As the spring term approaches, the University of Nevada is completing its plan for COVID-19 vaccination for its students and faculty, hoping that the vaccine will help in decreasing the spread of the virus and contribute to returning to normal.
Director of the Student Health Center for UNR, Cheryl Hug-English, said that the university would follow the guidelines of tier structure which was introduced by the state, Erudera College News reports.
Students and faculty will belong to different tiers:
- Tier 1 – includes frontline workers such as university’s medical personnel who are constantly working with patients.
- Tier 2 – includes staff who are employed by the NSHE, whose work on the campus requires face-to-face involvement during the spring semester 2021 as well as those who work at a childcare site on campus and as part of their studies are teaching in a K-12 environment.
- Tier 3 – includes other NSHE staff and students who reside on campus.
- Tier 4 – includes all other healthy students and adults on campus.
“Obviously, one of the really critical goals in all of this is to help decrease the spread of this virus and again, the vaccine I think is one of the most important tools we will have going forward,” Hug-Englishstated.
According to her, the spring semester 2021 will be held in the HyFlex model, with lab and studio classes to take place in-person, and with very few classes to be held entirely in-person.
“It is definitely not the same as doing it in person so that is definitely the desire for all of us and I think the vaccine is going to be an important tool in helping us to get there,” Hug-English said.
Hug-English pointed out that there isn’t any plan to make vaccination a requirement for students and faculty members at the moment, and it is also not certain if it will be a discussion topic in the future.
Despite the fact that the university is finalizing the vaccination plan, she added that respecting the same preventative measures such as wearing masks, keeping distance, handwashing and more, will continue to be important.
The University of Nevada was established in 1874 and is the home of more than 21,000 students and 1,318 academic faculty.
In order to keep their communities secure, several universities are undertaking initiatives related to COVID-19 testing. Lately, the Syracuse University in New York notified it will begin COVID-19 testing for family members of university’s staff and faculty.
Whereas, the University of Sussex also launched a mass asymptomatic testing program for individuals who do not show any COVID-19 symptoms.