COVID-19 Information

Update re: Vaccines

From: Dean Alexis Abramson
Date: March 22, 2021

Dear Thayer community,

We wanted to be sure that our community aware of Dartmouth's new partnership with the state of New Hampshire to facilitate the scheduling of vaccine appointments to eligible employees and students who live in New Hampshire, per last Friday's email from Dartmouth COVID-19 task force

Dartmouth employees who qualify due to age and residency should have also received an email from Dartmouth's Occupational Medicine this weekend with a link to a survey that will help you schedule a vaccine appointment at the state-run vaccination site in West Lebanon. Students and employees who live in New Hampshire, who may be eligible for reasons other than age, can check their eligibility status here. Eligible students can email Dick's House at dicks.house.health.service@dartmouth.edu, and employees can contact Occupational Medicine at occupational.medicine@dartmouth.edu for information on how to register for a vaccine through this partnership.

Unfortunately, this opportunity is not available for Vermont residents at this time, but the state of Vermont has announced that all residents will be eligible to register for the vaccine by April 19.

Please refer to the message below for more information.

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From: Dr. Lisa Adams and Joshua Keniston <COVID-19.task.force@dartmouth.edu>
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2021 5:18 PM
Subject: COVID-19: Campus Update To the Dartmouth community,

To support the vaccination of as many people as possible, Dartmouth is
continuing to explore ways to work with the states of New Hampshire and Vermont
to vaccinate our campus population, and will provide regular updates to you on
our progress in this effort.

Today, we are pleased to announce that we have finalized a partnership with the
state of New Hampshire to help facilitate scheduling for some of our New
Hampshire employees and students at a state-run vaccination site at the former
JCPenney in West Lebanon. Here are the details:

--These state-administered vaccine appointments are available to all Dartmouth
staff and students who are New Hampshire residents and fall into the state's
2a or 2b vaccination categories (or any earlier categories). Phase 2a includes
at-risk staff who work in New Hampshire K-12 schools, licensed childcare
facilities, and licensed youth camps. Phase 2b includes people 50 to 64 years
of age.
--Students who fall into one or both of these two categories do not have to be
enrolled in classes to participate, but they do need to be residing in New
Hampshire, which includes campus residences.
--Appointments are not available for Vermont residents.
--The shots will be offered over the course of several weeks beginning this
Tuesday, March 23.
--Unfortunately, this opportunity is not available for employee/student family
members or partners.

If you qualify because of your age, you'll receive an email from our
Occupational Medicine office inviting you to fill out a survey that will
provide the state with the information it requires in order to schedule you for
an available time.

If you qualify for a vaccine because of a different reason, students should
contact Dick's House at dicks.house.health.service@dartmouth.edu and staff
and faculty should contact Occupational Medicine at
occupational.medicine@dartmouth.edu to be registered (please do not include any
medical details in your email).

Non-exempt employees who need to take time off to be vaccinated will be paid
for up to two hours to receive the vaccine if their appointment occurs outside
of their normal work schedule. They may leave work for up to two hours to get
the vaccine if it is being administered during their normal work week.
Additionally, Dartmouth will allow employees to take up to one day of Other
Lost Time if Axiom Medical instructs them to stay home because of symptoms
following their vaccination.

There is also good news to share from the state of Vermont, which announced
this morning that all Vermonters age 16 and older will be eligible for vaccines
on April 19, and older Vermonters will be eligible even sooner. More
information is available at
https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine.

In light of positive vaccination trends and declining transmission rates in our
community, we are evaluating our policies relative to those who are vaccinated,
and we anticipate having more to say on that front in early April.

We hope that staff and students who qualify will take advantage of this
opportunity to help protect their health and the health of our community.
Studies show that vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting a
vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill if you do contract
the virus.

As more of us are vaccinated, we all come closer to returning to normal
operations. In the meantime, we will continue to pursue ways to help make
vaccinations available to people here on campus.

Sincerely,

Lisa V. Adams
Josh Keniston

Dartmouth COVID-19 Task Force Co-chairs