90% of the British university community vaccinated: Capilouto

Capilouto provides updates to the campus community

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ / UK Public Relations: – The University of Kentucky campus community – faculty, staff, students and others – has achieved 90% COVID vaccination, President Eli Capitlouto said on Monday in a message to the campus.

Below is Capilouto’s email:

Campus community,

Look at what you have accomplished by working together.

At the end of last week, our campus community hit the 90% mark for COVID-19 vaccinations. That’s 90 percent of our campus community partially or fully immunized.

Yes, we still have work to do, as always. We should be gratified, but never satisfied, with our progress.

This step is an incredible testament to what we can do as a community. We are a community that cares about each other and the state we serve.

Thank you.

Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:

  • Students: 87%
  • Faculty: 97 percent
  • Staff: 93%
  • British campus: 89%
  • Healthcare in UK: 93%

A few other important updates that I want to bring to your attention:

COVID-19 Boosters All fully vaccinated adults, 18 years of age and over, living or working in Kentucky who are at least six months after their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or at least two months after their single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible to receive a reminder. I encourage you to schedule one before the holidays if you are eligible. Find out more here.

Go to ukvaccine.org to sign up for an appointment. This registration process is the same one we used last school year for our immunization clinics.

Vaccine against influenza

You still have time to get your flu shot before the holidays. Experts expect the flu to be particularly severe this season. As such, and as our health systems continue to respond to the pandemic, getting the flu shot is more important than ever. You can find out more about where flu shots are available here.

Vaccines for children 5 to 17 years old

Earlier this month, we opened the COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children aged 5 to 17, located at 245 Fountain Court. This clinic offers a child-friendly environment, supported by child life specialists, and operates Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those interested in vaccinating their children should register at ukvaccine.org and search for the button for ages 5-17.

Biden administrative requirements

There has been a recent wave of legal action over various vaccine arrangements put in place by the Biden administration.

Currently, federal stays are in place for arrangements related to hospitals that receive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); specific requirements for federally contracted workers; and large employers reporting to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We are monitoring these legal developments and will keep you updated as this process continues.

I would like to point out, however, that regardless of the status of these various provisions, university-level vaccine policies remain in place. Vaccines are compulsory for most UK HealthCare employees, unless they have been granted an exemption. And our policy on campus – for employees and staff who come to campus – is to get vaccinated or get tested every week.

These policies remain in place. They are designed to protect us.

Thank you for all you do to keep our community healthy. I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was a time of renewal. I’m grateful to you.

Eli Capilouto

President

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