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Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Friday, February 26, 2021 10:00 AM CST

Upcoming Vaccination Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccines 101

February 26, 2021

Dear Loyolans,

We encourage you to attend our webinar on Vaccinations and the Loyola Community on Thursday, March 4 at 4 p.m. Central time. Register here and submit your questions in advance.

Ahead of the webinar, which is sponsored by the University Senate, we would like to share some information that we’ll discuss related to the science of COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Vaccine safety and efficacy: Currently, two vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is 95 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 and is approved for patients 16 years and older. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is 94.1 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 and is approved for patients 18 years and older.

  • Symptoms following vaccination: After getting vaccinated, most persons have some side effects starting within a day or two of vaccination, with the most common side effect being pain at the injection site. Fever, chills, fatigue, and headache may also occur. Such side effects are expected, and the majority are mild to moderate in severity. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities for a short period of time but should go away in a few days.

  • COVID-19 variants: Information about the characteristics of COVID-19 variants is still emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how easily they spread, whether they could cause more severe illness, and whether currently authorized vaccines will fully protect people against them. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during the pandemic, and additional work is needed to know how widely distributed the variants are and how they impact the characteristics of disease and effectiveness of current therapies, tests, and vaccines.

Learn more about these topics, as well as what vaccination means for Loyolans, by attending the webinar. Although the webinar is geared toward faculty and staff, students and their families are also welcome to attend. For those who cannot attend the live webinar, a recording will be available following the event.

We hope you can join us next week.

Together in Loyola,

Susan L. Uprichard, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology, Stritch School of Medicine
Chairperson, University Senate

Thomas M. Kelly
Sr. Vice President for Administrative Services
Office of the President