Father Jenkins: COVID Vaccination Update

Author: John Slott

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Dear Notre Dame Students,

Once again, I thank each of you for everything you have done and endured to make this challenging and unusual pandemic year as successful as it has been. You, along with our remarkably dedicated faculty and staff, have made possible an academic year here on campus with in-person instruction. We knew it would not be easy, but we did it. Thank you.

I write to make a few further requests. First, I urge everyone who is due for their second shot of the Pfizer COVID vaccine at our campus vaccination site in Compton Family Ice Arena to be sure to keep their appointment and receive their second dose. As you know, our campus vaccination site will administer second doses from Thursday, April 29 through Thursday, May 6.

Secondly, I encourage anyone who was vaccinated at an off-campus location to be sure to upload this information here. Having accurate information about how many of us are vaccinated is critical to establishing appropriate health and safety protocols for our community going forward. 

Over 90% of you received at least your first dose of the vaccine and that allowed us to relax some of our on-campus health protocols.

If 90% of our undergraduate and professional students become fully vaccinated (either with one dose of Johnson and Johnson or two doses of Pfizer and Moderna), we plan to take these further steps:

  • We will dispense with weekly surveillance testing for those who have been fully vaccinated beginning Monday, May 10.
  • We will not require those who are fully vaccinated to participate in exit testing before leaving campus at the end of the semester.
  • In recognition of the efforts of all our students, we will add $15 in flex points to each student’s Irish1Card.
  • There are two special events planned as part of Senior Week that we will be able to host if 90% of the Senior Class is fully vaccinated.

I consider it a great privilege to have worked our way through this difficult year together with you. I am proud of you and proud of this community. Amid so many challenges, the resilience, generosity, caring, and creativity of this community—students, faculty, and staff—has been inspiring. You have demonstrated what it means to be Notre Dame.

One final request—please take time to thank your teachers, the many staff here on campus, and your fellow students who have worked so selflessly to make this year possible.

May God bless you as we bring the work of this semester to a good conclusion.

In Notre Dame,

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.