding space for a break this summer. I look forward to seeing you all on campus in just a few short weeks.

This message provides an important update on our COVID plans related to vaccination.

Environmental Conditions 

The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is increasing case counts and hospitalizations across the country. Just last week, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported more than 1,000 new cases for the first time since early May. This variant can spread very quickly among unvaccinated persons, potentially causing serious illness and triggering outbreaks. According to the CDC, over 97% of those hospitalized nationwide now for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. 

Vaccination Policies

These conditions make vaccination even more urgent as we seek to care for all in our extended community and prevent outbreaks. Therefore, we are updating our policies: 

  • We intend to require Covid vaccination for all members of the Davidson community once a vaccine fully approved by the FDA becomes available. We expect this will go into effect no later than the start of the Spring 2022 semester. We will make exceptions for those with approved medical or religious exemptions.
  • Vaccination will be required for students, staff and faculty members who participate in activities that present a high risk for transmission. If you are a participant in a high-risk activity, you must get the first dose of a vaccine no later than August 15th and submit proof of full vaccination no later than October 1st. Examples of high-risk activities include:
    • Some activities that require very close contact with others for an extended period of time, such as working in dining services;
    • Strenuous indoor activity, such as singing in chorale, playing an instrument in an ensemble, dance, or working out; and
    • Participation in intercollegiate, club and intramural athletics. 
  • While we await full FDA approval, we are aiming for the vaccination rate on campus to exceed 90 percent. 
  • Our COVID health and safety requirements may and likely will change as our environment changes. 

Why are we doing this?

Because the pandemic remains a serious concern and vaccination is the best tool we have for living fully, as individuals and as a community. It is a big step on the way to normal.  

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading largely among people who have chosen not to get vaccinated. More vaccinated people on campus means fewer potential outbreaks. When you get vaccinated, you’re serving your community by doing your part to keep everyone—your friends, your colleagues, your neighbors, your children, other people’s children, the most vulnerable among us who can’t get vaccinated or for whom vaccines are ineffective—healthy. You’re also working to stop the spread of this mutating virus. Thank you for your help and consideration.

Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. If you have questions about the safety of the vaccines, please talk with your doctor or a medical professional whom you trust.  

Most of you are already vaccinated and have reported that to Human Resources and/or Student Life. Thank you! You’re helping to keep yourself and everyone healthy and you’re helping to end this pandemic by curtailing the spread. We’re literally in this together. 

If you’re vaccinated and have not yet shared that with the college, please submit your vaccination card. Faculty and staff can submit to Human Resources. Students can use the Student Health Portal.  If you have not submitted proof of vaccination you must comply with the rules for unvaccinated persons, which include wearing a mask, remaining six feet away from others indoors and outdoors on campus, and weekly testing. Compliance with masking and testing requirements will be enforced.

I know that you may have specific questions and I or others on the core response team are happy to address them. You may also reach out to your division head. All of us are happy to help with questions and we’re happy to help you find vaccination site and make an appointment.

For students, we have scheduled two drop-in Zoom sessions. Dean McCrae and representatives from Student Life will be available on Monday, July 26, from 3-5 p.m. and Tuesday, July 27, from 2-4 p.m. 

Thank you for being member of the Davidson community and for the care you show to each other.

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June 16: COVID-19 Vaccinations

Message from the Davidson College President:

I hope that you and your families are doing well.  I can’t tell you how grateful I am to you for your efforts over the past year and a half. You truly made it possible for our students to be here, and your support for each other inspired me.  Thank you for helping to keep everyone healthy.

I write now with an update on campus guidelines with respect to vaccines. These policies are based on guidance released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Education.

Many of you are already vaccinated and have reported that to Human Resources. Thank you! You’re helping to keep yourself and everyone healthy.

If you’re vaccinated and have not let Human Resources know, please submit your vaccination card. We need to know how many of us are vaccinated so that we can plan for next year.

If you are not vaccinated, these rules will apply to you on campus:

·       You will need to wear a mask indoors and sometimes outdoors. 

·       You will be required to maintain physical distancing indoors and sometimes outdoors. 

·       You will be required to get tested weekly for COVID-19. 

·       You will have to quarantine for two weeks if you are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID 19.

·       You may not have access to some campus facilities.

We’re implementing these policies to limit any potential outbreak in our community.  Evidence suggests that getting vaccinated protects you and everyone around you—in effect, a vaccinated person is a road block that helps keep the virus from moving on to infect others.

Having multiple sets of guidelines will be hard to enforce and could cause division within our community. These facts and the health considerations noted above have led the COVID core response team to consider requiring the vaccine. Please help us to avoid this by getting vaccinated and sharing this with human resources. 

More vaccinated people means fewer outbreaks. When you get vaccinated, you’re serving your community by doing your part to keep everyone—your friends, your colleagues, your neighbors, your children— healthy.  Thank you for your help and consideration.

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