April 13: Important Vaccine Updates

TO: SJU Community
FROM: Zenobia Hargust, M.S., SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer; Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life and Associate Provost
RE: Important Vaccine Updates
DATE: April 13, 2021 at 4:39 P.M. 

What You Need To Know:

  • Members of the University community are highly encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible unless otherwise directed by your primary care provider.
  • By getting vaccinated, you are demonstrating your commitment to your own health, your loved ones, the most vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19, and all on Hawk Hill.
  • Report your vaccination status through the University’s voluntary vaccination disclosure survey.

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced that all Pennsylvanians 16 years and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine beginning today. The University strongly recommends that all community members receive a vaccine. Vaccination is considered the most effective way to protect our communities from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keep in mind that Philadelphia County remains a separate vaccination jurisdiction. Higher education staff residing in Philadelphia became eligible yesterday, with the remainder of Phase 1C. All other city residents over the age of 16 are eligible beginning on April 19.

For the latest on the City’s vaccine progress, check here.

While the University continues to explore offering an on-campus vaccine clinic for our community and neighbors, securing a supply remains a challenge. However, there are numerous ways to schedule a vaccine appointment for yourself. The Commonwealth’s vaccine locator is a useful tool. For more helpful links, visit the Hawk Hill Ahead website.

Lastly, monitoring the percentage of our population that has been vaccinated will help us to make future decisions. Additionally, students who are fully vaccinated follow a different set of quarantine procedures and are not required to participate in surveillance testing. Please take a moment to complete the voluntary disclosure of your vaccination status to the University.

Please take the time to schedule a vaccine if you have not done so already.