04/08/2021

“It’s #WorthAShot, Beloiters” letter sent to Beloit students

Dear Students:

How does a nearly normal fall semester sound to you?

It sounds absolutely fantastic to us. What allows it to happen? Vaccinations!

To be a fully in-person, residential campus filled with activities, sports, theater, dance, and music, we need to be vaccinated. Vaccinations are now widely available, and easy to schedule.

The academic year we just had in the midst of a pandemic was possible because we relied on your ongoing commitment to our health and safety. You embraced that self-care is community care, and it worked.

The New York Times took notice, identifying us as “the bright spot” in their coverage of colleges and COVID. And the Powerhouse proves to be exactly the building we would have designed if we’d known COVID was coming.

Preparing for an in-person fall will require our continued, shared commitment to health and safety. As we write, infection rates throughout the country remain too high, as do deaths from COVID-19. We are in a race between vaccines and the variants to achieve herd immunity from the virus.

As the vaccine rollout continues, we encourage your full participation to give us the best shot at being together, in person, on campus. Get the vaccine. It’s how we will be able to be together, and share in the experience that makes Beloit, Beloit.

United Way Blackhawk Region just launched a new website, RockCountyShot.com, designed to serve as a one-stop shop to guide you to getting the vaccine. Locations include pharmacies, community centers, and other health-care professionals. All require an appointment.

In the meantime, best wishes as we speed toward the end of the 2021 academic year. Beloiters, we’re #worthashot.

President Scott Bierman
Provost Eric Boynton
Dean of Student and Chief Diversity Officer Cecil Youngblood

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