Emily Ilowit, associate director of health services, sent the following message to students and employees on September 14, 2022:
Dear students and colleagues,
Now that the updated COVID-19 booster is available, we have made arrangements with Capital Region Pharmacy to host another free clinic on campus. We will be distributing the Pfizer-BioNTech booster.
The clinic will be on Thursday, September 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium. Students and employees can sign up for this free clinic using this link.
While the booster is not currently required by the College, it is strongly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The booster targets both the original strain of the COVID-19 virus, as well as the two omicron variants, which are causing most of the current infections.
Guidelines for signing up for this new booster:
It must be at least 2 months since you finished your initial series of the vaccine or the vaccine booster.
If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed:
You should wait to be vaccinated until after you complete your isolation period. People who have symptoms will end isolation at a different time than people who do not have symptoms. This also applies to people who have been vaccinated but get COVID-19 before getting any additional or booster doses.
Additionally, you may consider delaying your next vaccine (primary dose or booster) by 3 months from when your symptoms started or, if you had no symptoms, when you received a positive test.
People who have had a known COVID-19 exposure should not seek vaccination until their quarantine period has ended to avoid potentially exposing healthcare personnel and others during the vaccination visit. This recommendation to wait also applies to people with a known COVID-19 exposure who have received their first dose and need additional or booster doses.
The clinic is also looking for volunteers. If you’d like to help out, please use this sign-up link.
Associate Director of Health Services