Happy Easter! This Easter weekend, take time to refresh your spirit and cherish all of the blessings that we continue to have in our lives. See the good in every day.
This week’s communication covers the following topics:
- Vaccine – Open to Ages 16 and Up
- Vaccine – Things to Know
- Michigan COVID-19 Cases Rise Dramatically
- Stay Safe, Stay Healthy
- COVID-19 Testing Available on Campus
COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Michiganders Age 16 and Up
Beginning Monday, all Michiganders age 16 years and older are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine by appointment.
We encourage you to learn about the vaccine and weigh the benefits of it helping Olivet College, our state and our country move beyond the pandemic in the months ahead.
While vaccine supplies are increasing, there remains a limited amount of vaccine available. There may be a waiting list for appointments in your area; be patient, your turn will come. TIP: Register with multiple vaccine providers in your area. Once you secure an appointment with one provider, simply decline any appointment offered at a later date by another provider. The following are some vaccine providers to consider:
- Check the website of your local health department or hospital to find out their process or for registration forms.
- Check additional vaccination sites, such as local pharmacies like Meijer, Rite Aid, Kroger, Walmart (Mid/Central and Northern MI) or Snyder Drugs (U.P. residents).
- Residents who don’t have access to the internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Ford Field\
- Any Michigan resident, regardless of their county of residence, may register for an appointment to get their vaccination at Ford Field.
- After the registration process is completed, people who have registered will receive an invitation either by voice or text when it’s their turn to schedule the appointment. Vaccine appointments will be scheduled a few days in advance.
- The Ford Field site will operate from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week, for eight weeks under the federal government’s vaccination pilot program. The facility will be managed by the State of Michigan with support from FEMA, Wayne County, the City of Detroit, Ford Field, Meijer, Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Lions.
- Sign-up is available through these three options:
- Online registration (through the Meijer portal)
- Text EndCOVID to 75049
- Call the MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1)
- The vaccine will be offered at no cost, and insurance is not required, nor will it be requested at the vaccination center.
COVID-19 Vaccine — Things to Know
Why Be Vaccinated?
Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses to be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you do get COVID-19. IMPORTANT: Vaccines cannot give you the disease itself.
Are Vaccines Safe?
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA).
Watch the video below to learn more.
According to the CDC, over 145 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through March 29, 2021, and these vaccines will undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
The Vaccine is Free.
You will not be charged any fees for the vaccine, regardless of whether you have health insurance or not. If you have health insurance, the vaccine provider may ask to see your health insurance card and bill the insurance company an administrative fee, but YOU will not pay anything.
One Dose or Two?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose. If a second dose is required, it is very important that you are able to return to the same provider location on the date you are instructed to do so.
While supplies continue to be scarce, it is unlikely that you will be able to choose which vaccine you receive from the provider. Do not wait; you should take whichever vaccine is available to you.
How Will You Know Which Vaccine You Receive?
You will receive a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card which will tell you the brand of vaccine you received and when you are due for a second dose, if required. It is important to keep this card! TIP: Take a picture of your COVID-19 vaccination record card. This way you’ll have a record in case you lose the actual card.
Should You Get a Vaccine if You’ve Had COVID-19?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people who have had COVID-19 still get the vaccine after they’ve recovered. There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19.
Preventative Measures Still Important.
Even with the increase of COVID-19 vaccinations, you are encouraged to continue practicing preventative measures such as properly wearing masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing to reduce the spread of the virus until the vast majority of people have been vaccinated.
- Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.
- Click here to learn more from the CDC about the COVID-19 vaccine.
- COVID-19 Vaccines Frequently Asked Questions, State of Michigan.
Watch for more information in upcoming OC CARES communications.
Michigan Leads Nation in New COVID-19 Cases
Being number one isn’t always something to celebrate. According to CDC data, as of March 31, Michigan ranks first in the nation for the number of COVID-19 cases. The New York Times reports that Michigan’s seven-day average is 6,257 new cases per day, an increase of 127% from the average two weeks earlier. Counties with the highest number of confirmed cases are as follows:
- St. Clair
Stay Safe, Remain Healthy
We must all continue to take COVID-19 seriously and share the responsibility of looking out for the health and wellness of ourselves and others. We’re in the home stretch of this academic year. Let’s remain positive, flexible and kind. Together, we will stay safe and healthy.
- Wear a mask when not in our private living space or by yourself outdoors.
- Physically distance at least six feet.
- Complete the daily health and temperature check using the OC CARES CLEAR PASS.
- Report if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms or come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Be mindful of who, where, when and how you interact with others when off campus – even if you’re back home visiting family.
Reminder: Free COVID-19 Testing Available on Campus for Students and Staff
It is important that you be tested if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or come in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. If you fail the ClearPass daily screening, return to your home or residence hall. A campus representative will contact you to schedule a free COVID-19 test on campus as soon as possible. For more details, please read the “Monitor and Report Symptoms” section (pages 4-6) of the OC CARES Pandemic Response Plan.
“The great gift of Easter is hope.” — Cardinal Basil Hume