COVID-19 remains a serious public health issue for our campus and community. In addition to continuing to wear your face coverings, waiting 6 feet apart, and washing your hands, getting vaccinated is an important tool in our fight against this virus.
I am excited to announce that we will soon host vaccine clinics just for you, our students. In my role as the Medical Director for Student Health Services, and on behalf of all of us here at UNCG that care deeply about your health and well-being, I hope you will strongly consider getting vaccinated.
- All of us – the faculty, staff, and administration here at UNCG – want nothing more than for life to return to normal so that you can have the full student experience that you all deserve. The more people who get vaccinated, the faster that is likely to happen.
- Getting vaccinated has several important benefits:
- It provides very strong protection against getting really sick if you get the virus.
- There is growing evidence that it also reduces the likelihood that you will be infected by the virus.
- Once you are fully protected (2 weeks after your final dose of vaccine), you are less likely to need to quarantine even if you are exposed to the virus.
- Your decision to get vaccinated also helps provide protection to your family and friends and to the larger community:
- To the extent that you’re less likely to get infected by the virus, you’re also less likely to spread the virus to others.
- The more people who are vaccinated, the less chance the virus has to mutate as it moves from person to person, making it less likely for more dangerous variants of the virus to develop.
Decisions about your health are not ones to be taken lightly. I suspect that many of you have questions about the vaccine – how it works; how it was developed; potential side effects. Asking questions is always a good thing when it comes to your health, and I encourage you to take the time to learn more about the vaccine if you do have questions. To help you think through your decision about whether or not to get vaccinated, I’ve included some answers to commonly asked questions below. We’ve also updated the Student Health Services website to include these FAQs, and included links to several trusted sites that provide additional information. And as always, if you have further questions, please talk with your healthcare provider.
Stay healthy and safe, Spartans. We are making progress, but the pandemic isn’t over. Again, please continue to follow the 3 W’s – wear your face covering, wait 6 feet, and wash your hands. And please consider getting vaccinated.
Traci McMillian, M.D.
Medical Director, Student Health Services