Vaccination Information and Locke’s Reopening: A COVID-19 Update

by, Nicole Fitzsimmons, News Editor

In an email sent out on April 15, Manhattan College recorded a positive test average of 1.3%, as a point of comparison, New York City’s average is 3.4% on Tuesday, April 13. During the last 14 days, 1530 tests were completed on campus with 6 positive results and 108 results still pending.

During this same time period throughout the last 14 days, Health Services processed an additional 460 results from off-campus testing sites with 18 positive test results recorded for on-campus individuals.

These results are a decrease from last week, where the positive test average was 1.8% on campus and 4.1% in New York City.

The email begins with important information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, reminding students that all New Yorkers that are age 16 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccination. This includes out-of-state students who reside on campus, who are still considered New Yorkers.

There are also links in the email to Center to Disease Control documents noting the myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccines, and the information about the recent recommended pause of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.

For any students who have been vaccinated, it is important to upload the verification of the vaccination to the link located in the email. To be considered fully vaccinated, it must be two weeks after you have received the second dose in a 2-dose series or at least two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccination.

Since March 28, when the vaccination portal was made official, 273 employees and 183 students have uploaded verification of their completed vaccination.

More information about quarantine and vaccinations on campus can be found in the public dashboard link noted in the email.

The college still reminds students that social distancing protocols are in place, and vaccination guidance for upcoming semesters will arrive soon for students to gather more information on protocols of the campus.

“In addition, everyone is still required to maintain social distancing, wear masks and complete the daily symptom tracker. A formal vaccination policy for the summer and fall 2021 semester is forthcoming,” the email stated.

Surveillance testing is also still required for all students, and the COVID compliance status will continue to be updated.

It is also encouraged that students let the Manhattan social media team know about their vaccination.

“We’re highlighting members of our community who have been vaccinated and will share photos on our website and College-wide social media platforms to share the good news. Share a photo or some words about why you’ve been vaccinated,” the email stated.

Another important piece of news announced in the email is that the college will be increasing the indoor dining capacity to 50% beginning on Monday, April 19. It is still encouraged that students continue to follow the social distancing guidelines and signage on campus as well as maintaining cleanliness and washing hands before and after eating.

For more information regarding COVID-19 on and off-campus, students can contact the Jaspers Return email or call the office at 718-862-6398.