Dear Carolina Community,
I hope that you have had the chance to read the latest update from the Carolina Together Testing Program team sent on Monday and view the video Student Body President Lamar Richards and I sent on Wednesday.
I want to take this opportunity to make sure our message is clear to all of our students, faculty and staff — we strongly encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and then tell us when you’re vaccinated on the certification form. The benefits of the vaccine are real, and many sources have shown that it reduces the risk of death and hospitalization if you do contract COVID-19. Beyond that, the vaccine helps protect those around you and helps our community return to a more normal Carolina experience this fall, which I know so many of us want.
As the CTTP email outlined, students who have not let us know they’re vaccinated will get tested every week this semester. We urge you to get your vaccine now. Even if you get your first dose of a two-dose vaccine in your hometown, you will be able to receive your second dose from Campus Health at the Student Stores Pharmacy after you arrive.
For faculty and staff, we know that many of you have been vaccinated but haven’t filled out the EHS Vaccination Certification form; please do that immediately so we have an accurate picture of the vaccination rate on campus.
We’ve said throughout this pandemic that the Carolina spirit prevails when we are working together for the good of our community and to keep each other safe and healthy, no matter where we are located. This remains true as so many of you prepare to come back to campus for what is sure to be an exciting semester, but we need you to do your part: Get Vaccinated. Let us know.
Kevin M. Guskiewicz