On Monday, Missouri moved to Phase 2 in the COVID-19 vaccination priority. That means all of our faculty and staff at Missouri State are now eligible to be vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the state’s access to COVID-19 vaccination has improved drastically, and we expect it to continue to improve in the coming weeks and months.
Magers Health and Wellness Center has appointments available this week for vaccination.
Magers is currently administering the Pfizer vaccine. We anticipate switching to the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the coming weeks to facilitate vaccination of students. If you prefer to receive the Pfizer vaccine, it is important that you immediately schedule your vaccination at Magers.
Students become eligible April 9
Next Friday, the state will move to the final phase in the COVID-19 vaccination priority. This means everyone — including all of our students — will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
I encourage all of our campus community — faculty, staff, students and others — to get vaccinated. Vaccination protects you and your loved ones from the virus. It also prevents you from having to quarantine when exposed to someone with the virus so long as you do not develop symptoms.
Widespread vaccination will also be a critical factor in determining what activities we can have on campus, whether masking will be required after this semester ends, and what other health and safety protocols will remain in place.
April 8-9 mass vaccination event on campus
To ensure that our campus and the wider Springfield community has robust access to COVID-19 vaccine, we are currently working with state and local leaders to host a mega mass vaccination event in Hammons Student Center on April 8 and 9.
I encourage all of our faculty and staff to get vaccinated at Magers or elsewhere before this event. However, if you have not yet been vaccinated, information about signing up for this event will be available later this week.
Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!
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