Recently, Baptist Health Sciences University announced all employees and clinical students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 31, 2021. With the recent approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 years old and older, BHSU is updating its policy. Now, all BHSU students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 31, 2021.
Students in clinical rotations will need to meet the vaccination requirement by Oct. 31, 2021, to continue assigned learning experiences in the clinical setting. Non-clinical students will be required to show evidence of receiving the vaccination by Oct. 31, 2021 or receive a “hold” on their record, delaying registration for spring classes until the requirement is met. The only exceptions will be for students who meet approved health or religious exemptions. You must contact the dean of students at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to determine if you qualify for exemption.
The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Pfizer-Biotech vaccine marks a major milestone in the U.S. fight against COVID-19 and instills greater confidence in the efficacy and safety of this vaccine. This development is especially timely, as our community is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Sadly, many of those who are hospitalized, and even dying from this disease, are unvaccinated and much younger than in previous surges. In fact, the vast majority of COVID-positive hospitalized ICU patients are unvaccinated. Many of our doctors are concerned about this troubling trend. In fact, Baptist Medical Group pulmonologist Dr. Jeff Wright was so concerned that he sent a letter to all 19,000 Baptist Memorial Health Care employees about it. The letter is attached; please read it.
If you have additional questions about the vaccine, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for more information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html. We’ll also be hosting Q&A sessions with COVID-19 experts on campus after school starts, so please be on the lookout for more information about these sessions. We will also host a vaccine drive on campus to make it convenient for students to get the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. If you get your COVID-19 vaccine outside of a Baptist facility, please upload proof of your vaccination into Sentry as you do with your other immunizations.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back on campus, and having a safe and successful school year. Thank you so much for your cooperation and commitment!
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A Message from Pulmonologist and Critical Care Medical Director Dr. Jeff Wright.pdf