Letter from the President - Encouraging all Ospreys to get vaccinated
Dear Osprey Community,
Throughout this past month, communities across the United States have experienced significant increases in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, driven primarily by the highly contagious Delta variant. Here in Jacksonville and nearby counties, new infections are increasing at the fastest rate since the start of the pandemic. During this current surge, we are also seeing younger, unvaccinated individuals being hospitalized at an alarming rate.
Considering the current state of the pandemic, I feel compelled to share with you the advice from our local hospitals and medical experts urging all eligible individuals to get vaccinated as soon as possible. It’s the best, most effective way to protect yourself and the greater Osprey community from getting COVID-19 and preventing hospitalization or death due to the virus.
As we repopulate campus in advance of the fall semester, we need to continue protecting one another and do all we can to keep our campus fully operational. As we have done at every stage of this crisis, let’s embrace the philosophy of shared responsibility for the safety of our students, faculty and staff. This is why I am strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. Together, we can slow the spread of this virus and enjoy a fulfilling, successful campus experience.
The good news is that COVID-19 vaccines are currently available at hundreds of sites across Northeast Florida. Vaccine locations can be found using the Florida Department of Health Vaccine Locator at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/.
Thank you all for embracing the commitment to shared responsibility. We are one Osprey family, and together we will emerge better, stronger.