Vaccine boosters will be critically important as Norwich University considers a pivot to an "endemic" COVID-19 response strategy this spring semester. As previously noted, this will allow the preservation of the in-person experience while also prioritizing the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and our entire Norwich community. Once Norwich achieves a high percentage of population with a booster we can consider transition to reduced restrictions and a return to prepandemic operations in many areas.
All fully vaccinated students and employees are required to obtain a booster dose when eligible. Eligibility is roughly defined as follows:
- Five months after second dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer), or
- Two months after a Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Community members who have a previous positive COVID-19 test are eligible for the booster after completing the five-day recovery period and their symptoms are no longer present.
Existing medical and religious exemptions for the vaccination mandate will be honored/continued for Norwich students and employees. Norwich will grant a new medical exemption (medical only) for any student or employee who provides documentation of support from a medical provider.
Norwich is coordinating with the Vermont Health Department and Waterbury Ambulance Service Inc. to host COVID-19 booster vaccine clinics on campus. All Norwich students, faculty, and staff who are eligible for a booster should plan to attend these free booster clinics, or should schedule their booster at other local sites, as listed here: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine
Upcoming campus-based booster clinics are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Plumley Armory.
*Please note that the Plumley Armory gymnasium will be closed during the dates and times of the booster clinics.
Employees will need to attest to full vaccination with a booster through Human Resources. Guidance for employees to access the attestation application on the Norwich SSO page will be communicated this week in an employee announcement. Paper attestations will be available in Human Resources (Jackman Hall 323) for those without access to Norwich University systems.
Thank you for your continuing commitment to prioritize the health and safety of the Norwich community to ensure the preservation of the Spring 2022 term as an in-person semester with a full academic and co-curricular student experience.