The University of Southern Indiana Announced on Monday that all students and faculty will have an opportunity to get vaccinated by the end of the semester.
Priority will be given to students in the beginning. Students must register to get vaccinated. Vaccines are available to all students regardless of international status or in/out of state residency.
Faculty and staff will be put on a waiting list, and once there is availability, all faculty and staff will be able to register for vaccines.
“We are so grateful to the Indiana State Department of Health for providing our community with the Pfizer vaccine,” said Ronald Rochon, USI President. “Safety remains our primary goal and our highest priority is for our students, including international students, to receive both doses of this vaccine prior to the end of the semester on May 7. But we also want all of our employees to be vaccinated."
In order to vaccinate as many as possible in a short amount of time, the University is creating a vaccination site within the Screaming Eagles Arena and will utilize resources from across the campus, including the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Once a vaccine is administered, the participant will be scheduled for a second dose after 21 days. The goal is to have all vaccinations completed prior to finals dependent on availability.
"The sooner our campus is vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to being together and to a sense of normalcy," said Rochon. "I want to thank all of you for your resilience this past year and for continuing to do what we have to do in order to move forward. I also want to give a special thanks to all members of the Presidential Task Force who have tirelessly undertaken this important work daily behind the scenes.”
The University hopes to receive its doses as early as the week of April 5 and begin administering those vaccines immediately. However, the timeline will be contingent on when the ISDH is able to deliver the vaccines to the USI campus.