What you need to know:
As we approach the Feb. 1 deadline for students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID‑19 booster, the process to submit your information is now live using MSU’s vaccine verification form. This is the same system used to record your original vaccinations.
For those who are not yet eligible for a booster (five months after completing a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine regimen or two months after Johnson & Johnson), you will have 14 days after you are eligible to comply with the requirement, and you will receive reminders as your eligibility date nears.
As a reminder, those who already have religious or medical exemptions will remain exempt from the booster requirement. Students who have an online-only exemption for spring 2022 also are exempt. Anyone wishing to request a new exemption specifically for the booster can do so using the vaccine verification form. Those seeking an exemption will be required to participate in the Early Detection Program during and following the application process.
Those who fail to meet the Feb. 1 deadline or do not submit their booster verification 14 days after they are eligible for a booster will be referred to the appropriate disciplinary process.
If you still need to receive a booster or are planning for when you are eligible, visit the Together We Will website to find a vaccine provider. Additionally, through our partnership with the Ingham County Health Department, booster clinics are being held today, Jan. 26, and also on Jan. 31 and Feb. 17 at the Breslin Center, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. All three FDA-approved or -authorized vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) are available.
In addition to making boosters available, the university also is procuring and making available KN95 masks to students and employees who would like one. Starting next week, students can pick up a free mask at one of several distribution sites across campus, including the Union, main library, residence halls and other common spaces. Students will receive additional information on these distribution sites from Student Life and Engagement in the coming days.
The university also is providing KN95 masks directly to department and unit leaders to make available to employees who would like one. Department or unit leaders will reach out directly to their employees soon on distribution plans for their unit. These masks are separate from the N95 masks being provided by the federal government to residents, which may be available in local pharmacies and health care clinics as early as the end of this week. Please visit the Together We Will website for all COVID‑19 updates, and thank you for doing your part to protect our campus community.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)