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Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:30 AM CST

Upcoming Vaccination Webinar: Panelists and the COVID-19 Vaccine’s Impact on Loyola

March 2, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We want to remind you that our upcoming webinar on COVID-19 vaccination, Vaccinations and the Loyola Community, takes place this Thursday, March 4 at 4 p.m. Central time. If you have not already, we encourage you to register here today and submit any questions you may have in advance.

Panelists for Thursday’s webinar are:

  • Nina Clark, MD, Professor and Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Phil Hale, Vice President for Civic Engagement and Leader, Management, Policy, and Command (MPC) Planning and Intelligence Working Group
  • Kana Henning, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Leader, MPC Operations/Campus Continuity Working Group
  • Joan Holden, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, Director of the Loyola Wellness Center and Health Safety Officer, Leader, MPC Health Care Advisory Working Group
  • Thomas M. Kelly, Senior Vice President, Administrative Services, Leader, MPC
  • Abigail Silva, PhD, Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
  • Susan Uprichard, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology, Stritch School of Medicine

Hosted by Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, CPH, Founding Dean and Professor, Parkinson School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Vaccine distribution and Loyola’s COVID-19 response
In our message last week, we provided an overview of the science behind COVID-19 vaccines, including vaccine safety and efficacy. Because the Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine has since been authorized for emergency use, we will also incorporate this into Thursday’s discussion.

Additionally, panelists will explain how vaccine distribution works and how the vaccine will impact Loyola University Chicago’s current response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics include:

  • Vaccine distribution: We will explain the city and state guidelines that we must follow, but then also highlight the city of Chicago’s current guidance, which will allow for many Loyola faculty and staff who have not already been vaccinated to be vaccinated in Phase 1C. We will continue our advocacy for our faculty and staff and follow city and state guidelines on priorities for vaccine distribution.

  • How to obtain the vaccine: We will provide information to help you in your efforts to seek vaccination if you are eligible. As noted in previous communications, we do encourage you to schedule a vaccination appointment anywhere they are available. ZOCDOC and VaccineFinder are two sites that can help you find appointments.

  • Impact on Loyola’s COVID-19 response: Panelists will explain why the emergence of variants now requires us to maintain our on-campus surveillance testing protocol and compliance requirements with the Required Personal Safety Practices even after people have been vaccinated.

Sponsored by the University Senate, the upcoming webinar is geared toward faculty and staff, but students and families are also welcome to attend. For those who cannot attend the live webinar, a recording will be available following the event.

We hope to see you this Thursday.

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