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Blugold Flight Plan Update: May 13 edition

This weekly newsletter contains important information about UW-Eau Claire’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and offers Blugolds details on how to access key resources and assist others on our campuses and in our communities.

Children ages 12-15 now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced earlier today that all children ages 12-15 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The Zorn Arena mass vaccination clinic has the Pfizer vaccine available, and parents interested in having their children vaccinated at Zorn Arena can make an appointment online or through a walk-in appointment. Parents must sign a consent form for their children to receive the Pfizer vaccine. You can find a comprehensive list of sites where the vaccine is available at 

One-dose vaccine still available at Zorn Arena mass vaccination clinic
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose, is still available at the mass vaccination clinic at UW-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena. The one-dose vaccine will be available from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Zorn Arena on Friday. Walk-up appointments are welcome, and the vaccine will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All vaccines offered through the mass vaccination clinic at Zorn Arena are free, and no insurance or proof of residency is required. The clinic will be closed for commencement on Saturday. The clinic’s hours will shift beginning Tuesday, May 18. The clinic will be open from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. The clinic will be closed on May 29 for the holiday weekend.

Fully vaccinated Blugolds not required to take antigen tests, fill out app
For Blugolds planning to come to campus over the summer and for those returning in the fall, fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to continue taking regular antigen tests or fill out the Blugold Protocol app. Blugolds who are not fully vaccinated will be required to continue monitoring their health daily on the Blugold Protocol app and take regular antigen tests this fall. The best way to celebrate this summer is to do so fully vaccinated, which greatly reduces the chance that you will contract or spread the virus. If you have not yet rolled up your sleeve to get the shot, please make plans to do so before summer arrives.

Visitor check-in station to be added to Flesch Family Welcome Center in June
Beginning on June 14, a campus visitor check-in station will be located at the front desk on the first floor of the Flesch Family Welcome Center. The check-in station will be open from 7:15 a.m.-4:30 pm. Monday through Friday. The existing visitor check-in station at Davies Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 18. The visitor check-in station at the main desk in Karlgaard Towers will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily and the check-in station in the Chancellor’s Hall will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. beginning Monday, May 17.

Tuition credit for students working at COVID-19 vaccination sites extended
UW-Eau Claire students who worked at a vaccination site have until May 22 to submit completed forms to Blugold Central to receive a $500 tuition credit. The UW System extended the deadline for students to take advantage of this program. UW System President Tommy Thompson announced that nursing and pharmacy students who work in a Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccination site are eligible to earn the credit. Students who work in a similar situation from May 22-Aug. 31 will be eligible to take advantage of a summer tuition credit. The program is open to UW System students enrolled in a nursing or pharmacy program who work as a COVID-19 vaccinator between Jan. 1, 2021, and May 22, 2021. Learn more about the expanded program.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, May 13)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 161,518,215
United States: 33,590,587
Wisconsin: 667,637
Eau Claire County: 11,879
Barron County: 5,967
Wood County: 7,567

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

This is the final Flight Plan newsletter of the spring semester. Look for COVID-19 updates on the university website and upcoming campus communication.

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