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Blugold Flight Plan Update: May 6 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.

One-dose vaccine still available at Zorn Arena mass vaccination clinic
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose, is 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 while supplies last. Walk-up appointments are welcome, and the vaccine will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If demand for the J&J vaccine surpasses the supply, individuals will be offered first-dose shots of the Pfizer vaccine. All vaccines offered through the mass vaccination clinic at Zorn Arena are free, and no insurance or proof of residency is required. The clinic is open Tuesday through Saturday, though the clinic will be closed for commencement on May 15. The clinic’s hours will shift beginning 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 not be closed on May 29 for the holiday weekend.

UW-Eau Claire graduates reminded to RSVP, pick up tickets for commencement
Students graduating from UW-Eau Claire next week are reminded to sign into CampS to RSVP for themselves and indicate if they are planning to bring guests to campus for commencement. Chancellor James Schmidt announced that UW-Eau Claire has worked with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department to ensure the safety of those who attend one of the diploma ceremonies on May 14 and 15 on the Eau Claire campus. UW-Eau Claire has planned a hybrid commencement with a virtual graduation ceremony and in-person diploma events. The formal ceremony with speeches will be virtual, allowing students and their supporters to gather at an off-campus location. The virtual event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 15. All graduating students also are invited to walk across the stage on campus in person, by college, to receive a diploma with two guests in attendance. The four in-person diploma ceremonies will be on Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15. Health screenings, masks and physical distancing will be required for all guests at the diploma ceremony. Masks must be worn at all times on campus. Guests will need to bring their own chairs or blankets.

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.

Vaccine detail added to university’s COVID-19 dashboard
UW-Eau Claire’s COVID-19 dashboard now includes self-reported data showing the number and percentage of faculty, staff and students who have been vaccinated. As of Monday, close to 4,500 Blugolds have been vaccinated, including more than 76% of faculty and staff. Nearly 35% of students, most of whom only became eligible to receive the vaccine a month ago, have been vaccinated. The data is being mined from the Blugold Protocol app.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, May 6)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 156,440,205
United States: 33,326,968
Wisconsin: 663,668
Eau Claire County: 11,851
Barron County: 5,898
Wood County: 7,505

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on May 13.

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