“I chose to get vaccinated … I didn’t feel comfortable going home due to the fact that I live with two very high-risk individuals, my grandparents. I also have a younger sister with severe asthma, and I wanted to keep her safe. … I also have to think of the kids I work with on a daily basis at my job as an assistant teacher at a childcare center, and my sorority sisters in Soronian as well. If I were to contract the virus, I could singlehandedly put over 50 people in quarantine based on the number of people I interact with in a day!” — Brooklyn Moyer
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
We know everyone is looking forward to a fall semester with in-person learning, social opportunities and community-building activities. For this to happen to the fullest extent possible, we need the majority of our students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
A Dose of Reality
The higher the number of vaccinated individuals on campus, the more we can have a normal campus life. The lower the number of vaccinated individuals on campus means continued restrictions on social activities and in classrooms and workspaces.
Three BIG Positives to Getting Vaccinated
- You will not be subject to testing on campus.
- You will not be subject to quarantine requirements (which means you won’t miss class, work, games or social activities).
- You will not have to wear a mask.
Three BIG Negatives to Not Getting Vaccinated
- You will still be required to complete the daily ClearPass health check and may be subject to targeted testing.
- You will still be required to quarantine and/or isolate based on the College’s protocols, e.g., if identified as a close contact, if presumed positive, following some travel, etc. (which means you will miss class, work, games or social activities).
- You will still have to wear a mask indoors when six-feet physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained.
What’s Your Vaccine Story?
Students, faculty and staff: Have you been vaccinated or are you making your plan to be vaccinated? Share a photo or short video with a message to your OC family about why you chose to be vaccinated. Brooklyn shared her story. Now it’s your turn. CLICK HERE to submit your story.
The vaccine is free, available and safe.
- Check your local health department or hospital website to find out their process or for registration forms. On the left side of the page above the map of Michigan, select your county or the City of Detroit. Next, on the right side of the page, click on the link under “COVID-19 Vaccine Information.”
- Meijer is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations for walk-in or by appointment, making it even more convenient for you to receive a shot. Meijer is also offering a coupon for $10 off your next purchase if you complet your vaccination series at a Meijer store!
- Check additional vaccination sites, such as local pharmacies like Rite Aid, Kroger, Walmart (Mid/Central and Northern MI) or Snyder Drugs (U.P. residents).
- Olivet Pharmacy offers the Moderna (2 shot) vaccine. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to schedule an appointment with the pharmacy for the free vaccination by calling 269-280-5005.
- 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.
“What may look like a small act of courage is courage nonetheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.” — Daisaku Ikeda