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COVID-19 Information

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Matt Cecil
Date:  8/24/21
Subject: FDA Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Dear Campus Community,
On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for individuals 16 and older. This is a huge milestone in our battle with this pandemic, and it means people can be confident that the vaccine meets the safety levels required by our government. NKU’s Health, Counseling and Student Wellness has the Pfizer vaccines available free of charge. Call 859-572-5650 or email for an appointment.

Even with the good news on the vaccination front, the Delta variant is a serious concern, and we are reviewing our parameters that will trigger the university to pivot. Our focus is keeping everyone safe and our students progressing towards their academic goals.

Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and others:

Get Vaccinated and Win Prizes

Getting vaccinated is your best protection. The vaccines are safe and effective in preventing serious disease. We strongly encourage individuals to get vaccinated and are providing an incentive when you share your vaccination status with the university. Upload the information on your COVID-19 vaccine on myNKU to be eligible to win 1,000 prize drawings for $100 each, followed by a week of grand-prize drawings.

Tomorrow, we will draw the first group of winners, so be sure to upload your vaccination information today and keep an eye on your email to see if you have won. We will be randomly selecting the winners for the next eight weeks. For more information, visit the vaccination contest webpage by clicking here.

Please also know that vaccination information is confidential and will help us track progress toward our goal of at least 80-percent vaccination rate for NKU. We will re-evaluate the masking requirement when the campus reaches that threshold. More information about vaccines can be found in NKU’s vaccination FAQs, and the university also has a COVID-19 vaccination dashboard to track vaccination rates in the region.

Delta Symptoms

Health experts describe the Delta variant as more vicious than the first strain of COVID we saw last fall. Symptoms of delta infection also differ somewhat from than those associated with the original coronavirus. Cough and loss of smell are less common, but headache, sore throat, runny nose and fever are more common. These symptoms are hard to distinguish from a normal cold/flu. If you’re sick or not feeling well, please stay home and contact Health Services or your healthcare provider. Do not come to campus or visit the Student Health Center without calling first.

Testing and Exposure Protocols

NKU has COVID-19 testing available if you believe you have been infected. The Northern Kentucky Health Department also list additional facilities on its COVID-19 testing website and more information is also available on our COVID-19 Preparedness website. If you do have close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19, or you test positive for the virus, follow the student and/or employee flow chart for guidance. And remember, if you test positive, we ask you to self-report it to NKU via the COVID-19 Online Reporting Form.

As we follow the COVID trends in our region, I ask you all to remember that we could need to pivot very quickly. Be prepared for new mitigation efforts based on our numbers and know these are not arbitrary decisions. Our plan from last year can be modified as necessary. We are working in the best interest of our campus community. Be kind, be patient and be a problem solver. We are all in this together–Norse Nation.