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Blugold Flight Plan Update: April 29 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 available during special three-day clinic at Zorn Arena
UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire City-County Health Department will hold a special three-day clinic May 4-6 to offer doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to protect against the COVID-19 virus. The Pfizer vaccine also will be available at the mass vaccination clinic at Zorn Arena. The one-dose vaccine will be available from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Zorn Arena. 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 Johnson & Johnson vaccine is approved for anyone 18 and older.

Student Health Service creates video to knock down vaccine myths
Social media is often filled with misinformation and conspiracy theories, and to help set the record straight on vaccines, Student Health Service physician’s assistant Dean Seavecki addresses several misconceptions about inoculation in a video now available on the university’s vaccine webpage. You can learn more about COVID-19 vaccine myths and facts by watching the short video.

Walk-in appointments accepted at Zorn Arena vaccination clinic
All Blugolds are encouraged to visit vaccinate.wi.gov to make an appointment to be vaccinated at the clinic at Zorn Area, but if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to register stop at Zorn anytime between 3-6:30 p.m. to get your first shot. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA Region 5), UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire City-County Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services are working together to conduct the clinic, which is open Tuesday through Saturday. The clinic is offering the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses. In addition to the clinic at Zorn Arena, you can visit the city-county website today to review several local vaccine providers in Eau Claire.

UW-Eau Claire invites graduates to invite two guests to ceremony in May
Students graduating from UW-Eau Claire in May can invite two guests to an in-person diploma ceremony. 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. “We know how important it is for families and friends to witness this momentous accomplishment,” Schmidt says. UW-Eau Claire has planned a hybrid commencement with a virtual graduation ceremony and in-person diploma events at the Eau Claire campus. 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.

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, more than 4,000 Blugolds have been vaccinated, including more than 75 percent of faculty and staff. More than 30 percent of students, most of whom only became eligible to receive the vaccine three weeks ago, have been vaccinated. The data is being mined from the Blugold Protocol app.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, April 29)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 150,912,791
United States: 32,999,790
Wisconsin: 658,696
Eau Claire County: 11,797
Barron County: 5,857
Wood County: 7,423

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on May 6.

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