COVID-19 vaccine

Employee town hall - Recorded Feb. 18, 2021

Watch President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., College of Human Medicine Associate Dean for Public Health Integration Dr. Debra Furr-Holden and MSU Emergency Management Coordinator Lt. David Oslund discuss the COVID-19 vaccines and answer employee questions.
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Vaccine prioritization 

As the massive COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues across the globe, the state of Michigan – using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – has developed a prioritization for vaccination eligibility for providers to follow.

Vaccine injectionAt this time, the vaccine is only being distributed via hospital systems, county health departments and some pharmacies, not via employers. This means MSU is not receiving doses of the vaccine from the state to administer.

It is important to note that each vaccine provider is using its own parameters for eligibility, and it may be months before many in our community will be able to receive the vaccine. In Ingham County, those being given the vaccine now are in Phases 1A and 1B and include health care workers, residents in long-term care facilities, first responders, K-12 educators, childcare providers and those aged 65 and older. The university does continue to advocate for our faculty and staff to be vaccinated sooner. Anyone with questions about their eligibility to receive the vaccine should contact their county health department.

Many MSU health care workers and first responders have received the vaccine through the Ingham County Health Department. The university also is providing space at the MSU Pavilion for a health department vaccine distribution point.

As more supply becomes available, MSU anticipates the state and local health departments will begin making the vaccine available to the rest of those in Phase 1C (including ages 16-64 with pre-existing conditions) in late spring and those who fall under Phase 2 (all students, faculty and staff at least 16 years old) in summer.

It is important to remember that once vaccinated, it is vital that you continue to wear a face covering and practice all COVID-19 related safety measures, as it will take many months before everyone is protected. Employees working from home should continue to do so, even after vaccination, until they are told to return to work.