To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Interim Provost Ande Durojaiye
Subject: Update from COVID-19 Preparedness Team
Dear Campus Community,
As of today, we still have no estimated timeline to share for the start of vaccine Phase 1C in Kentucky — the phase that includes NKU faculty and staff. However, we are able to share with you an informative comparison of the available vaccines, which I have attached to this email for your review. This document includes information on the target population, efficacy information and possible side effects for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
While we wait for news about vaccines to be offered through NKU, our recommendation is to take the first vaccine available to you whether it comes through our university or another option. Please note that NKU is not administering vaccinations at this time.
Also, I’d like to remind you that you can sign up to receive vaccine updates from the state by completing a simple survey at vaccine.ky.gov. You’ll answer a few questions about yourself and provide your contact information.
Next week, we will have the first two supplemental off days in place of our traditional spring break. The university will be CLOSED on Monday, Feb. 15, meaning faculty, staff and students will be off with no classes held. There will be no classes on Tuesday, Feb. 16, but staff will report for work. Looking ahead, faculty, staff and students will be also be off on March 12 and April 2 while no classes will be held April 1.
I hope everyone is able to enjoy the added time off and relax.
With no classes held Monday and Tuesday, our dining options at the Student Union Food Court and Norse Commons will run on different schedules. All retail locations will be closed in the Student Union on Monday. Then on Tuesday, Starbucks will operate from 7:30 a.m. through 3 p.m., and Travel Wagon will be open from 10:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. Residential dining will be open for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. on both days.
Finally, as we continue to work through the process of vaccinating our campus community and the population at large, remember to stay vigilant by continuing to wear facial coverings, social distancing and using proper health hygiene. Continue to check in on the Healthy@NKU app before coming to campus and if you are sick, please stay home and contact your health care provider. Follow the student and/or employee flow chart for guidance if you are required to quarantine or test positive for the virus. If you do have a positive test, please self-report it to NKU via the COVID-19 Online Reporting Form.
All of our important strategies are part of our Norse Nine principles and are always available online.
As always, thank you all for working to keep our community safe and healthy. Sincerely,