COVID-19 response weekly update: Week of April 5

COVID-19 response weekly update

Dear colleagues,

Please sign up for a vaccine. They are safe, effective and available now for you, on campus.

We have vaccines in hand for all active faculty, staff and students. Everyone age 16 and older in the State of Texas is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments are available at this link for Tuesday, April 6 for vaccines administered at a Rice-operated clinic in Tudor Fieldhouse. Please choose your appointment time carefully because you will not be able to change it or cancel once it’s scheduled. You will be guaranteed two doses: the first dose on April 6 and the second dose, 21 days later, on April 27. Your appointment for your second dose will be assigned for the same time of day as your first dose and you will not be able to reschedule or cancel it. On the day of the clinic, you must bring with you a state-issued ID or passport that includes your date of birth. You will also need the QR code you receive when you sign up for the appointment.

We need volunteers to assist at the on-campus vaccination clinic. You can volunteer by signing up at this link.

For family and friends, our vaccine partner, Baylor St. Luke’s, is operating a community clinic on the Rice campus in the BRC and is providing the Pfizer vaccine. You can sign up for an appointment here. Individuals seeking their second dose should follow up with their first dose provider.

Vaccine Survey. In order to understand the immunity status of our community, please provide information on your current vaccine status by completing this short form. As your COVID vaccine status changes (in other words, when you get your first dose and your second dose), please go back to the link and update your record. This information will also provide useful public health information that will inform Rice’s COVID-19 policies and practices.

Staying Safe. We are seeing variants of the virus in the Houston area and it is critical to continue maintaining good public health practices:

· Stay home if you are ill and report any signs of COVID-like illness using the health reporting form.

· Wear a clean, well-fitting mask when around others on campus.

· Maintain physical distance and avoid eating in close proximity to others.

Testing. Over the past seven days, we administered approximately 4,700 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on the Rice campus. Five people tested positive through the university’s testing program. You can see Rice’s testing statistics, along with isolation and quarantine data, on the COVID-19 website.

Even if you’ve been vaccinated, please continue to get tested if you’re coming to campus and have regular contact with other people.

Summer Activities and Camps. The Crisis Management Team is hosting five public health workshops for individuals and departments that are putting on summer activities, events, programs and camps this summer. Activity sponsors, managers and organizers must attend one of these workshops at least two weeks before the activity they’re hosting. You can find the details of the workshops here.

Kevin E. Kirby

Chair of the Crisis Management Advisory Committee

Vice President for Administration