THIS IS A REMINDER TO ALL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS about the Mount St. Joseph University COVID-19 Vaccine Policy that was announced on September 13th, 2021.
As explained in the policy, all students (and employees) must provide proof of full vaccination by December 15, 2021. For those of you who have already submitted proof, thank you! We are committed to providing each and every student with as safe a work environment as possible in the face of the Delta variant and continued risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, this policy will be strictly enforced. Failure to meet the December 15, 2021 deadline will not affect a student’s enrollment status for the current 2021 fall semester. Unvaccinated students will be permitted to provisionally register for the 2022 spring semester beginning November 8, 2021. Unvaccinated students must become fully vaccinated and submit their proof of vaccination to the University by December 15, 2021 or they will be canceled from their 2022 spring semester classes. Carefully review the information in the policy—and in this email—to ensure your full, timely and appropriate compliance. You may access the full policy through the University's COVID-19 Resource Center.
If you are not currently vaccinated, please schedule your vaccine appointment as early as possible. Over the summer, vaccine appointments have been fairly accessible. We expect this may change in the near future as many more organizations begin implementing vaccine policies and in light of the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine on August 27, 2021.
Be sure to give yourself enough time to complete ALL prescribed doses by December 15, 2021. Remember, there are different dosing schedules for the three readily available vaccines. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine requires only one dose. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines required two doses given at least 21 or 28 days apart. No exceptions or extensions will be granted for those who fail to timely schedule their vaccination appointments.
Regional Vaccine Providers
We are fortunate to have many options for obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine in our region. It is anticipated that there will be an influx in the number of individuals seeking vaccine appointments this fall. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to schedule your vaccine appointment as early as possible. Be sure to give yourself enough time to complete ALL prescribed doses by December 15, 2021.
- Vaccines can also be obtained through pharmacies, such as, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger’s The Little Clinic, etc., and our local health systems. For more information, see:
Proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine must be submitted by November 15th to Wellness.Center@msj.edu. If the University does not have proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from you by November 15, 2021, you will be contacted directly by the Wellness Center about your vaccine plans. Remember, until you are fully vaccinated, you will continue to be required to participate in the University’s surveillance testing, which commenced the week of September 13th, 2021.
If you are unable to get a COVID-19 vaccine for reasons related to your health or a sincerely held religious or moral belief, you may request an exemption to the University’s vaccine requirement by submitting a completed Mount St. Joseph University COVID-19 Immunization Exemption Request and Waiver form to Wellness.Center@msj.edu on or before November 1, 2021. The form can be accessed through the COVID-19 Resource Center. Please note that requesting an exemption does not guarantee that the request will be approved. Upon receipt of the form, the University will strive to respond as soon as possible. However, additional information or an interactive process may be necessary and take some additional time. No vaccine exemption requests for current students will be accepted after the November 1, 2021 deadline.
How to Respond to Inquiries About the Policy
Finally, we anticipate that students, coworkers, alumni, business partners and even individuals outside of our community may have questions or wish to discuss the University’s policy. Please respond as follows:
- Employee inquiries- If you receive any questions or requests for information about the University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Policy coworkers, please direct them to Human.Resources@msj.edu.
- Student inquiries- Students’ inquiries should be directed to Wellness.Center@msj.edu.
- External inquiries- All external inquiries, including but not limited to requests from alumni or the media, must be sent to the University’s public relations firm, Strategic Advisers, at email@example.com.
All members of the MSJ community are expected to do their part in helping to keep our campus safe, healthy and productive for all who work, learn, and visit. I will be sending additional emails with tips, resources, and reminders to encourage your compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Policy over the next several weeks. Remember, however, that each individual member of our community is ultimately responsible for their compliance. On behalf of the University and the Wellness Center, I look forward to championing this important endeavor with each of you.
Amy Metzger (formerly Demko), MSN, RN ’08
Health Services Manager, Wellness Center
Division of Student Affairs
Mount St. Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road | Cincinnati, OH 45233-1672
513-244-4408 | firstname.lastname@example.org