Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - May 7


May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which serves as an important reminder that our mental health is just as important as our physical health. As you ease into the weekend, I hope you are all able to get some rest and time away from the office — whether that’s virtual or on campus. We have more graduation ceremonies happening this weekend – a continued thak you for all the hard work put into making these events so successful. And Happy Mother’s Day to all our Spartan moms this weekend!

Here’s your weekly communications recap. 

Important updates:

  • Monday, MSU shared it resumed its walk-up clinic at the north end of the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. Appointments are available this week and next week for first and second dose appointments. 
  • Tuesday, President Stanley sent a letter to all MSU faculty and staff expressing his gratitude for a successful academic year, despite the continue challenges brought on by the pandemic, and for all the effort put into our more than 50 graduation ceremonies.
  • Wednesday, MSU Health Care announced it has been provided vaccines to administer to its patients, MSU students, employees and retirees. It is standing up a clinic at MSU Pharmacy that will operate Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To schedule an appointment, please visit pharmacy.msu.edu.
  • Thursday, MSU announced a one-day vaccination clinic to administer the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to those who wish to receive it. The clinic is Monday only and will operate from 9 a.m. to noon. No appointment is necessary. 
  • Dr. Debra Furr-Holden shared her insights as a public health expert on vaccine providers resuming administering the J&J vaccine. Read them here.
  • Dr. Furr-Holden also took to Instagram to dispel myths about the J&J vaccine with students.

Spartan stories:

  • A Spartan College of Human Medicine student is pursuing public health as a working mom. Her goal? Confront disparities of access in health care related to the field of oncology. Read more.

As always, please continue to check our Together We Will website for the latest information on our response to the pandemic, and MISpartan Impact for stories on partnerships and collaborations across the state. Attached is an updated 800 script for you and your units to use when responding to callers or those who have questions about MSU’s response to COVID-19.