To: Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From: Louis Mayer, CFO, Vice President for Finance, and Treasurer and Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: November 23, 2021
Subject: Health Advisory: COVID Vaccine Boosters; Thanksgiving COVID Updates; On-Campus Testing; COVAXIN Vaccine; Stevens COVID-19 Cases
A reminder to all to remain vigilant with COVID-19 safety protocols. Cases are on the rise in the Stevens community as well as locally in Hoboken, so we must all continue to take all precautions, even when fully vaccinated. Take extra care with your Thanksgiving travel and celebrations. If you have any possible exposure during the holiday, please get tested for COVID and wait for a negative result before returning to campus. Finally, please get your booster vaccine as soon as you are able; booster documentation will be collected at Stevens beginning in December. For those who are eligible (see booster eligibility below), the Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to get your booster!
COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters
Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get their COVID vaccine booster as soon as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that every adult who received the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago should get a booster at this time. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago are also eligible and should also receive a booster vaccine. Eligible vaccinated individuals are permitted to choose which of the three approved vaccines they receive as a booster dose. Vaccine appointments can be made at many New Jersey locations; a prescription is not needed. Students, faculty and staff will receive information in the coming weeks regarding uploading documentation of the COVID-19 booster vaccine. In the meantime, please get a booster vaccine as soon as you are eligible and retain the documentation of the vaccine.
Weekly COVID-19 Testing Before Thanksgiving Break
There is no on-campus testing on Wednesday, November 24. Those individuals who are exempt from the vaccination requirement and missed the testing on Monday, November 24 must make arrangements to be tested at another location that week and submit your results online before returning to campus.
While Stevens has not imposed any travel restrictions, we ask that all members of the campus community take appropriate precautions when traveling for the holidays. If you are leaving the local area, please pay special attention to any and all State Department, CDC and local guidelines both at your destination and for your return to New Jersey. If you are exposed to COVID-19 during your travel, please follow the protocols outlined on Stevens’ COVID-19 website.
On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Information
Weekly COVID-19 testing takes place on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Corcoran Room on the first floor of Gateway North. Any student, faculty or staff coming to campus who is exempt from the vaccine requirement or who is not yet fully vaccinated must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. On-campus students, faculty and staff will be randomly selected to participate in weekly testing throughout the fall semester. Read more and register for a weekly test.
Form for Submitting Self-Reported COVID-19 Tests
Stevens students and employees who are getting COVID-19 tests off campus and submitting their results to Stevens must use the updated form at www.stevens.edu/covidtesting.
COVAXIN Vaccine Now Approved
The World Health Organization recently approved COVAXIN for emergency use. As such, individuals who have received the COVAXIN vaccine overseas will no longer be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing once they have uploaded proof of vaccination to Stevens. If you previously shared this information and were denied, you must reupload the proof of vaccination in order to be removed from the weekly testing list. Please continue to test until you have completed this step and have been approved.
Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms, Exposure or Positive Test Results
If any student, faculty or staff member experiences COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or has close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, please isolate and immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].
Stevens COVID-19 Cases
Since the last email on November 16th, 16 students and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. Please see Stevens’ COVID-19 Dashboard for complete Fall 2021 data.
Please visit the Stevens COVID-19 website and FAQs for more information about Stevens’ operations and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your cooperation with and attention to this important information.