*The following message was sent to the Hiram College community on Thursday, September 2, 2021.
As we have communicated to you throughout the summer, as more and more members of the campus community — including students, faculty and staff — get vaccinated against COVID-19, we increase our chances of achieving community immunity. Not only do you have a greatly improved resistance to the virus if you are fully vaccinated, but you also help reduce the spread of the virus to others. Achieving community immunity is the best way to continue our academic year safely and in person. Over the past few months, we have been advising all students, faculty and staff to take the necessary steps to become fully vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester.
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, which was previously available under an emergency use authorization. The FDA has asserted that “the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product.” Additional information on the FDA’s decision can be found on their website.
With the FDA’s approval of the COVID-19 vaccine, Hiram College is requiring that all students, faculty, and staff become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. By complying with this new requirement, we are all doing our part to minimize the impact of this public health crisis on our campus.
For those not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, we are requiring that you receive your first dose no later than October 1. If you are receiving a two-dose vaccine, you must complete your second dose no later than November 1. The College may also extend this requirement to booster shots of the vaccine in the future. Administrators are in discussion with the College’s on-campus partners (AVI and ABM) to communicate this addition to our COVID-19 protocol.
To submit your vaccination information to the College (if you have not already done so or once you become fully vaccinated), please complete the following electronic form:
- For students, please complete this form to submit your information to the Julia Church Health Center (if you have not already done so).
- For faculty and staff, please send a scan of your vaccination card to the Office of Human Resources at email@example.com (if you have not already done so or if you previously submitted a vaccination card prior to receiving your second dose).
Vaccines are free and available on campus at the Julia Church Health Center. Currently, the Health Center has Pfizer vaccines and a limited supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. To receive your vaccine, please contact the Health Center at 330.569.5418. The Health Center will host a walk-in vaccine clinic, open to the community, on Friday, Sept. 3 from noon to 4 p.m.
In addition, you can use Rite Aid’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduler to book an appointment with the Rite Aid near campus (10764 North Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231). You can also use the Vaccine Management Solution from the Ohio Department of Health to book an appointment with a vaccination clinic in your area.
The only permitted exemptions to the vaccine will be for health conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs. The exemption form is due no later than October 1.
- Students applying for an exemption should complete this electronic form to submit their exemption to the Health Center.
- Faculty and staff applying for an exemption should submit their exemption form to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information about vaccines and their effectiveness against COVID-19, please review this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you’d like to make an appointment to speak confidentially with a staff member about this issue, please contact the Health Center at 330.569.5418.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our community as safe as possible.