By Andrew Adie, ’24
COVID-19 vaccines will be offered by Earlham College on April 15 and 16 in the Athletics and Wellness Center (AWC) to “all of Earlham and Bethany, including NMR and Metz employees,” according to an email from Bonita Washington-Lacey, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. According to the same email, sent April 1, the dates for the second dose will be May 6 and 7.
Washington-Lacey reports that the vaccines themselves will be stored in freezers at the AWC to ensure they are kept safe.
All students in Richmond–either on campus or remotely in the city–will be offered the vaccine, according to Washington-Lacey. While it is encouraged, no student is required to get the vaccine.
In the event that a student misses both of these dates, Washington-Lacey says that they could instead go to the Wayne County Health Department, which is offering vaccines to Wayne County residents of the ages 16 and up, according to their website.
Due to the limited number of vaccines, students have been asked via email from Washington-Lacey to receive their vaccine only through the college, and to communicate to the college whether or not they have already received half of or a whole vaccination.
The vaccines are being supplied by the state of Indiana, says Washington-Lacey, so there will be no direct cost to either the college, the students, or to anyone receiving the vaccine.
Current safety and distance protocols will remain in place throughout the rest of the semester regardless of how many students do or don’t get vaccinated, according to Washington-Lacey.
In a March 29 email, Washington-Lacey wrote, “Reid Health continues as our partner in providing oversight and coordination of our vaccination clinic status.” Washington-Lacey further explains Reid’s involvement, stating that vaccination clinics are required to have an administrator or nurse on-site to “help as needed.”
“I remain convinced that if we reach herd immunity – 85% vaccinated, we could reclaim our engagements with each other,” says Washington-Lacey. “We will continue to monitor the variants and if there might be any impact upon our students, our community.”
Students who have further questions are encouraged to contact Earlham Health Services and Amanda Wright.