In partnership with Hedges Pharmacy and the Sarasota Department of Health, New College will offer a second Moderna Vaccine Walk-up Clinic on Friday, 5/14/21 from 10 am to 3 pm in Sudakoff Conference Center on the New College campus. If you do not want to receive the Moderna Vaccine, we have scheduled another clinic for 4/28/21 for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.
The staff from the Department of Health will be prepared to vaccinate anyone who is interested, so we are opening the clinic up to all students, faculty, staff and family members as well as any community members who would like to use this opportunity. We will not schedule appointments but will run this as a walk-up clinic. The combined staff from Hedges Pharmacy and the Department of Health have the capacity for multiple vaccine stations so we do not anticipate long waits. If you are interested, it would be quite helpful for you to send me an email stating your interest so that we can staff the clinic appropriately.
***A state issued picture ID (driver’s license or school ID) is required. ***
There is no charge for the vaccine however if you have insurance it helps to cover some of the administrative costs related to a vaccination clinic. IF you have an insurance/prescription card, please bring it with you. If you do not have insurance, please do not let this keep you from the clinic, as the vaccine is available to everyone over 18 without regard to insurance.
To speed up the process please complete the consent form. If you are able to print out and complete it ahead of time, we will have them on hand to fill out while waiting.
For more information on the Moderna Vaccine, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html
New College of Florida plans to return to in-person instruction, research and co-curricular activities for the Fall 2021 semester. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 and plan to fully reopen in August based on scientific forecasts that the virus will be largely under control by this summer. We anticipate that more than 90% of our classes will be taught in person, all student activities will resume normal operations, and campus housing will be fully occupied this fall. New Student Orientation will be held on campus August 15-18, 2021. Classes will start on Monday, August 23.
This past year has been challenging for our entire New College community as we have grappled with the physical and emotional toll of this pandemic. Thanks to the diligence of our students, faculty, and staff members in following CDC guidelines regarding face coverings, social distancing, and frequent hand washing, we have been fortunate to avoid any major outbreaks on campus. Our full reopening plan for this fall depends on the continued health and safety of our campus community.
All members of the community (students, staff and faculty) who will be on campus at all, must present a negative test result from a COVID-19 test administered no earlier than 7 days prior to their return to campus. A PCR test is preferred, but the College will accept rapid antigen tests to meet this requirement. Students need to email their test results to firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees need to email their test results to email@example.com.
In addition to the pretesting above, all community members who plan to live, work, or study on campus in 2021 must receive a PCR test as soon as possible upon return. Testing will be held at the Sudakoff Center on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you have recovered from your symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19, you may continue to test positive for three months or more without being contagious to others. For this reason, you should be tested only if you develop new symptoms of possible COVID-19. Getting tested again should be discussed with Student Health or your healthcare provider, especially if you have been in close contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Students returning to campus need to submit their COVID-19 test results to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dear Colleagues and Students,
The COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students that was originally scheduled today (April 14) in the Sudakoff Conference Center was canceled due to CDC concerns about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We apologize for the inconvenience to the students who registered for today’s on-campus clinic. All students and employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated at a clinic near you. You can also register with either the Sarasota or Manatee County health department or both. Florida is vaccinating individuals who are 18 or older and students are encouraged to get vaccinated before returning home for the summer.
On Tuesday, April 13, a total of 44 students and 33 employees were tested outside the Sudakoff Conference Center and all were confirmed negative. Thank you to everyone who participated. Students and employees on campus need to continue completing the daily symptom tracker, even after being vaccinated. Your participation will be vital to keeping our community as safe and healthy as possible.
All the best,
Dear Colleagues and Students,
On Tuesday, April 6, a total of 36 students were tested outside the Ham Center and all were confirmed negative. We are still awaiting all of the results for employees who were randomly selected for testing this week. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Due to the presidential candidate meetings in Sudakoff this week, we asked employees to get tested off campus. Testing for both students and employees will return to the Sudakoff Center next Tuesday, April 13. Students can also get tested by USF health care staff on Thursdays (so tomorrow — April 8) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. outside of the CWC
Hedges Pharmacy will be at the Sudakoff Conference Center on Wednesday, April 14, from 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to students and others living on campus who are 18 or older and have registered for the vaccination with the CWC. The 100 appointment slots for next Wednesday have been filled. We need volunteers during the vaccine clinic to help participants with the check-in process and to monitor their status for 15 minutes after being vaccinated. Please email Susan Stahley if you are willing and able to volunteer.
We hope to bring Hedges back to campus for another round of vaccinations later this semester. Thank you to Dr. Anne Fisher and Susan Stahley in the Counseling and Wellness Center, who were instrumental in arranging for Hedges to provide the vaccine to our students as well as staff who live on campus. Participants will receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only requires one dose.
Students and employees on campus need to continue completing the daily symptom tracker, even after being vaccinated. Your participation will be vital to keeping our community as safe and healthy as possible.
All the best,
Dear Colleagues and Students:
As of Monday, March 29, Florida has begun making COVID-19 vaccines available to anyone age 40 or older. On Monday, April 5, the vaccines become available to anyone 18 and older. We encourage all students and employees to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Any employee who must miss work to get vaccinated and opts to submit a copy of their vaccination card to Associate VP for Human Resources Loretta Shields at email@example.com will receive 4 hours of administrative leave. Employees who get vaccinated during work hours but choose not to submit a copy of their vaccination card to the college will need to take sick leave or vacation time.
Please check the Florida Health Department website for vaccination sites near you. The closest sites to campus are the Publix stores at University Walk (2875 University Parkway) and Bayshore Gardens (6030 14th St. West), but you will need to make an appointment online in advance. You can also register with either Sarasota or Manatee County health departments or both. To register with Sarasota County Heath department go to https://member.everbridge.net/
While the vaccine provides significant protection against virus symptoms, it is still not clear whether a vaccinated individual can be a carrier of the virus and potentially transmit it to others. For this reason, all students and employees on campus (regardless of vaccination status) will be subject to random testing for COVID-19. This is a change in our previous policy that allowed vaccinated individuals to be excluded from the random pool.
On Tuesday, March 30, a total of 57 students were tested outside the Ham Center while 40 employees were tested at off-campus sites. We have confirmed that 20 employees tested negative, and hope that all student and employee tests come back negative. Student testing on April 6 will be held outside the Ham Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. USF is also providing on-campus testing for New College students on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. outside of the CWC.
Employees selected for random testing on April 6 will need to get tested off campus. The closest testing sites to New College are the Robert Taylor Community Center and the Sarasota Kennel Club. Testing for students and employees will return to its previous location in front of Sudakoff on April 13, after the presidential candidate meetings have concluded.
I also want to reiterate the New College policy regarding face coverings. Regardless of your vaccination status, employees, students and visitors to campus are required to wear a face covering anywhere on campus indoors or outdoors unless they are alone in an office or dorm room with the door closed, or they are eating or drinking. I appreciate everyone’s diligence in this effort.
All the best,