July 22, 2021: Mandatory student COVID-19 vaccine survey


Dear Spartan Students,

It’s a beautiful summer here in East Lansing, and the entire campus is busy and excited about the upcoming fall semester. I’m looking forward to seeing our campus full of students, faculty and staff again and all the activities and events that make up the start of the new school year.

To help us prepare for the fall, we are requiring all students to fill out a brief survey on whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. This information will be essential for our planning and to inform the public health decisions we need to make as we approach the fall semester. For example, if the prevalence of the virus and/or hospitalizations increases in our community, we may have to require masks indoors or participation in the Early Detection Program for those who are unvaccinated. A higher vaccination rate in our community would make it less likely we would need to re-implement any safety measures.

Each of you will receive an email next week from TogetherWeWill@msu.edu containing a link to the brief survey. You can attest as to whether you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or mark that you prefer not to answer. All students who complete the survey will receive $20 into their Spartan Cash account. Students who have been vaccinated also will be eligible for prizes; more information will be coming later this summer. A similar survey is being sent to all faculty and staff.

Your responses are required by Friday, Aug. 6. The survey data will be kept secured and reviewed only by MSU leadership and public health professionals. Personally identifiable information will not be shared with the public, faculty, classmates or supervisors. I appreciate your participation in this survey — the health of our entire campus and surrounding community is the responsibility of all of us. Together, we are neighbors, friends and community residents. We are looking out for and protecting each other. This is part of being a Spartan.

While most of the country saw a remarkable turnaround in early summer with a dramatic decline in COVID-19 cases, in many locations we are beginning to see an increase in cases, specifically the B.1.617.2 Delta variant. This includes Michigan. The Delta variant has become the dominant strain in America and is severely impacting unvaccinated individuals.

As we continue making and communicating our decisions for the fall semester, MSU’s policies will be based on the latest scientific information and our ability to mitigate risks to a manageable level within our community. Science shows us that a high vaccination rate is our surest way to mitigate the spread of the virus and variants. We continue to encourage and emphasize the importance of vaccinations for all who are medically able.

If you have not already done so, please take the one step to best protect yourself and others and get a COVID-19 vaccination. For more information, please visit our vaccine information website. As a reminder, all members of the MSU community can receive a free COVID-19 vaccination through the MSU Health Care Pharmacy. For those not in the East Lansing area, visit vaccines.gov to find a U.S. vaccination site near you. International students and scholars should seek out a WHO-approved vaccine.

Thank you for your cooperation in promptly filling out the short survey. This information will help us make important decisions and focus our efforts to keep the Spartan community safe.

Sincerely,

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)
President

 


 

Dear Spartan Faculty and Staff,

It’s a beautiful summer here in East Lansing, and the entire campus is busy and excited about the upcoming fall semester. I’m looking forward to seeing our campus full of students, faculty and staff again and all the activities and events that make up the start of the new school year.

To help us prepare for the fall, we are asking all faculty and staff to fill out a brief voluntary survey on whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. This information will be essential for our planning and to inform the public health decisions we need to make as we approach the fall semester. For example, if the prevalence of the virus and/or hospitalizations increases in our community, we may have to require masks indoors or participation in the Early Detection Program. A higher vaccination rate in our community would make it less likely we would need to re-implement any safety measures.

Each of you will receive an email next week from TogetherWeWill@msu.edu containing a link to the brief survey. You can attest as to whether you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or mark that you prefer not to answer. We strongly encourage you to take the survey and ask that responses be recorded by Aug. 6. A similar, but mandatory, survey is being sent to all students.

The survey data will be kept secured and reviewed only by MSU leadership and public health professionals. Personally identifiable information will not be shared with the public, faculty, colleagues or supervisors. I appreciate your participation in this survey — the health of our entire campus and surrounding community is the responsibility of all of us. Together, we are neighbors, friends and community residents. We are looking out for and protecting each other. This is part of being a Spartan.

While most of the country saw a remarkable turnaround in early summer with a dramatic decline in COVID-19 cases, in many locations we are beginning to see an increase in cases, specifically the B.1.617.2 Delta variant. This includes Michigan. The Delta variant has become the dominant strain in America and is severely impacting unvaccinated individuals.

As we continue making and communicating our decisions for the fall semester, our policies will be based on the latest scientific information and our ability to mitigate risks to a manageable level within our community. Science shows us that a high vaccination rate is our surest way to mitigate the spread of the virus and variants. We continue to encourage and emphasize the importance of vaccinations for all who are medically able.

If you have not already done so, please take the one step to best protect yourself and others and get a COVID-19 vaccination. For more information, please visit our vaccine information website. As a reminder, all members of the MSU community can receive a free COVID-19 vaccination through the MSU Health Care Pharmacy. For those not in the East Lansing area, visit vaccines.gov to find a U.S. vaccination site near you. 

Thank you for your cooperation in promptly filling out the short survey. This information will help us make important decisions and focus our efforts to keep the Spartan community safe.

Sincerely,

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)
President