Community Health Update for September 21

A weekly update from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley with community health information, important resources and announcements of any changes to protocols.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Key information in this week’s Community Health Update:

  • Elon recommends bivalent COVID-19 booster for students, faculty, and staff
  • Faculty/staff flu clinics
  • Community health status update

Elon recommends bivalent COVID-19 booster for students, faculty, and staff

The University joins the CDC in recommending that all students, faculty, and staff receive the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible to do so. The CDC website offers comprehensive information about staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters.

In making the recommendation that individuals receive the new updated booster, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky indicated, “the updated COVID-19 boosters are formulated to better protect against the most recently circulating COVID-19 variant. They can help restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination and were designed to provide broader protection against newer variants.”

The Elon Campus Health Status & Alerts website has the dates for upcoming flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics. During several of the clinics in October and November, students, faculty, and staff can receive the flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster at the same time. Advance sign-up is recommended for all clinics.

Details about Elon’s vaccine recommendations are available on the COVID-19 webpage.

Faculty/staff flu clinics

In addition to the campus-wide clinics, the Faculty/Staff Health & Wellness Clinic is also offering flu clinics this fall to all employees, retirees, and their dependents ages 18 years and over who are covered under Elon’s health insurance. Appointments are available every Wednesday through November 2. Visit the Faculty/Staff Health & Wellness Clinic website for more information and to register for an appointment.

Community health status update

Each Tuesday afternoon by 4 p.m. the university COVID-19 webpage is updated with information about the status of COVID-19 in our community. The site also includes a link to the latest information about the CDC COVID-19 community levels, which are currently at medium in Alamance County and low in Guilford County.

The next Community Health Update is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 28, by 10:45 a.m.

Jon Dooley, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Life