Vaccines and vaccination information is dominating the news; a good sign, as their availability and efficacy are trending positively.
The rollout of New Jersey’s vaccinations continues to accelerate. Over 2.5 million doses have been administered and 1.65 million residents have received at least one dose. 861,000 residents are fully vaccinated – an impressive figure but still only 10% of the state’s population. The State appears on track to reach its goal of having 70% of residents inoculated by the end of June.
Governor Murphy continues to expand eligibility and predicts ‘quantum jump up’ in vaccines at end of month.
In addition to the state’s vaccination web site, you can find valuable vaccination information through each of the state’s county web sites. Note that the state site is a pre-registration, designed to help you know when you are eligible. It does not register you to receive the vaccination.
Another site provides information to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You. This site provides nationwide information.
Essex County has received high marks for its vaccination process. You can learn more at the Essex County COVID site.
Please note that although the CDC has relaxed its guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, they should still avoid crowds and wear masks when visiting unvaccinated people who have increased health risks associated with COVID-19.
We encourage you to get vaccinated - for yourselves and all those around you.
Looking Ahead, Remaining Vigilant
All this news helps further inform us as we conduct our plans and preparations for the upcoming academic year. It also shows, once again, the ever-changing nature of the pandemic and the importance of our flexibility and adaptability in planning and actions.
Better days are ahead. But they are not here yet. Please continue to do your part. Do not let your guard down. Do not fall victim to pandemic fatigue. Follow the Seton Hall Pledge.
Governor Murphy Increases Capacity Limits for Certain Locations and Activities
In yesterday’s COVID update, Governor Murphy announced increased capacity limits, effective March 19. Indoor capacity restrictions for restaurants, gyms and other businesses will be increased to 50 percent, up from the current 35 percent.
Congress Passes Pandemic Aid Package; Biden Signed
Yesterday, Congress passed, and President Biden signed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package. The package contains a range of economic support measures, including $1,400 payments to individuals and an extension of unemployment insurance provisions.
Also included is $40 billion for higher education, in the form of institutional-directed support and student-directed support.
President Nyre and our Government Relations team have been in regular contact with New Jersey’s House and Senate members to request additional pandemic relief. We are grateful that these efforts, and that of numerous higher education advocates, have been heard.
Keeping Ourselves and Each Other Healthy
Remember to use #CampusClear every day, whether coming to campus or not.
Students: remember that Health Services offers a wide array of testing and other health and safety services. They are here to help you. In addition to the existing surveillance testing, students may request to be tested as frequently as once per week.
Each year the University provides a flu vaccine clinic. Some of you have asked whether we plan to do the same for COVID. Please know that we have reached out to government and corporate partners to express our interest in providing you a vaccine clinic. While the current level of available vaccines means that is not yet possible, we will do all we can to provide this service when circumstances permit
Your health and safety remain paramount in Seton Hall’s planning and actions. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact the HICT here.
Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Services
Vice President of University Relations
Co-chairs, Health Intervention and Communication Team
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