Hey Colonels! Here's your shot to win big and keep us all safe.
The Nicholls Shot at Normal gives you the chance to win big prizes for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Beginning August 20, there will be various weekly drawings to award prizes to students who have chosen to protect themselves and the community by getting the vaccine. When the student population reaches milestone marks along the way, there will be special drawings for big prizes.
- 2 New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals pre-season tickets (Sat., Aug. 28 @ 7 p.m.)
- Nicholls VIP Parking Passes
- $100 Chick-fil-A gift cards
- Smart TVs
- Sodexo 100 Block Meal Plan
- Apple iPad Pro
- Apple AirPods
- And more!
To be eligible, students must:
- be fully vaccinated (both shots of Moderna/Pfizer or the one Johnson & Johnson shot)
- Provide proof of vaccination if they’ve received the vaccine outside Louisiana
- Be a full time student for the Fall 2021 semester
- Complete the entry form
If you’ve already vaccinated, ENTER NOW! If you haven’t gotten the shot yet, get moving. There are even daily opportunities on campus to get vaccinated so you can enter to get in on the action.
The more members of the campus community who get vaccinated now, the better our chances are of having a normal fall semester.
FREE ON-CAMPUS COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINATION!
Louisiana National Guard (LANG) COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine during August 2021
WHEN: Monday – Friday
TIMES: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Leadership Suite (behind the Cotillion Ballroom)
Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines all available.
Dear Colonel Family,
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and over. With the FDA’s approval, COVID-19 is now on the schedule of required immunizations for all college students at Louisiana’s four-year public institutions. Nicholls students will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a written dissent to register for any future semesters. Classes for Fall Term B begin Oct. 11, and registration for Spring 2022 begins Oct. 25.
Accordingly, I encourage all of our students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. You have already had to provide proof of vaccination for other conditions, and this process will be no different. If you still wish to provide a written dissent, or you have a medical contraindication for the vaccine, you can fill out this form.
Students vaccinated in Louisiana against COVID-19 will not need to provide proof of vaccination, as the information is stored in a statewide database (LINKS – Immunization Information System) as part of your permanent immunization record. If additional information is required, you will be notified.
Since Dec. 2020, the Pfizer vaccine has been available through Emergency Use Authorization, and more than 200 million doses have been administered in the U.S. alone and proven to be safe and effective.
Earlier this month, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) approved a request by the University of Louisiana System to add COVID-19 to the schedule of required immunizations, upon FDA approval, for students at Nicholls and other UL System institutions.
The prevailing science tells us our return to normalcy depends on minimizing the impact of COVID-19 in our communities. The available vaccines help to prevent infection by lessening the spread of the virus, and providing remarkable protection against severe disease. This reduces the strain on our healthcare infrastructure.
Again, I strongly encourage all students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. The Louisiana National Guard is providing free vaccines from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday in the Leaders Suite behind the Student Union. Currently, students who are vaccinated on campus are eligible for a $100 gift card through the Louisiana Department of Health. Visit Shotfor100.com for details. There are also weekly drawings in the Nicholls Shot at Normal to award prizes to students who have chosen to protect themselves and the community by getting the vaccine. Visit www.nicholls.edu/covid-19/ to enter today.
Mask up, get vaccinated and Geaux Colonels,
Jay Clune, President
Nicholls State University
As we near the beginning of the fall term, we find ourselves in a fourth wave of rapidly increasing COVID-19 infection and hospitalization. The scientific community continues to provide us with tools and understanding to win the battle against this evolving threat, and it is incumbent upon us, collectively and individually, to act. As such, we have issued revised systemic guidelines to inform university COVID-19 mitigation efforts and policy.
Since the beginning of the global pandemic, the UL System and our nine member institutions have operated under a framework built on a hierarchy of guiding principles:
All planning conducted, decisions made, and actions taken by UL System institutions, collectively and individually, shall adhere to the following hierarchy of principles:
- The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and our communities are paramount.
- The continuity of learning and research must be maintained, adapting to fulfill Principle 1 as appropriate and necessary.
- The financial health and viability of the enterprise must be protected and are dependent upon the fulfillment of Principles 1 and 2.
- The social, emotional, and economic welfare of our communities must be considered and are dependent upon the fulfillment of Principles 1, 2, and 3.
The expert guidance of national, state, and local public health officials will continue to inform our work. The recommendations of the CDC are particularly informative and serve as our guidepost. The recent update of those recommendations is in response to the data associated with the Delta variant, now the predominant variant in Louisiana and across the country. The viral load associated with this variant is roughly 1,000 times higher than the original strain, making Delta twice as transmissible. In accordance with the new recommendations, masks will be required in classrooms and all indoor public spaces at UL System universities in areas of high or substantial transmission (currently, all of Louisiana).
Vaccination remains the most effective tool in combating the virus. The vaccines remain highly effective in protecting the vaccinated from severe disease, hospitalization, and death even against the highly transmissible Delta variant. Symptomatic breakthrough infection remains uncommon; however, data indicate the vaccinated who are infected may transmit the virus at similar levels to the unvaccinated. This is further support for universal masking in our facilities. Masking provides significant benefits to all in the community and enhances the remarkable personal protection afforded by the vaccines. A cloth mask traps respiratory droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes. It also acts as a barrier to protect the wearer from inhaling droplets released by others. The higher viral loads associated with infected unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals makes mitigating spread through respiratory droplets even more essential.
We will continue to provide easy access to vaccination to all in our university communities. We are also providing informational and educational programming through multiple outlets to ensure our communities have an accurate, science-informed understanding of vaccine safety and efficacy.
For students, we have petitioned the Louisiana Department of Health to add COVID-19 vaccination to the required immunization schedules at all nine of our member institutions upon FDA approval of one or more of the vaccines. We expect that FDA approval in the coming weeks, and all universities will communicate the new requirement to continuing and entering students now for planning purposes.
Some have asked why we have not mandated the vaccine now. A great deal of misinformation and inaccurate messaging has permeated media reports, social media activity, and even public health pronouncements concerning university mandates. Louisiana is one of 15 states that provides for philosophical dissent from immunization requirements. No educational institution can mandate vaccination as a condition of attendance, even the private institutions that have added the authorized vaccines to their immunization schedules, unless the office of public health recommends the unvaccinated are excluded from attendance. That recommendation has not been made, and very likely cannot be made until an FDA approved vaccine is available. The immunization statute was not enacted to address a widespread public health crisis caused by a novel virus.
As public entities, our policies and pronouncements produce different effects and have broader impacts than those of private entities. CDC Director Walensky recently noted some people are “allergic” to mandates. This effect is decidedly more pronounced with public mandates. In this circumstance, the available “mandates” are paperwork mandates, not vaccine mandates. In effect, the available mandate is: show us you are vaccinated, provide a physician’s documentation that vaccination is medically contraindicated, or “tell us you do not want to.” Contributing to the false narrative by indicating public universities are mandating authorized but not approved vaccination would result in a backlash that would likely diminish our public and community health goal of increasing vaccination. Our efforts are better focused on dispelling misinformation and providing those in our communities the clear and compelling evidence of the extraordinary reduction in personal risk provided by vaccination. The expected approval from FDA, long the gold standard of pharmaceutical safety and efficacy, will be the catalyst that removes vaccination hesitancy among many in the general public.
If we have learned anything over the past 18 months, we should expect change. We will go through more cycles of hope, frustration, fear, and optimism. Public health guidance will evolve, often building on prior guidance, at times contradicting prior guidance. We will debate and disagree with each other, and even when we are in lockstep, we will not have to look far to find dissenters. Throughout, we will stay true to those guiding principles. Thank you for your ideas, your scholarship, your support of our students, and your commitment to learning.
For your Future. For our Future.
Dr. Jim Henderson
President and CEO
University of Louisiana System
Indoor Mask Requirement Starts Monday, Campus Vaccination Opportunity Thursday
Based on current guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), the following guidelines are being implemented starting Monday:
- Everyone must wear a mask inside campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
- Anyone who does not feel well should stay home, regardless of illness.
- If you contract COVID-19, fill out the COVID Test Reporting Form.
- Get tested immediately if you come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you test negative, test again in five days.
- Masks are not required outdoors, but are strongly recommended for individuals who are not vaccinated.
- If you aren’t already vaccinated, we urge you to consider doing so. Visit vaccines.gov to find out where you can get vaccinated.
Dr. Jim Henderson, president of the University of Louisiana System, will release guidance for all UL System universities early next week, which will inform our planning for the Fall 2021 semester.
From 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, LDH and the Louisiana National Guard will offer the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Stopher Gym. If you haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine, we strongly urge you to do so for your health and the health of those around you. If you have contracted COVID-19 recently or were required to quarantine due to close contact, in most cases you can now receive the vaccine once you are finished with your quarantine period of 14 days.
As of today, 70 percent of faculty and 61 percent of staff are fully vaccinated. Only 33 percent of our student population is fully vaccinated. We must do better. In the Bayou Region, 88.4 percent of the current COVID-19 hospitalization cases are people who are not vaccinated.
We look to each of you to help make the semester as normal as possible. If we all follow these guidelines, mask up and get vaccinated, we can.
On Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the statewide average daily number of cases of COVID-19 has increased 208 percent over the past 14 days.
Effective immediately, Nicholls State University will follow the guidelines listed below:
The Louisiana Department of Health recommends everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask while indoors if they cannot maintain 6 feet distance.
Everyone who has been or suspects they have been exposed to COVID-19 should be tested immediately, regardless of vaccination status. If the test is negative, they should get tested again between 5-7 days post-exposure.
We highly recommend everyone be vaccinated against COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the delta variant. Though it is still possible to get infected, vaccines dramatically reduce the risk of serious illness that leads to hospitalization or death.
For a list of locations near you providing any of the three vaccinations, visit vaccines.gov. Thibodaux Regional also has a phone line dedicated to the Nicholls Community to schedule the Pfizer vaccine. Call 985-493-4335 to set up your appointment today.
It is also still very important to fill out the COVID test reporting form if you have or are exposed to COVID-19. Visit nicholls.edu/covid to find the form that applies to you.
We want the entire Nicholls community and their families to be protected from this deadly virus. If everyone does their part, we can have the normal semester we all want. Stay safe, stay healthy, get educated about the vaccine and Geaux Colonels!
As for what the summer will look like, we will immediately begin implementing the new orders of Governor John Bel Edwards, found HERE . This will eliminate a number of COVID-19 processes and procedures on our campus. Beginning today we will be operating under the following:
Face coverings are still required in all campus buildings and in all classrooms, as per the Governor’s order for higher education institutions.
Faculty, staff and students are no longer required to check in at designated locations.
Identification bands will no longer be required to enter campus buildings.
Entrances to buildings will be available for daily ingress as they were pre COVID-19.
Interior halls, doorways, stairs and elevators will no longer require directional routes.
Classrooms will now accommodate 100 percent occupancy as allowed by Fire Safety Code as they were pre COVID-19.
Any plexiglass barriers may be removed from offices upon request.
All plexiglass will be removed from classrooms (any faculty member can request plexiglass be placed in a classroom via a departmental work order).
(Indoor mask mandate still remains in place for higher education, per Governor’s order):
- Indoor events at which all attendees and participants are required to wear face coverings for the entirety of the event, 100 percent capacity is permitted.
- Face covering will no longer be required outdoors on campus including all outdoor events.
COVID-19 is not done with us. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not report to campus. Notify your supervisor or instructor. It is also critical to the health and wellness of the campus community that we self-report any exposure to COVID-19. The surest way to finish the fight against COVID and return to pre-pandemic conditions is to get vaccinated. Anyone who received a first round vaccination in Stopher Gym on Wednesday, April 28 is due for the second dose on Wednesday, May 19. If you have not received your confirmation email, your appointment time will be the same as your first dose. For those who have not received the vaccine and would like to, the Johnson & Johnson shot will also be offered on Wednesday. Visit HERE to sign up. #sleevesup!
CHOOSE SAFER ACTIVITIES
NICHOLLS VACCINATION PERCENTAGE GROWTH
HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? ASK HERE!
STUDENT COVID TEST REPORTING FORM
If you are a student who who has tested positive for COVID, has been tested and awaiting results due to COVID symptoms or close contact, or has been in close contact with a COVID positive person Please use the link below to fill out the Google form. (Must use Nicholls email address.)
FACULTY/STAFF COVID TEST REPORTING FORM
If you are a faculty/staff who has tested positive for COVID, has been tested and awaiting results due to COVID symptoms or close contact, or has been in close contact with a COVID positive person Please use the link below to fill out the form.
COVID-19 Testing consent form
RETURN TO CAMPUS ONE-SHEET
Wash your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- It’s especially important to wash:
- Before eating or preparing food
- Before touching your face
- After using the restroom
- After leaving a public place
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling your mask
- After changing a diaper
- After caring for someone sick
- After touching animals or pets
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common will work.
Monitor Your Health Daily
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
- Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- New loss of taste or smell