The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our campus community and represents an ever-changing situation. As we look to fall, we will act to put the academic mission and campus community well-being at the forefront of all pandemic planning efforts. Our plans will be grounded in our core academic mission and our main reason for being – our students.
Dear WCU Campus Community,
I write with a brief update on vaccination efforts in North Carolina and their impact on our faculty and staff. Yesterday evening, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services published an updated explanation of where higher education faculty and staff fall in the North Carolina Prioritization framework. You can find that information here.
Currently, only priority Groups 1 and 2 are authorized at the state level for vaccines. To manage expectations, NCDHHS expects it will be several weeks before the state will complete vaccinations of Groups 1 and 2 and open eligibility to Group 3, although some locales may see availability prior to that time contingent upon vaccine availability.
I also wish to share with you that Western Carolina University has been selected by the UNC System as a regional vaccination site. Planning is underway on this effort and I anticipate that, depending upon vaccine availability, WCU’s vaccine clinic will open by mid-February. Until then, we will continue to work with our state and regional partners in the vaccination efforts. As more details become available, we will notify the campus.
In closing, I ask that we all remain diligent in maintaining our Catamounts Care standards. Mask wearing, hand washing, and maintaining social distance are more important than ever. Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our community safe.
Chancellor Kelli R. Brown
Shared community standards remind us that we each have personal responsibility for actions that may affect our own health and the health of our friends, colleagues, and the broader campus community. Our collective acceptance of this shared responsibility will be the most effective strategy we will have at our disposal in the challenging months ahead. We know that Catamounts Care and we have developed a set of standards to encourage everyone to put the well-being of themselves and others top of mind.