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Dear Campus Community,

In a few short weeks, our campus will be vibrant with new and returning students, faculty and staff as the fall semester begins. As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to do everything in our power to keep our community healthy. We know the best way to accomplish this is by getting a COVID vaccine. NKU has a number of ongoing initiatives to encourage vaccinations, and the latest one is the White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge.

President Biden asked every university and college to join the effort to get younger Americans vaccinated. How do we meet the challenge? It’s simple. We ask that all members of our campus community serve as champions for the vaccine effort. If you are not vaccinated, please make an appointment to receive your COVID shot. There are many convenient locations, including Health, Counseling and Student Wellness on campus. If you are fully vaccinated, share why you received the vaccine and post it on social media with #NorseProtectsNorse. I posted my video this morning, and you can check it out below:

It is important that our efforts extend outside of social media because overcoming COVID-19 is truly a community initiative. To help our campus serve as vaccine champions, we have free t-shirts available for students, faculty and staff. Just show your vaccination card, have your AllCard on hand and pick up your shirt at the Student Union Information Desk. Shirts will be available starting on July 30. If you receive your vaccine through Health Services, you will get your t-shirt there along with your completed vaccination card. I look forward to seeing you all on campus in your Norse shirts and will keep an eye out on social media for your videos.

The fall semester is right around the corner so let us all do all we can to make it safe and healthy.


Ashish Vaidya