Dear RVU Family,
The year 2020 will be quite the memorable year for all of us. The pandemic has tested our resolve and challenged us like never before. Through it all, we have persevered and we continue to indomitably weather the storm. We continue to remain RVU Strong.
As we near the end of this difficult year, there is hope that 2021 will usher in a brighter tomorrow.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available and our physician faculty and alumni have begun to get vaccinated. We continue to advocate to get all of our students and employees vaccinated as soon as possible. We are currently in talks with Intermountain (UT) and HealthOne (CO) for vaccinating our clinical students as healthcare workers. We will share more information on vaccines and our plans at our next CRT Town Hall scheduled for January 5th at noon. Our goal is to ensure that all of you get vaccinated.
Final update for 2021:
- Moderna vaccine. The Moderna vaccine was approved by the FDA for EUA on December 18. It is approved for individuals 18 years of age and older. Efficacy and side effect profiles are similar to the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine. The two main differences for the Moderna vaccine are that the second dose is recommended after 28 days (instead of 21 days) and the vaccine can be stored frozen between -25C to -15C (instead of -70C to -80C). For more information on the Moderna vaccine click here.
- Upcoming vaccines. The CDC reports that two additional vaccines (AstraZeneca and Janssen) are progressing in Phase 3 clinical trials. Source We are hopeful that more vaccines will be approved in early 2021.
- New COVID-19 Attestation Form. Starting in January, we will launch a new central link to streamline the current Screening & Attestation Form and the Contact Tracing Form. This will reduce any confusion regarding which form to fill out. Dr. Told will be the new Medical Officer for all clinical students.
- MYTH: Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a major risk and will have negative outcomes for individuals.
FACT: There is a lot of misinformation about adverse consequences of getting vaccinated. The benefits of getting the COVID-19 significantly outweigh the risks and RVU strongly endorses vaccination. Vaccine education is critical and as a health sciences university, it is our duty to help educate our community. For more facts about COVID-19 vaccines, click here.
As you reflect on 2020 and think about the many successes we have achieved together, please continue to remain vigilant and safe over the holiday break. We are grateful for all you have done to keep us RVU Strong and we are very proud of our RVU family! We wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy, and wonderful New Year! See you in 2021!
COVID-19 Response Team