|Message Sent To:||All Faculty, All Staff|
|Message From:||Message from the Office of the President, Message from the Wellness Center|
|Date Sent:||Monday, March 22, 2021 01:00 PM CDT|
Vaccine Eligibility for Loyola Employees
March 22, 2021
Dear Faculty and Staff,
We are writing to provide you with information about vaccine eligibility for employees who live in Chicago and Illinois, introduce our new vaccine website, and provide information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s latest guidance.
First, Thank You, Ramblers!
Thank you to everyone in the Loyola University Chicago community for respecting campus health and safety protocols. With your diligence, Loyola’s seven day positivity rate remains less than 0.5 percent!
We all know Sister Jean’s philosophy of “Worship, Work, and Win.” She has a special variation of these three “W’s” for these times: “Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance.” Please continue to keep up the great work.
Thank you, too, to our faculty, staff, and students who have received the vaccine and to everyone who will schedule their vaccination. These Ramblers are living the Jesuit value of “being persons for others” during this challenging time. The increased availability of vaccines is a step forward as we help protect our community, our city, and beyond. We are in this together.
Vaccine Eligibility for Illinoisans and Chicagoans Who Work in Higher Education
Today, the state will expand the number of people eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to include those individuals who work in higher education and live in Illinois. However, this does not apply to Chicago residents, where Phase 1C (expanded to include individuals who work in higher ed.) is scheduled to become effective on March 29. Cook County has not yet determined when it will move to Phase 1C. For faculty and staff living outside Illinois, we encourage you to check with your health provider or pharmacy.
In addition, we encourage all faculty and staff to check the resources on Loyola’s new vaccine website. Please understand that given this evolving situation, we will share more details as they become available. Visit the Loyola website often for updated information.
Once you qualify to receive the vaccine, Loyola encourages you to schedule a vaccination appointment anywhere they are available. Among the many sites offering scheduling assistance are:
Keep in mind that while eligibility will become available this month, you may receive your vaccine appointment in April or May.
Latest CDC Guidance
The latest CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people may enable you to change your personal practices in private settings, but Loyola protocols will remain unchanged.
We ask everyone to continue following our required personal safety practices and participate in surveillance testing if you are on campus. Adherence to mitigation measures such as wearing masks, physical distancing, and limiting gathering sizes contributes to the low positivity rate we have achieved. That’s good news! We deeply appreciate and continue to ask for the cooperation of our entire community.
The CDC cautions that until a sufficient number of people are vaccinated and we reach herd immunity, restrictions in workplace and public settings should remain. Also, until the science about variant spread and re-infection (asymptomatic or symptomatic) among those vaccinated is more definitive, Loyola’s surveillance testing will continue to apply to everyone, including those who have been vaccinated.
Keeping Up to Date
As we learn more about the availability of vaccines, we will share that information with you. In the meantime, visit our new vaccine website and email any questions to COVID-19support@LUC.edu.
Please stay safe. Wear a mask and practice physical distancing to protect yourself and others.
Yours in Loyola,
Thomas M. Kelly
Senior Vice President for Administrative Services
Office of the President
Joan Holden, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
Director, Wellness Center