COVID-19 Update: Influenza Vaccination Clinic Scheduled | Guidance Pfizer Booster Shot
Dear students, faculty and staff:
In recent days, our active COVID cases have declined significantly (44 to date) and the positivity rate among those tested through our Random Surveillance Testing program over the past week is less than 0.5%. At the same time, community members continue to come to Barnes Center and other clinics with cold and flu symptoms unrelated to COVID. This is a reminder that although we have successfully contained the transmission of COVID-19, cold and flu season is upon us.
First flu clinic planned
With that in mind, as announced in July 2021, all members of our university community should once again get their flu shot. Compliance with this requirement will be closely monitored. The University is poised, as it did last year, to make influenza vaccines available on campus through a series of influenza clinics. The details of the University’s first influenza clinic are as follows:
- Day: Friday October 1
- Time: 9 am-4pm
- Or: Center Barnes à l’Arche
- Who: All students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate
- How? ‘Or’ What:
- Students: Make an appointment by visiting the Patient portal.
- Teachers and staff: No appointment is required, but we kindly ask you to bring your Flu Vaccine Consent Form [PDF]. Of course, you can also get the flu shot from your primary care doctor, a local pharmacy, or other places that offer vaccinations.
- Do not forget : Please bring your Syracuse University ID card and be sure to wear a face mask when visiting the flu clinic.
- Students with religious or medical exemptions: Visit the Patient portal to download the medico-religious dispensation. Once complete, submit your waiver through the “Download” option in the Patient Portal.
- Teachers and staff: Please indicate your religious or medical exemption via the Faculty / Staff Certification Survey.
There will be many more opportunities to get your flu shot! Additional influenza clinics for faculty and staff are already planned, and additional flu clinics for students will be held throughout October with more details to be announced soon.
Anything that keeps our community safe (mask wear, random testing, symptom monitoring) against COVID can have the same effect in our collective efforts to fight the spread of other contagious viruses. Getting the flu shot is just as important. A simultaneous outbreak of influenza and COVID-19 on our campus could have devastating consequences for individual and community health, make COVID-19 cases more difficult to detect and diagnose, and also potentially overwhelm the capacity of the health system. local.
Pfizer Booster Dosage Eligibility Guide
Many members of our community have asked about the eligibility requirements for the booster dose of Pfizer vaccine. Late yesterday, the New York State Department of Health released guidelines for health care providers and health services in response to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which make the following populations eligible to receive the booster at least six months after receiving their second dose:
- People 65 years of age and older and residents of long-term care facilities should receive a booster injection
- People aged 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions should be reminded
- People aged 18 to 49 with underlying health conditions may be given a booster based on their individual benefits and risks
- People aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission to COVID-19 due to their work or institutional environment may be recalled based on their individual benefits and risks. These include:
- First responders (health workers, firefighters, police, collective care staff)
- Educational staff (teachers, support staff, educators)
- Food and agricultural workers (food service personnel)
- Public transport workers (bus and trolley bus drivers)
In view of the above eligibility determinations, many members of our university community are now immediately eligible to receive a booster injection. This includes Syracuse University professors, food service workers, residential life staff, and other front-line educational staff working in direct contact with students on a daily basis. If you received the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago, we encourage you to consider the CDC’s recommendation for a booster dose.
- Faculty / Staff: Onondaga County has partnered with Kinney Drugs to provide booster shots. You can make an appointment by visiting the Kinney Drugs website.
- For Students: For those of you who may be eligible due to an underlying medical condition, please contact the Barnes Center to schedule a consultation and vaccination appointment.
The availability of Pfizer’s booster injections adds another layer of protection to the University’s ongoing public health strategy to limit and contain the spread of COVID-19.
We appreciate our community’s continued commitment to our collective public health. Please continue to do your part. The easiest thing you can do right now is to get the flu shot. It is safe, simple and selfless. Don’t wait any longer, take action today!
J. Michael Haynie
Vice-Chancellor in charge of strategic initiatives and innovation