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By: Christopher Comair


Dear DigiPen Community,

April 15 is a day that many Washingtonians have awaited- COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to all people above the age of 16.  This is a day that not only represents the hope that we can soon physically see each other again.  It represents the hope that our at-risk loved ones can wake up in the morning and leave their homes without fear.  It’s the hope that our hurting friends living in isolation can soon get the physical and emotional support they need.  It’s the hope for those we care about wondering if they’ll get laid off at the end of the month can sleep easy again.  This is one step we can take together, as a community, to make these hopes become reality. We’ve got to this far together, and I am prouder of this community than I can ever express.


In order to support our community in getting vaccinated, please see the following information.

Employees:

  • Full and part time salaried employees will be credited two additional sick days per COVID-19 vaccination shot to be used on the day of vaccination and the day following vaccination for the remainder of 2021.
  • Those who have already been vaccinated and expended sick days for this purpose will be credited back accordingly.
  • Faculty members should coordinate with how this may interfere with their class schedules.  Staff members should coordinate with their managers regarding sick days taken as they would for standard sick days.
  • To report your vaccination for your sick day credit, fill the following form per COVID-19 vaccination shot: https://forms.office.com/r/tw7uZJf6Qz. This information will not be shared outside of HR, will not be shared with your manager, and will not impact your job duties. You will not be required to provide proof of vaccination.
  • For additional questions, please contact hr.us@digipen.edu.

Students:

  • Students will be granted excused absences for COVID-19 vaccination shots on the day of vaccination and the day following vaccination upon request to their instructors. No additional information above stating an excused absence is requested for “COVID-19 related reasons” is necessary to be provided. This will last for the remainder of the Spring ’21 semester and the entire Summer ’21 semester. 
  • To request an excused absence for a COVID-19 vaccination shot, no additional action above informing your instructor as indicated above is necessary.  
  • Instructors should handle this like other COIVD-19 related excused absences by using the “Action->Excused->COVID-19 Related” flag in the attendance form.  No proof of vaccination should be asked for. 
  • For additional questions, please contact studentaffairs@digipen.edu.

Please note that all community members are still asked to uphold our COVID-19 safety measures regardless of vaccination status.  This includes mask wearing on campus, social distances, and the like.

There will also be FREE SWEET TREATS for our vaccinated members of the community in the café starting on the 15th.  No proof of vaccination is required.  These are also free to anybody who is yet to be vaccinated who wants free sweet treats. 


Here are some useful resourced that you may find interesting and worth sharing as well.

Washington State Vaccine Locator
https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov

CDC, Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html 

I would like to relay 3 important bullet points from the above link:
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19.
After you are fully vaccinated, you may be able to start doing some things you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
 
FDA, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions 

FDA, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/moderna-covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions 

FDA, Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/janssen-covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions 


And to end this note, I would like to share this wonderful video by the DigiPen Vocal Ensemble. 

The DigiPen Vocal Ensemble performs "Level Up" by Vienna Teng
https://youtu.be/S55eNiqLJCc 


Best regards,
Chris

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Christopher Pierre Comair
Chief Operating Officer
DigiPen Institute of Technology

M: +14256988418
EDU: www.digipen.edu

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