To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Interim Provost Ande Durojaiye
Subject: Update from COVID-19 Preparedness Team
Dear Campus Community,
You may have heard about the new COVID-19 variants in the United States that are much more contagious. Health experts say the best line of defense continues to be wearing facial coverings, social distancing and using proper health hygiene. For a refresher on these steps, review our Norse Nine principles.
We are receiving many questions about Kentucky’s Draft COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan and NKU’s schedule. Kentucky is currently in Phase 1B, which includes people over 70 years old and those who work in a K-12 setting. Higher Education personnel are in Phase 1C. That phase was scheduled to begin in mid-March, but the Commonwealth just announced that those in Phase 1C can sign up for their vaccination appointments beginning on February 1. We are told that sign up will be through Kroger, but we do not have any additional details on that process. We also have not received word when NKU will receive our doses of the vaccine to distribute to our employees. As we learn more, we will share with campus. Please also keep in mind the country is facing production and distribution problems that may impact the timing and the number of doses Kentucky receives at any time.
As President Vaidya shared earlier this month, NKU expects to vaccinate our university personnel– faculty, staff and student workers, including employees who live out of state. It is recommended that people get the vaccine at the earliest opportunity, so if you are able to get vaccinated before NKU can offer any vaccines on campus, please do so. Once NKU receives its allocation, we will prioritize vaccinating those who are the highest risk and public facing first. More details on NKU’s vaccination procedures will be shared in the coming weeks. We created a Vaccination FAQ on our COVID-19 Preparedness website to address the common questions asked by our campus.
Please continue to check in on the Healthy@NKU app before coming to campus. If you feel sick, 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, we ask you to self-report it to NKU via the COVID-19 Online Reporting Form. All these steps are to keep our campus community as healthy as we can during the pandemic.