The University’s Pandemic Planning Committee released a vaccination plan for the spring 2021 semester in a campus-wide email on Wednesday, March 31. This email followed Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s announcement on March 31 that all state residents aged 16 and older are eligible to receive a vaccination on Thursday, April 1.
In partnership with the Community Health Center (CHC) in Middletown, students may receive the one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination. Students can register for a vaccination appointment on WesPortal. Ten minute vaccination appointments will be available from 8:30 am to 3:50 pm on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25 at 75 Vine Street, Parking Lot V.
The University has not yet released a decision regarding the student vaccination requirement for the fall 2021 semester.
“Right now we are encouraged by the strong interest among all segments of our campus community to get the vaccine as soon as possible,” Dean of Students Rick Culliton wrote in an email to The Argus. “We will continue to review all the information we can over the coming months to make a decision about what the fall semester requirements will be.”
However, Culliton emphasized that widespread vaccination is an important step towards lifting COVID-19 restrictions and returning to normal campus life. Additionally, the Pandemic Planning Committee stressed the necessity of continued compliance with the COVID-19 Code of Conduct.
“Of course, even after many of us are vaccinated, it will remain critical that we continue to follow the guidelines outlined in the COVID Code of Conduct and consult the Keep Wes Safe website for the latest updates,” the campus-wide email read.
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