A message from Dr. Christopher L. Holoman • September 7, 2021 5:23 pM
Dear Centenary community,
On August 25, I wrote to you:
An important milestone in our collective fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic occurred Monday, August 23, when the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. FDA approval opens a path for Centenary to require all members of our community – students, faculty, and staff – to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Centenary will be announcing a timeline soon for adding approved COVID-19 vaccines to the current list of required vaccinations. Louisiana law does allow individuals to opt out of vaccines. Students, faculty, and staff choosing this option must submit a formal request for an exemption and will also be required to test regularly for COVID-19 to safeguard the health and safety of both themselves and the campus community.
I am now announcing that timeline. Please review the information below carefully.
All students, faculty, staff, and contracted personnel must receive at minimum the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or have an approved waiver by October 18, 2021. Please note:
- Any individual who is approved for a waiver will be required to continue weekly testing and continue to mask indoors.
- After an individual has received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the College will cover the cost of required testing through the second dose.
- If an individual begins a 2-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), they are expected to receive the second dose within the subsequent three weeks. Individuals who begin but do not complete a 2-dose regimen in the allotted time will not be considered vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines were first administered in the United States on December 14, 2020. Large-scale clinical trials have found that COVID-19 vaccination prevented most people from getting COVID-19 and is highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death related to the disease. There are local and national resources available to help you learn about the safety and efficacy of the three vaccines and to find a vaccination site:
- The CDC provides frequent updates to its Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines page, including information about vaccine safety, side effects, and activities that fully vaccinated individuals can enjoy.
- Centenary’s Vaccination Information page contains local resources for vaccination sites, an FAQ, and links to a recording from the College’s expert vaccine panel discussion hosted in January 2021.
- Find a vaccination location near you at vaccines.gov.
Individuals requesting a COVID-19 vaccine waiver should fill out this information form by October 1, 2021. Waiver information and forms will be provided via email.
Students may direct questions about this policy to firstname.lastname@example.org and employees may direct questions to Human Resources.
Our campus vaccination rates have continued to increase since the beginning of the fall term. I appreciate those who have initiated and completed their vaccinations as and I ask all of us to continue to carefully follow our protocols for masking and distancing – all of these actions help keep our campus and our Centenary community members healthy and safe.