Dear Members of the Bentley Community,
This week, anyone age 16 and older became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts and across the country. Supply will remain in high demand in the coming weeks, and anyone seeking an appointment is encouraged to explore the options detailed below. Vaccines represent an important opportunity in the fight against COVID-19, and all are encouraged to get a shot when they can.
While we continue to explore opportunities to host a vaccination clinic on campus, we encourage you to seek vaccination at your earliest available option. Faculty, staff and students currently have three options to try and schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, which include:
- Pre-registering on Massachusetts’ vaccination website here and waiting to be contacted for an appointment at one of the state’s mass vaccination sites.
- Checking pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Shaw’s daily for new availability. Pharmacies receive shipments of the vaccine outside of the state allocation, and may have availability before a mass vaccination site.
- Contacting your healthcare provider to see if they are able to provide a vaccine appointment. Some primary care providers may have access to vaccine shipments and can provide their patients with a shot.
We will continue to share updates on the vaccine rollout and post important updates here. As a reminder, if you are fully vaccinated and on campus, you still must follow all health and safety protocols including always wearing face coverings and undergoing regular testing in the screening test program.
To broadly understand vaccination intent in our community, we’re asking that all faculty, staff and students complete a 2-3 question survey using the link below by Friday, April 23. Responses are anonymous and the survey takes less than 1 minute to complete.
As Bentley’s intent is to provide a full campus experience this fall, these vaccination numbers will help us in our planning efforts in the coming months.
Since January 1, 360 positive cases have been reported on the dashboard. With 59,601 total tests administered, that leaves us at a 0.62% positivity rate.
Geoffrey C. Bartlett, CEM
Director of Emergency Management