St. Olaf College | COVID-19

April 16, 2021 at 12:02 p.m.

On-Campus Vaccine Clinic Next Week

To St. Olaf College faculty and staff
From Campus Reopening Lead Enoch Blazis

Dear St. Olaf Community,

Great news: Next week we will have 1,000 Pfizer vaccines to distribute on campus to St. Olaf students, faculty, and staff.

The St. Olaf vaccine clinic, hosted in partnership with Northfield Urgent Care, will be held on Thursday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Skoglund Athletic Center. All St. Olaf students, faculty, and staff will receive an email invitation later today to sign up. If you want a vaccine, please use the link in that email to sign up as soon as possible — no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 19.

This is a FIRST DOSE vaccine clinic that is only for individuals who have not yet received any COVID-19 vaccine doses. If you have already received your first dose of the vaccine elsewhere, you may not attend this clinic to receive your second dose. If you have not yet had any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, I strongly encourage you to sign up for this vaccine clinic.

These vaccines are by appointment only, so you need to use the link to register for an appointment at a specific time.  You will automatically be registered to receive your second dose of this vaccine exactly three weeks later, at the same appointment time, on campus on Thursday, May 13 (one week before finals). You must be able to attend both vaccine clinics to receive the first and second doses.

Because of the importance of getting the community vaccinated, please be flexible with colleagues and students to support their ability to take about 30 minutes to get this vaccine on campus. If you have questions about the logistics of this clinic, please email vaccinec19@stolaf.edu.

Already vaccinated? Let us know!
If you have already been vaccinated, or are in the process of doing so, please fill out the new vaccine section of the Health Reporting Form. If you click on the form, you will see the button for submitting your vaccination status under the “What are you reporting?” section. Please fill out this form no matter where you were vaccinated or which COVID-19 vaccine you received.

So far 279 students have reported that they are completely vaccinated, and 388 students reported that they have had the first shot of their vaccine — for a total of 667 students reporting that they are fully vaccinated or in the process of receiving a vaccine.

At this point, 201 faculty and staff have reported that they are completely vaccinated, and 178 reported that they have had the first shot of their vaccine — for a total of 379 faculty and staff reporting that they are fully vaccinated or in the process of receiving a vaccine.

COVID-19 Testing Results
Of the 1,432 surveillance and targeted tests we have received results for so far this week, 18 were positive. This means in this week’s testing we had a positivity rate of 1.3%. Rice County’s 14-day case rate per 10,000 people increased once again this week, and is currently at 54.13.

Because we continue to see a steady number of COVID-19 cases on campus, we will remain in our heightened Yellow Campus Alert Level. The Yellow Campus Alert Level restrictions I’ve mentioned over the past few weeks remain in place, and they apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people on campus.

Many thanks to everyone’s continued support of the St Olaf community by recognizing until the vast majority of the campus is fully vaccinated, we need to continue to adhere to our Community Standards.  Be well and enjoy the sunshine!

Enoch