Expanded COVID-19 Vaccination Availability, Call for Volunteers, and More - Undergraduate Students

To: W&L Undergraduate Students
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: Thursday, April 1

Reminder for Tomorrow's Break

We hope you all enjoy tomorrow's well-deserved break from classes! Please remember to continue to be vigilant in following all guidelines and safety measures, in order to prevent a spike in positive COVID-19 cases like the one that followed our last break. Let's work together to end the term on a high note, with few positive cases and low isolation/quarantine numbers.

Tracking Vaccinations in our Campus Community

As of today, nearly 40% of our campus community has been at least partially vaccinated, with those numbers growing every day! W&L's COVID-19 Dashboard now includes the percentage of all active students, faculty and staff who have self-reported vaccinations through the Daily Attestation application. Please remember to record your vaccinations after each dose. Refer to your COVID-19 vaccination card and select the type of vaccine you received, and the date administered for each dose. Please also email a photo or copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the Student Health Center (studenthealth@wlu.edu) for your medical record after you are fully vaccinated.

Vaccination Clinics and Eligibility

Governor Northam announced today that Virginia will expand vaccine eligibility to all individuals over the age of 16 by April 18! The university will be coordinating with Central Shenandoah Heath District (CSHD) and local providers on vaccination clinics that will most likely be held on multiple dates at the Peebles/Gordmans site in Lexington (College Square Shopping Center at 770 N. Lee Highway). W&L plans to provide transportation for students to the clinic sites as needed. We will communicate clinic and transportation details as they become available in the coming days.

CSHD, Carilion and the Rockbridge Area Health Center are currently vaccinating all groups in Phase 1b. As a reminder:

  • Invitations for local clinics will come by email or phone call and extra appointments will be posted on their website at 12:00 p.m. the day before a clinic.
  • If you do not meet eligibility requirements, your appointment may be cancelled.
  • Per VDH guidelines, for the purposes of qualifying for a vaccination under group 1b, congregate living does not apply to students living on college campuses.

Augusta Health is currently vaccinating all individuals in groups 1a and 1b, as well as all Essential Workers in group 1c. This includes Institutions of Higher Education Faculty/Staff and those with high-risk conditions (see expanded list below). Upcoming clinics and registration links can be found on Augusta Health's Vaccine Appointments website.

Expanded List of High-Risk Conditions, Vaccine Prioritization

On March 29, the CDC added several new medical conditions to its list of those that predispose adults to more severe COVID-19 illness. Individuals with any of these conditions can now be prioritized for vaccination in group 1c.

  • Conditions that had previously been categorized as "might be" placing individuals at increased risk - but now are listed as high risk - include type 1 diabetes (in addition to type 2), moderate-to-severe asthma, liver disease, dementia or other neurological conditions, stroke/cerebrovascular disease, HIV infection, cystic fibrosis, and overweight (in addition to obesity).
  • Substance use disorders, which hadn't been previously listed, are now also considered high-risk.
  • The new list groups together certain categories, such as chronic lung diseases (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis, etc.) and heart conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease, hypertension, etc.).

Volunteers Needed to Help Staff Local COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Multiple COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being held each week at the former Peebles/Gordmans building, and organizers are in need of volunteers to staff stations throughout the process. Different positions include but are not limited to:

  • Parking attendants/wheelchair support to assist with parking in the designated area of the parking lot and assisting those who need help exiting their vehicle and getting into the building.
  • Greeters to welcome community members at the entrance, go through a series of questions, and direct them to the registration table.
  • Waiting Area attendants to assist individuals with registering for their second dose appointment and to answer questions during the 15-minute wait period following vaccination.
  • Volunteers should be prepared to assist the site manager with other tasks as needed.

Training will be provided on-site and volunteers may receive priority access to vaccines. If you are interested in volunteering, please email covid19@wlu.edu with the subject line "Clinic Volunteer" and your name will be added to the list to receive information on dates and times when volunteers are needed.

Reeves Museum Study Hours

The Museums are hosting a series of study hours for W&L students at the Reeves Museum of Ceramics on April 12-14. Students can reserve their own personal spot on those days between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and enjoy extra school supplies, pre-packaged snacks, and plenty of power outlets. Reservations can be made at http://tiny.cc/studyhours.

COVID-19 Committee Office Hours

The COVID-19 Committee will hold office hours every Friday afternoon from 3:00 - 3:45 for the remainder of the term. Use the following Zoom link to drop in: https://wlu.zoom.us/j/93089623352. We look forward to seeing you! As always, please reach out with your concerns if you cannot attend one of these office hours.

Caught You! (doing the right thing, that is!)

Public Safety and Residential Life continue their weekly recognition raffle program to "catch" students doing the right things (e.g., physical distancing, wearing face coverings). Public safety officers, CAs, and RAs are recognizing students on the spot for COVID-safe behaviors, and handing out raffle tickets for great prizes! Follow this program on social media: WLUPubSafe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here are the recent raffle winners:

  • Ruth Abraham (22U)
  • Mustafa Alkhatib (23U)
  • Georgia Ballew (23U)
  • Ava Boussy (23U)
  • Chloe Ciucevich (23U)
  • Lucy Eagleson (24U)
  • Kellen Egan (23U)
  • Tyler Hellstern (24U)
  • Abdi Jha (21U)
  • Harrison Kelly (24U)
  • Catherine McKean (24U)
  • Autumn Smith (22U)
  • Brendan Smith (24U)
  • Leslie Sparling (22U)
  • Patrick Stoffel (23U)
  • Connor Verrett (23U)

Please continue to check the COVID-19 Resources website for the latest campus messages and resources, and to submit your questions to covid19@wlu.edu.