COVID-19 Vaccination and Protocol Information

Dear Staff and Faculty,

We are writing today to provide you with important vaccine information and new changes to our COVID-19 protocols on campus. 

To begin with, it is wonderful to hear about so many faculty and staff getting vaccinated. While we have many more people to vaccinate in the coming weeks and months, we are certainly on the right path to achieving a high vaccination rate for our campus. To this end, last week,1,200 students completed a survey about their vaccination intentions. The results show that we have a very good chance of becoming a highly vaccinated community by fall 2021, which will enable us to return to more normal campus operations. 

Here is some of the data:

  • 8% of survey respondents are already vaccinated (98 students) 

  • 85% of survey respondents want to be vaccinated as soon as possible  

  • 2% of survey respondents want to wait a couple of months 

  • 1% of survey respondents do not plan to be vaccinated

  • 4% of survey respondents are undecided  

The most important data point is that 95% of the students who responded to our survey are either already vaccinated or planning to be vaccinated by the fall semester. This is very encouraging news for our fall planning! 

With your help, we also would like to begin highlighting our vaccination progress as a community. Later this semester we will add a new section to the COVID-19 dashboard on the Path Forward website that shows the vaccination rate of employees and students. In order to provide the community with accurate data, we encourage you to report your vaccination. Vaccination records for all employees will be kept confidential and be managed by Human Resources (students will report their vaccine record to Student Health Services). We ask that you share your vaccination record after you have received the second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or after the first (and only) shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Please note that providing this information is your choice—it is not a requirement by the College, but it will help us make critical decisions as we plan for fall 2021.

If you are participating in the College’s on-campus testing program you may:

  1. Use the CoVerified app or visit the CoVerified website (https://web.coverified.us/login)

    • Select the Report icon from the menu bar

    • Select Upload Vaccine Record

    • Enter the vaccine information and upload file/photo of your COVID vaccine card

  1. Present your vaccination card in person:

    • Dining Services staff should see Sara O’Connor, dining services personnel manager

    • Facilities Management staff should see Colleen Berard, coordinator of employee leave and benefits

    • There will be opportunities in the near future to present your card in person to Human Resources staff. Stay tuned for more information.

If you are not participating in the College’s on-campus testing program:

  • Visit the CoVerified website (https://web.coverified.us/login) or download the CoVerified app 

  • Log into the website or app by using your College username and password. Please note: some of you have both short form and long form email addresses--you should use the short form email address. If the short form does not work then try the long form. If you have problems logging into CoVerified, please contact Sarah Cardwell (scardwel@conncoll.edu). 

  • Once you are logged into CoVerified:

    • Select the Report icon from the menu bar

    • Select Upload Vaccine Record

    • Enter the vaccine information and upload file/photo of your COVID vaccine card 

In addition, there are a couple of new COVID-19 protocol adjustments we want to announce: 

  • If you are fully vaccinated, which means two weeks past your Johnson & Johnson shot or two weeks past your second Moderna/Pfizer shot, you do not need to quarantine after travel or if identified through contact tracing as a close contact of a positive person. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, then you need to isolate and see a medical professional. Please note that even when you are fully vaccinated, you still need to continue being tested on campus and following all other COVID-19 expectations. 

  • Regardless of vaccination status, we are shifting the social distancing distance from six feet to three feet when OUTSIDE (still wearing a face covering) for everyone on campus who is part of the testing program. The distance continues to be six feet when you are inside. Please note that this applies to the campus when we are operating in Alert Level 1-Green. 

We hope this information is helpful and that you are as encouraged as we are by the accelerated vaccination plan in our state. Getting your vaccine is the best way to keep you, your family, our campus community and our neighbors safe. It will also enable us to open up our campus to the fullest experience possible for students, staff and faculty as quickly as possible. 

We encourage you to get your vaccine as soon as you are eligible. Doing so will help us achieve Camel community immunity!

Sincerely, 

Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students 

Cheryl Miller
Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development