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Message from Interim Provost Durojaiye: February 26

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Interim Provost Ande Durojaiye
Date:  2/23/21
Subject: Update from COVID-19 Preparedness Team

Dear Campus Community,

Governor Beshear recently announced that vaccinations for those in Phase 1c would start on Monday, March 1, for Kentucky residents. Exactly how this will be rolled out is still being defined for the northern Kentucky region. Here is what we know as of now:

First, and most important, is that there is no expected increase in the number of doses of the vaccine for the coming week, so access to supply will continue to be a challenge.

All sites will continue to accept those in Phase 1a and Phase 1b. However, vaccination sites will prioritize those in Phase 1c differently.

  • The NKY Health Department will accept those age 60 or older or those age 16 or older with high-risk conditions defined by the CDC (listed below). But at this time, all their appointment slots are currently full.
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare will accept anyone who meets Phase 1c criteria. But at this time, all their appointment slots are currently full.
  • Kroger has not yet officially announced its prioritization, but the governor announced that their mass vaccination site in the Covington Convention Center will accept those age 60 or older or those age 16 or older with high-risk conditions defined by the CDC (listed below). At this time, however, their online registration site is only accepting those meeting criteria for Phase 1a and Phase 1b.
  • Walgreens has not yet announced its prioritization. At this time, however, their online registration site is only accepting those meeting criteria for Phase 1a and Phase 1b.
  • Walmart has not yet announced its prioritization. At this time, however, their online registration site is only accepting those meeting criteria for Phase 1a and Phase 1b.

For those who are eligible to receive the vaccine, we urge you to check online often for appointment availability. Unfortunately, there is no centralized method for doing so at this time. The links for all sites in northern Kentucky are available here: https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19-home/covid-19-vaccination/

For NKU employees who do not live in Kentucky, at this time:

  • Ohio has not yet announced who will be included in their Phase 1c, nor have they set a date for when Phase 1c vaccinations will begin. At this time, in addition to those in Phase 1a, those age 65 or older or those age 16 or older who were born with high-risk conditions (listed below) are eligible. You can find where to register for the vaccine online: https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
  • Indiana has not yet announced who will be included in their next phase, nor have they set a date for when those vaccinations will begin. At this time, only those age 60 or older or those who are first responders, work in a healthcare setting, or have exposure to COVID-19 infected material are eligible. Indiana residents can register for the vaccine online: https://vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov.

Here are the CDC-defined high-risk conditions for Phase 1c for Kentucky:

  • Cancer.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease.
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
  • Down Syndrome.
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathy
  • Immunocompromised state (such as weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant.
  • Obesity (body mass over 30%).
  • Severe obesity (body mass over 40%).
  • Pregnancy.
  • Sickle cell.
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Here are the childhood high-risk conditions for Phase 1b in Ohio:

  • Sickle cell anemia. 
  • Down syndrome. 
  • Cystic fibrosis. 
  • Muscular dystrophy.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Spina bifida.
  • People born with severe heart defects requiring regular specialized medical care.
  • People with severe type 1 diabetes who have been hospitalized for this in the past year.
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders. 
  • Epilepsy with continuing seizures; hydrocephaly; microcephaly and other severe neurological disorders. 
  • Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and other severe genetic disorders.
  • People with severe asthma who have been hospitalized for this in the past year.
  • Alpha and beta thalassemia. 
  • Solid organ transplant candidates and recipients.

We will continue to update you as we learn more information about the COVID vaccine. Thank you for your patience, and, as always, stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Ande Durojaiye

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