Dear members of the university community,
We’re only three weeks away from the start of the fall semester – just enough time to get our full COVID-19 vaccine. Cases and hospitalizations have further increased in our community, and the sick are mostly young and many are not vaccinated.
Although the evidence shows that people who have been vaccinated can contract COVID-19, their symptoms are generally milder. If you are not vaccinated, you are taking a significant risk to your health.
On the advice of Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Board of Governors, this fall classes will return to campus with no distance option or physical distancing in our classrooms. There are no plans to change the university’s operations to accommodate people who choose not to be vaccinated.
If you have not yet taken the vaccine, I urge you to do so this week so that we can all enter the fall of 2021 protected against this serious disease. If you have friends who are not vaccinated, encourage them to get vaccinated.
We are lucky that vaccines are free and widely available in our community and on our campus. We are moving the vaccination site to the Graham Center Piano Lounge in MMC to make vaccination easier and more convenient.
Meeting on campus: The first doses of Pfizer vaccine will be available on Wednesday August 4. Everyone must bring photo ID or birth certificate. Vaccination appointments are now open and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to members of the University community and eligible family members. Please register for an appointment as soon as possible using your FIU credentials. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-in visits are welcome from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 4. Please note that the Pfizer vaccine requires a second injection three weeks after the first injection.
At FIU, we strive to help our Panther family stay safe and healthy. Remember, whether or not vaccinated, we all must continue to meet COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone – vaccinated or not – wear face coverings indoors.
Before arriving on campus each day, each member of the university community must complete the P3 application questionnaire.
A fully vaccinated college community is the ultimate expression of Panther Protecting Panthers and accelerates our path to effective learning with minimal disruption due to quarantine or hospitalization.
Do not delay getting vaccinated. Please take advantage of the three weeks before the start of the fall session. Together, we can ensure the well-being of everyone on campus.
Mark B. Rosenberg