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Get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and record your booster

Published: January 3, 2022 Author: Staff reports

Ohio University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. The University will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Heritage Community Clinic in Grosvenor West on the Athens campus this Friday, Jan. 7, offering initial vaccine rounds as well as boosters.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection, severe illness, hospitalization and death, and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If you are fully vaccinated but not yet boosted, the University encourages you to get your booster as soon as you qualify. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone 16 years and older to receive a booster shot if it has been at least six months since their first Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after their single Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

According to the CDC, the initial COVID-19 vaccine doses continue to work well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death against the delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate disease over time, according to Gillian Ice, special assistant to the president for public health operations.

“We are still learning how well the vaccines work against severe disease, hospitalization and death with the omicron variant, but early research suggests some loss in efficacy, particularly with respect to transmission and mild illness,” Ice said. “Early research shows that boosters help increase immune response and improve efficacy against omicron.”

After you receive your booster, upload your booster record. You must complete this booster form independently of OHIO’s vaccine requirement form, even if your vaccine and booster are recorded on the same card you uploaded on the vaccine requirement form.

 

All OHIO students, faculty, and staff asked to upload vaccination or booster record to avoid quarantine 

The CDC’s updated quarantine guidance allows those who have been boosted or recently fully vaccinated to avoid a five-day quarantine if exposed to the virus. If you are not yet vaccinated or boosted, schedule an appointment anywhere in Ohio.

If you are fully vaccinated but haven’t yet uploaded your vaccination card, do so now via the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8i9R119LHXErT2C. If you previously selected a pathway but have not already uploaded your vaccination card, do so immediately by pasting the above link into an incognito browser.

If you have been boosted but haven’t yet uploaded your booster record, do so now and avoid quarantine if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beZyfM68DKQ082W. Only those who are fully vaccinated and have recorded their vaccination series through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program can access this booster recording form.

NOTE: You must upload your booster record via the booster link above in addition to uploading your vaccination record via the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program, even if your vaccine and booster are recorded on the same card. 

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