Dear NEOMED Community:
As we all continue to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, our progress is often impacted by the uncertainties of the virus as well as the information and resources that are available to us.
We ensure that we will continue to provide you with most up-to-date information regarding all things related to COVID-19, and that includes the state of our University, testing availability and expectations, and vaccine delivery and vaccinations.
During our student-run town hall held last week, we reported that our health partners had agreed to provide vaccinations to our M3, M4 and P4 students as they met the criteria for Phase 1A recipients of the vaccine.
We have since been informed by some of those partners that they were advised by the state of Ohio to cease the vaccination of their health care worker employees (identified in Phase 1A) by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17 and proceed to vaccinating individuals age 80 and older identified in Phase 1B on Monday, Jan. 18.
We are trying to understand what this means and how it may impact our students.
Please know that we are in contact with members of Ohio’s state government, the IUC (Inter-University Council) and the Ohio Hospital Association to gain a better understanding and to do all that we can to advocate for our students to be able to receive the vaccination.
We are waiting for further information and it is our understanding that the Governor’s Office is urging hospitals to be sure no vaccinations are wasted.
We will let you know as we learn more.
John T. Langell