The Time to Vaccinate Is Now

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,

As we turn the calendar page to November, it is important to remember that we are entering the second phase of Kent State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. If you are unvaccinated, now is the time to act. Don’t procrastinate, vaccinate!

Our vaccine requirement is for all students, faculty and staff. To be compliant, you must get vaccinated and register your vaccine or secure an approved exemption. Those who receive an exemption will be required to participate in the university’s COVID-19 testing program.

University Health Services offers COVID-19 vaccines daily at no cost to all members of the Kent State community and their families at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus. Vaccines also are available at numerous locations across the state, which may be more convenient for those who study or work at our Regional Campuses. 

The Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine is once again available at DeWeese, along with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Use this link to schedule a vaccine appointment or call the health center at 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment. 

Info Desk

For anyone who might have lingering questions about the vaccine or who may need assistance uploading vaccine information or filling out exemption forms, the COVID Vaccine Team on Nov. 2 will open a Vaccination Info Desk in Room 221 on the second floor of the University Library on the Kent Campus.

COVID Vaccine Team staff will be available to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines and the university’s vaccine requirement during these hours: 

  • Monday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m.

Anyone who has questions about COVID-19 vaccines or the university’s requirement may also email them to vaccine@kent.edu or call 330-672-8227 during business hours.

Booster Shots

For those who already are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, booster shots are now available at DeWeese. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently has approved booster shots for all three of the vaccines being administered in the U.S.: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Read more about COVID-19 boosters and who should get one.

Get a Flu Shot

Don’t forget about your flu shot. You are now able to get a flu shot at the same time you get your COVID-19 vaccine. When you are offered a flu shot when you get your COVID-19 vaccine, please consider taking it! 

In addition, University Health Services will be hosting flu shot clinics every Thursday at DeWeese. More information on these clinics can be found here. Even if you are already vaccinated against COVID-19, don’t forget your flu shot!

Going Home Safely

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and now is the time for everyone to think about their health and safety during travel for the holiday break. 

We encourage everyone, particularly the unvaccinated, who will be leaving campus and traveling outside of Northeast Ohio to get tested at one of the Visit Healthcare locations across the Kent Campus or by using one of the at-home testing kits available on all campuses (click on BinaxNOW Self-Test Kits for a list of pickup locations).

Please get tested two or three days prior to your departure and then take an at-home test two days before returning to campus. 

We have made great strides with COVID-19 this semester. As vaccination rates have increased, our number of cases of COVID-19 have remained low. Now is the time to keep up the good work and to remember that faithfully practicing COVID-19 safety measures is how Flashes Take Care of Flashes.

Sincerely,

Julie Volcheck
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of University Health Services

POSTED: Monday, November 1, 2021 - 9:11am
UPDATED: Monday, November 1, 2021 - 3:48pm
WRITTEN BY:
Julie Volcheck, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Director of University Health Services