Today's Update: Wednesday, April 21

April 21, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, First, I want to wish all Administrative Assistants throughout Student Life and the entire university a very happy Administrative Assistants’ Day! I honestly don’t know how they do it, especially Stacy Smith without whom I would be lost…and late to everything. Thank you all for the many ways you show support and keep us all going! 

Speaking of keeping us all going, one of the most important ways we can all contribute for a more “normal” return to campus, is by getting vaccinated. 

We keep hearing how difficult it is for people in some places around the country, and the world, to get a COVID-19 vaccine. That certainly isn’t the case here, and I’m not sure we realize how fortunate we are to live in Ohio and have the Wexner Medical Center nearby.  

As you’ve seen, the university has dedicated a portion of the first-dose vaccine appointments at the Schottenstein Center Vaccine Station to any Ohio State student, faculty or staff member. 

Even with the issues related to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, you can get an appointment for your shot at the Schott nearly any day you like. Some are even available the same day. Early High Fives to everyone who has made that possible.  

It’s not so simple from state-to-state. Since the vaccine became available, I have been very eager to help my mom get hers in Georgia. I spent a lot of time on the phone and on websites trying to get her scheduled, to no avail. Then when I was able to visit, I talked her into trying to get a drop-in appointment at a drug store (that had previously said they were full). I can’t tell you how overjoyed I was when the pharmacist said, “Well, sure!”  

I continue to be so relieved and grateful that through this vaccine my mom has a much better chance of fighting COVID should she ever be exposed. And I feel the same way every time I hear from one of you or our students that they have made the choice to get vaccinated.   

Ohio State has made it so easy here. We’re even running a shuttle to the Schottenstein Center for students, faculty and staff, with stops at the Ohio Union and Blackburn House. You can schedule through MyChart or by calling 614-688-8299. 

I encourage you to get the vaccine. And if you’ve already gotten your shot, encourage students, your friends, colleagues, neighbors and friends to do the same. 

It’s the Scarlet and Great way to help us get to the next normal.