Today's Update: Thursday, September 2

September 2, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, By now I’m sure you are aware that Ohio State is requiring all of us, students, faculty and staff, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The online portal to report that you have gotten your shots is now open. 

You have probably also seen yesterday afternoon's message that provides details about how to report via the Employee Health Record. You’ll be asked to fill in your vaccine type, complete the dates of your vaccines and provide documentation by uploading your vaccine card. There is more information on the university’s Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website

A limited set of exemptions, with conditions, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

Even if you’ve already reported your status to the university, you’ll need to use this Employee Health Record process this time. Different systems, different conditions.  

More information about the requirement is online.  

I am very pleased with this step. The Delta variant is scary; more deadly, more transmissible and creating significant capacity issues at hospitals everywhere. Our current situation is especially concerning because of the surge of cases among and young and otherwise healthy vaccinated people. 

The medical experts agree that vaccines are the safest and most effective way to protect ourselves and others against COVID-19. 

I understand that some people may be reluctant. As I have shared, my own mother was hesitant until she learned more about the science behind the vaccinations. If you have questions, I’m happy to put you in touch with campus medical experts including those at the Student Health Center and Wexner Medical Center.  

And, as I always like to remind you, if you haven’t received your vaccine, there are many convenient places you can get one (or two!). Vaccination appointments are available via MyChart at the Wexner Medical Center, or via appointment (MyChart) or walk in at Wexner Medical Center Same-Day Care clinics around Columbus.  

You can also be vaccinated at Jesse Owens North Recreation Center. Walk-ins are welcome Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. (except not this Friday because of the long weekend). 

For your sake, your loved ones and our community, please get vaccinated (and then report your status). It’s the Scarlet and Great way to beat this pandemic.

Melissa