COVID-19 Update

As things are changing rapidly with the COVID-19 (coronavirus), Bellin College is working to reduce the effects of the disease on our campus population, utilizing the guidance from the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Bellin Health Infection Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Team in making decisions. We will we continue to monitor the ever-changing landscape and how this will impact our events moving forward. 

COVID NOTICE:

Given the CDC’s updated masking guidance and the increasing COVID-19 transmission in and around our area, Bellin College will return to universal masking as of Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. This policy will apply to all programs at the college, with students and employees required to mask at all times except when they are alone in a private office or space.

To slow the spread of the global pandemic COVID-19 virus, Bellin College requests your immediate attention to and compliance with all necessary health and safety precautions. Please know that we will be monitoring daily updated guidance and information to determine appropriate action. Be attentive to Bellin College’s communications addressing COVID-19 and additional steps we will be taking to slow the transmission of this rapidly evolving situation. We encourage you to obtain information from health care providers, state health authorities, and the CDC’s COVID-19 website (www.cdc.gov/COVID19).


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting Updates

HEERF Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Last Updated on 4/8/2022 

Please click the link below for Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III (a)(1) Institutional Portions and (a)(3) Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the reporting period ending March 31, 2022.

Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III


HEERF III Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (Final Report)

Last Updated on 4/8/2022

As a recipient of HEERF funds, Bellin College is posting the following information:

  1. Bellin College completed and returned the Certificate and Agreement to the Department on 5/6/2020.
  2. Bellin College received $500,000 in funding from HEERF I, $429,279 from HEERF II, and $761,850 from HEERF III. Bellin College will use no less than $602,826 (the student portion) of these funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  3. As of this report, Bellin College has distributed $602,826 in emergency grants to students from the HEERF funds in accordance with the stipulations set forth for the HEERF funding.
  4. Emergency Grants for HEERF I and HEERF II were previously fully distributed. Emergency Grants for HEERF III were distributed as follows, for a total of $383,344:
Quarter   Estimated # of Eligible Students    # of Students that Received Funds   Amount Distributed
Q1 2022  470 132 $158,660
Q4 2021  526  7 $9,937
Q3 2021  530 99 $214,747
Q2 2021 614   0 $0
  1. For the HEERF III Student Grants, students were sent a short application form where they could indicate their need and request funds. Completed applications or questions were sent to the Financial Aid Office. As indicated in the HEERF III ARP Act, priority is given to students with exceptional need.
  2. Bellin College students that received HEERF III emergency grants could use the funds for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arose due to coronavirus.
  3. Students that were identified to receive an emergency grant could choose to have the funds applied to their tuition account or to receive the funds as a direct payment to the student.

HEERF III Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Last Updated on 1/10/2022

As a recipient of HEERF funds, Bellin College is posting the following information:

  1. Bellin College completed and returned the Certificate and Agreement to the Department on 5/6/2020.
  2. Bellin College received $500,000 in funding from HEERF I, $429,279 from HEERF II, and $761,850 from HEERF III. Bellin College will use no less than $602,826 (the student portion) of these funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  3. As of this report, Bellin College has distributed $444,166 in emergency grants to students from the HEERF funds in accordance with the stipulations set forth for the HEERF funding.
  4. Emergency Grants for HEERF I and HEERF II were previously fully distributed. Emergency Grants for HEERF III have been distributed so far as follows, with $158,660 remaining for future distribution:
    Quarter Estimated # of Eligible Students # of Students that Received Funds  Amount Distributed
    Q4 2021 526 7 $9,937
    Q3 2021  530 99 $214,747
    Q2 2021  614  0 $0
  5. For the HEERF III Student Grants, students were sent a short application form where they could indicate their need and request funds. Completed applications or questions are to be sent to the Financial Aid Office. As indicated in the HEERF III ARP Act, priority is given to students with exceptional need.
  6. Bellin College students that receive HEERF III emergency grants may use the funds for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
  7. Students that are identified to receive an emergency grant may choose to have the funds applied to their tuition account or to receive the funds as a direct payment to the student.

HEERF Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Last Updated on 1/10/2022 

Please click the link below for Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III (a)(1) Institutional Portions and (a)(3) Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the reporting period ending December 31, 2021.

Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III


HEERF III Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Last Updated on 11/15/2021

As a recipient of HEERF III ARP Act funds, Bellin College is posting the following information:

  1. Bellin College received funding on 5/13/2021 from the HEERF III ARP Act. Bellin College is using the student portion of the funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. Bellin College received a total of $383,344 from the HEERF III funding for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  3. Students were sent a short application form where they could indicate their need and request funds. Completed applications or questions are to be sent to the Financial Aid Office.
  4. As of this report, Bellin College has distributed $222,697 in emergency grants to students from the HEERF III ARP funds. As indicated in the ARP Act, priority is given to students with exceptional need.
  5. Bellin College students that receive emergency grants may use the funds for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
  6. Students that are identified to receive an emergency grant may choose to have the funds applied to their tuition account or to receive the funds as a direct payment to the student.

HEERF Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Last Updated on 10/8/2021 

Please click the link below for Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III (a)(1) Institutional Portions and (a)(3) Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the reporting period ending September 30, 2021.

View the Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III


HEERF III Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Last Updated on 9/10/2021

As a recipient of HEERF III ARP Act funds, Bellin College is posting the following information:

  1. Bellin College received funding on 5/13/2021 from the HEERF III ARP Act. Bellin College is using the student portion of the funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. Bellin College received a total of $383,344 from the HEERF III funding for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  3. Students were sent a short application form where they could indicate their need and request funds. Completed applications or questions are to be sent to the Financial Aid Office.
  4. As of this report, Bellin College has started distributing the emergency grants. As indicated in the ARP Act, priority is given to students with exceptional need.
  5. Bellin College students that receive emergency grants may use the funds for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
  6. Students that are identified to receive an emergency grant may choose to have the funds applied to their tuition account or to receive the funds as a direct payment to the student.

HEERF Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Last Updated on 7/9/2021 

Please click the link below for Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III (a)(1) Institutional Portions and (a)(3) Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the reporting period ending June 30, 2021.

View the Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III


HEERF III Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Last Updated on 6/7/2021

As a recipient of HEERF III ARP Act funds, Bellin College is posting the following information:

  1. Bellin College received funding on 5/13/2021 from the HEERF III ARP Act. Bellin College will use the student portion of the funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. Bellin College received a total of $383,344 from the HEERF III funding for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  3. As of this report, Bellin College is working to develop a process for distributing the emergency grants. As indicated in the ARP Act, priority will be given to students with exceptional need.
  4. Bellin College students that receive emergency grants may use the funds for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
  5. Students that are identified to receive an emergency grant may choose to have the funds applied to their tuition account or to receive the funds as a direct payment to the student.

HEERF II Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (Final Report)

Last Updated on 5/11/2021 

As a recipient of HEERF II CRRSA Act funds, Bellin College is posting the following information:

  1. Bellin College received funding on 1/19/2021 from the HEERF II CRRSA Act. Bellin College used the student portion of the funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. Bellin College received a total of $109,741 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  3. As of this report, Bellin College has distributed the full required amount of $109,741 to students. As indicated in the CRRSA Act, priority was given to students with the greatest need.
  4. There were approximately 579 Bellin College students enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester that were eligible to be considered for Emergency Financial Aid Grants from the CRRSA Act funds.
  5. As of this report, 120 Bellin College students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant from the CRRSA Act funds.
  6. Bellin College students that received an emergency grant could use the funds for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arose due to coronavirus.
  7. Students that were identified to receive an emergency grant were able to choose to have the funds applied to their tuition account or to receive the funds as a direct payment to the student.

HEERF Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Last Updated on 4/08/2021 

Please click the link below for Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(3) Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the reporting period ending March 31, 2021.

HEERF Quarterly  and Expenditure Report as of 2021 03 31


HEERF II Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Last Updated on 3/10/2021 

As a recipient of HEERF II CRRSA Act funds, Bellin College is posting the following information:

  1. Bellin College received funding on 1/19/2021 from the HEERF II CRRSA Act. Bellin College will use the student portion of the funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. Bellin College received a total of $109,741 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  3. As of this report, Bellin College is working to identify the students that will receive emergency grants. As indicated in the CRRSA Act, priority will be given to students with the greatest need.
  4. There are approximately 579 Bellin College students enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester that are eligible to be considered for Emergency Financial Aid Grants from the CRRSA Act funds.
  5. Bellin College students that receive emergency grants may use the funds for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
  6. Students that are identified to receive an emergency grant may choose to have the funds applied to their tuition account or to receive the funds as a direct payment to the student.

HEERF Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Last Updated on 01/08/2021

Please click the link below for Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(3) Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the reporting period ending December 31, 2020.

HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report as of 12-31-2020

 


HEERF Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Last Updated on 10/29/2020 

Please click the link below for Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(3) Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the reporting period ending September 30, 2020.

HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report as of 9-30-2020


HEERF Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (Final Report)

Last Updated on 10/29/2020 

As recipients of HEERF CARES Act funds, Bellin College is required to post the following information:

  1. Bellin College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on 5/6/2020. Bellin College has used no less than 50 percent of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
  2. Bellin College received a total of $109,741 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. As of this report, Bellin College has distributed the full required amount of $109,741 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  4. There were approximately 350 Bellin College students enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester that were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to be considered for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. As of this report, 67 Bellin College students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant for students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Bellin College students who incurred or expected to incur eligible expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic were asked to complete a short application form where they could indicate these expenses and request a funding amount. In determining the amount of funding each student received, the application information as well as the student’s financial need as determined by financial aid were taken into consideration.
  7. Students were notified at the time of application which students were eligible for the funds, what expenses were eligible, and to contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions. Students were also informed how the review process would be conducted and how and when payments would be distributed.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

Last Updated on 08/17/2020 

As recipients of HEERF CARES Act funds, Bellin College is required to post the following information:

  1. Bellin College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on 5/6/2020. Bellin College intends to use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
  2. Bellin College received a total of $219,481 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act and $280,519 under Section 18004(a)(3) for a total of $500,000.
  3. As of this report, Bellin College has distributed the full required amount of $109,741 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  4. There were approximately 350 Bellin College students enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester that were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to be considered for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. As of this report, 67 Bellin College students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant for students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Bellin College students who incurred or expected to incur eligible expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic were asked to complete a short application form where they could indicate these expenses and request a funding amount. In determining the amount of funding each student received, the application information as well as the student’s financial need as determined by financial aid were taken into consideration.
  7. Students were notified at the time of application which students were eligible for the funds, what expenses were eligible, and to contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions. Students were also informed how the review process would be conducted and how and when payments would be distributed.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

Last Updated on 07/08/2020 

As recipients of HEERF CARES Act funds, Bellin College is required to post the following information:

  1. Bellin College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on 5/6/2020. Bellin College intends to use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
  2. Bellin College received a total of $219,481 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act and is expected to receive $280,519 under Section 18004(a)(3) for a total of $500,000.
  3. As of this report, Bellin College has distributed $104,125 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  4. There were approximately 350 Bellin College students enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester that were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to be considered for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. As of this report, 61 Bellin College students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant for students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Bellin College students who have incurred or expect to incur eligible expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic were asked to complete a short application form where they could indicate these expenses and request a funding amount. In determining the amount of funding each student will receive, the application information as well as the student’s financial need as determined by financial aid will be taken into consideration.
  7. Students were notified at the time of application which students were eligible for the funds, what expenses were eligible, and to contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions. Students were also informed how the review process would be conducted and how and when payments would be distributed.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

Last Updated on 05/29/2020 

As recipients of HEERF CARES Act funds, Bellin College is required to post the following information:

  1. Bellin College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on 5/6/2020. Bellin College intends to use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
  2. Bellin College received a total of $219,481 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act and is expected to receive $280,519 under Section 18004(a)(3) for a total of $500,000.
  3. As of this report, Bellin College has distributed $0 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as student applications are currently being reviewed.
  4. There were approximately 350 Bellin College students enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester that were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to be considered for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. As of this report, no Bellin College students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant for students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as student applications are currently being reviewed.
  6. Bellin College students who have incurred or expect to incur eligible expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic were asked to complete a short application form where they could indicate these expenses and request a funding amount. In determining the amount of funding each student will receive, the application information as well as the student’s financial need as determined by financial aid will be taken into consideration.
  7. Students were notified at the time of application which students were eligible for the funds, what expenses were eligible, and to contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions. Students were also informed how the review process would be conducted and how and when payments would be distributed.


COVID-19 updates are provided in the tabs below, with newest information first. 

Bellin College Students

Friday, January 14, 2022
Notice:

Masking Policy (NEW): Bellin Health System has updated the Masking Policy. Surgical masks are now required in all Bellin buildings, including the college. All students and employees must wear surgical masks while on campus. The college will have a supply of surgical masks available at the front desk. If you have your own surgical mask, which may be of a different color, design, etc., this is acceptable to wear as well. We will provide masks as long as we are able. Please note, cloth masks have proven to be ineffective with strains of COVID-19 and surgical masks will offer a layer of protection and security that a cloth mask cannot.
 
Additional Recommendations

  • Washing your hands. This will reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission and provides the added benefit of reducing exposure to influenza, colds, or other illnesses.
  • Staying home if you are sick. If you feel under the weather at all, please stay home and do not come to class, lab, or clinical. Stay away from others and take care of yourself.
  • REPORT SYMPTOMS to COVIDReporting@bellincollege.edu and keep your faculty informed.
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms or believe you were exposed to COVID-19.
  • Quarantine and isolation recommendations remain in place. We will continue to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Bellin Health System guidance.

Surveillance Testing

  • Clinical students with an approved exemption. If you have an approved religious or medical exemption student, our clinical sites are requiring proof of surveillance testing. You will be in the immediate priority tier for surveillance testing and will be provided guidance through your Bellin College email.
  • Nonclinical students with an approved exemption: You will be in the secondary tier for surveillance testing and will be provided guidance through your Bellin College email.

We will support flexibility in ways that make sense for our campus and student learning environment. While we continue to value and expect in-person learning opportunities, we recognize that this may be difficult on occasion and/or in the short term. Watch for more guidance from your Academic Dean and/or Program Director.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
Notice:

COVID-19 continues to be a challenge for everyone – our students, our families, our employees, our community, but most importantly – the patients we serve. Our Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff have debated the question of vaccination requirement, and after much research, discussions, and adhering to our mission and values, a decision was made to require all students on campus to be fully vaccinated by January 3, 2022.

Many of our clinical agencies for all educational programs have mandated that faculty and students must have the full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or have an approved medical or religious exemption to be allowed to participate in their clinical placements. The purpose is to not only protect staff but also to protect vulnerable patients who have not or cannot be vaccinated. We want to make sure our students will be able to complete their clinical component of their education, which is necessary to obtain their degree.

What does this mean for you as an incoming or enrolled student at the college?

  • Proof of vaccination (both doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or the single dose option from Johnson & Johnson) or an approved medical or religious exemption must be on file no later than January 3, 2022. If you are receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, your second dose must be received no later than December 20, 2021, to ensure full vaccination status by January 3, 2022.
  • This information will need to be uploaded into your Castle Branch account.
  • Bellin College students who do not meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirements by January 3, 2022 will have their student accesses put on hold until the situation is resolved. Examples include: Online accounts (Canvas, student portal) badge access, etc.
  • Exemption requests must be received no later than November 1, 2021, to be considered. Please send completed exemption forms to Emily Caelwaerts at emily.caelwaerts@bellincollege.edu *Please note, a completed exemption does not ensure program progression*

FAQs

May I receive a medical or religious exemption?
Yes, you may obtain an exemption form using these links:

Please note, these exemptions only pertain to Bellin College. Exemptions through other clinical agencies must be obtained through those respective agencies, if allowed, including Bellin Health. Please contact your Program Director for more information. You may turn in your completed exemption forms to emily.caelwaerts@bellincollege.edu

Where can I get the vaccine?
Please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website for appointments and additional information about the vaccine.

Why is Bellin College requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students?
As a health sciences institution, it is important for us to live by our values of excellence, integrity, community, and caring, and our overall mission to prepare future healthcare professionals for a successful career. Your clinical experience is necessary for you to obtain your degree, and we are seeing many of our clinical partners require that faculty and students must be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption to participate. In addition, many of these agencies you will be applying to for future employment have also required the vaccination for its employees.


Friday, July 30, 2021

NOTICE:

Given the CDC’s updated masking guidance and the increasing COVID-19 transmission in and around our area, Bellin College will return to universal masking as of Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. This policy will apply to all programs at the college, with students and employees required to mask at all times except when they are alone in a private office or space.


5/26/2021

Dear Bellin College Students,

In view of the CDC’s latest guidelines, I want to provide you with an update to the college’s masking protocol*:

  • Those who are fully vaccinated** no longer are required to wear face masks or physically distance while on campus in either indoor or outdoor spaces.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated** should continue to wear masks in indoor spaces and remain social distanced.
  • Please respect anyone who feels most comfortable wearing a mask.

*These COVID masking protocols are subject to change based on the recommended CDC guidelines.

**Remember you are considered fully vaccinated if it has been two or more weeks since your last dose of vaccine.

Bellin College highly encourages you to get vaccinated. Please indicate whether you are or are not vaccinated in your Castlebranch account. This information will assist in academic classroom and lab management. 

Our goal is a safe learning environment for all on our campus.

Thank you,

Nancy Burruss, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean of Student Services


Dear Students,

Safe and highly effective COVID-19 vaccinations are readily available.  Obtaining a vaccination is the best way to protect oneself and our community.  The decision whether to be vaccinated or not belongs to each person.

Please check out the “Choosing Safer Activities” and “Domestic Travel” sections which provide great information heading into the summer.

May 3, 2021
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.Dear Students,

Download the article from the CDC


OPENS March 17, 2021

Please see the information below on COVID vaccination for Bellin students that are caring for patients during spring/summer semesters. Receiving the vaccination is optional but highly encouraged. I have attached an informative COVID Vaccine Q & A sheet that addresses the most commonly asked questions. This document was put together by Bellin Health System Medical Branch. We want you to make an informed decision.

We would advise that you bring your insurance card in case you are asked for it. It is unclear to us whether there will be a charge or not for administration of the vaccine.

Schedule Appointment:

  • Call 920-445-7313
  • Schedule through mybellinhealth.com
  • If you are an BHS employee, please identify when scheduling your appointment
  • Please bring your ID for verification.

Location: Lambeau Field, 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay. Vaccinations are administered in the Atrium with signage.

Parking: Individuals should park in Lot 3 off Lombardi Ave. on the east side of Lambeau Field. Please enter through the American Family Insurance Gate and proceed to Atrium’s main level.

Please Note: It is important to download the v-safe app to provide post-vaccination health data to the CDC. This information can be found in the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheet that is received at the time of vaccination.

Vaccination is critical to ending this pandemic and returning us to life as normal. Get vaccinated today!

Thank you,

Nancy Burruss, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean of Student Services
Associate Professor of Nursing
Title IX Coordinator
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Road
Green Bay, WI   54311
nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu
phone: 920-433-6632
fax: 920-433-1921
www.bellincollege.edu


Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

The college received some funding to cover the costs of COVID-19 Testing. We have set up a program with Bellin Health System to get Free COVID-19 testing for students. The information and steps are listed below. I am coordinating the Student Testing. Please follow these steps to get a FREE test:

  • Create a My Bellin Health account if you do not have one. You log into MyBellinHealth.org and sign up. (It is easy and free).
  • Email Emily Caelwaerts, emily.caelwaerts@bellincollege.edu the following information:
    • Your Full name 
    • Date of birth
    • Preferred testing date
    • Preferred testing time
    • Emily will notify the Bellin Health testing team of your request. Please plan on going to the date/time you selected.
    • Go for your test at the assigned date/time at 600 Webster Avenue, near the hospital and the Manor Care Nursing Home. This is the drive-up testing site.
  • You will receive your results through your My Bellin Health account.
  • You will need to notify Dr. Nancy Burruss, Dean of Student Services of your test results as she will provide the guidance and approval for your Return to Campus/Clinical at nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu

Friday, September 18, 2020
Subject: COVID Update

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are doing well and safe. As you know since Labor Day, September 7, 2020, there has been a significant uptick in testing and cases in the state of Wisconsin and specifically in Brown County, which is currently the second highest in the state. In addition, we are nearing the flu season which is going to complicate things significantly in the mix with COVID. I appreciate that you are doing well with the masking, social distancing, handwashing, stay at home if you are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting, and monitoring your health daily. I cannot stress enough how important these simple techniques are to slow and prevent the spread. It is important as future healthcare professionals, you know and understand how COVID spreads and model professional behavior.

COVID Spreads by:  

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Please keep your circle of friends small and abide by these rules. If you are studying with a group of people and maintaining social distancing, PLEASE keep your masks on. This is your best defense. If you are walking outside together and you are with someone else, and not maintaining a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing, PLEASE keep your mask on. It would be great if you maintained social distancing and kept your mask on. This is your best defense. The challenge you are faced with is that you do not know who your friends have been in contact with and if you or they have been exposed. We have seen both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases. Note that healthcare system employees are masking the entire time at work. As future employees, I know we can handle masking during classes, labs, and clinical.

Many of you have asked what is the threshold that could shut the college back down and this is a mix of things: official government order, a significant breakout in a cohort/class could shut down that class of students and if they were in close contact with another class, there could be an impact, or greater than 50% positivity on campus. In addition, each student case is examined individually based on the type of exposure, when the exposure happened, and if it was the student or a household member, or at work, and if the appropriate guidelines were followed such as masking. Remember, the rules are always changing and we monitoring this on a daily basis.

Thank you for your professionalism and your efforts to decrease the spread of COVID. I appreciate your help in keeping the college open and functioning. Have a great weekend.

Connie

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN
President/CEO
Professor of Nursing
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
920.433.6622 office
920.433.1921 fax
connie.boerst@bellincollege.edu


Friday, August 21, 2020 12:45 PM
Subject: Return to Campus

Hi Students and Employees,

We are looking forward to having students back for the start of the fall semester! Remember—WEARING A MASK is Mandatory!

We have set up COVID Check-in Stations at the entrances. Below is a YouTube video of what to expect when you come to a college entrance.

It is mandatory for students to Check-in; if an employee has done their self-check at home they do not need to stop at the Check-in Station.

https://youtu.be/zf4HbfhJGbs

If you have any questions, concerns connect with me.
Thank you, Nancy

Nancy Burruss, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean of Student Services
Associate Professor of Nursing
Title IX Coordinator
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Road
Green Bay, WI   54311
nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu
phone: 920-433-6632
fax: 920-433-1921
www.bellincollege.edu


Thursday, April 29, 2020

  • Effective Monday, May 4th through May 22nd our front desk coverage will be from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.  
  • During this time frame, the building will remain closed to all students and the general public, including family members and guests of employees.    As an exception, we are currently allowing students access to the building on a limited basis only to print documents.   They will still be able to do so, but now only between the hours of 9am and 3pm. 
  • Deliveries will be accepted between 9am and 3pm Monday through Friday.
  • Employee access to the building has been and will continue to be from 6:00am – 9:00pm 7 days a week.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Dear Students and Employees,

As COVID-19 continues in the state of Wisconsin and with the current surge in Brown County, Gov. Evers has extended his Safer at Home order until 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020. My hope is that things will settle down between now and May 26th and we will begin to see normalcy in Wisconsin.

Due to these circumstances, theory courses will continue online for the summer 2020 and classes may be synchronous or asynchronous and further information will be provided shortly. The Sonography program will receive separate information from their program director.

Leadership continues to monitor this situation for lab and clinical opportunities. I will provide updates regarding lab on campus as we make decisions over the next few weeks.

If you have questions, please let me know.

I hope you are all well and safe! I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Thank you.

Connie

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN

President/CEO

Professor of Nursing

Bellin College

3201 Eaton Rd

Green Bay, WI 54311

920.433.6622 office

920.433.1921 fax

connie.boerst@bellincollege.edu


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Dear Students and Employees,

I want to provide you with an update regarding spring semester courses and the college’s response to COVID-19.

As you know, the college is scheduled to be closed through May 1. In an effort to keep students and college employees safe, we have extended the May 1 closing date to continue through the end of the spring 2020 semester. Therefore, classes will continue in the online/alternative format. If the Governor’s Safer at Home order is relaxed, we will re-evaluate the situation for any clinical or lab opportunities on campus with the Health Science Resource Center and with our clinical agencies. Students can continue to come to campus for printing needs.

I hope you and your families are safe and doing well during these trying times. Bellin College is committed to providing students with continuity in their studies and being proactive in protecting the health and safety of our campus community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.

Sincerely,

Connie

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN

President/CEO

Professor of Nursing

Bellin College

3201 Eaton Rd

Green Bay, WI 54311

920.433.6622 office

920.433.1921 fax

connie.boerst@bellincollege.edu

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Students,

We have been receiving some questions about students’ printing of class materials. With classes going online, we know some of you like to print your materials and some of you do not. We also know you may not have a printer at home or are concerned about the large volume of class material you would like to print. In keeping with the Governor’s latest Executive Order for the State of Wisconsin, students will be allowed to come to campus and print materials for their online classes. We are hoping this opportunity will meet your needs and decrease your stress.

Remember: Please DO NOT come on campus if you are sick (fever >100.4F; cough, sore throat, shortness of breath).

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Be sure to bring your computer and student badge (badge will be shown at the front door as well as needed to access your printer credits).
  • You may come Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • No family members and/or friends will be allowed to enter the building.
  • Use the main college entrance only and ring the doorbell. Scott Mertens, Security will direct you to the Student Lounge 1st floor printer. Please email Scott and let him know you are coming at scott.mertens@bellincollege.edu .
  • No more than four (4) students will be allowed in the building at a time. If you need to wait, please sit at different tables in the atrium.
  • You will practice social distancing (6 feet) from another person.
  • You must hand sanitize your hands before and after touching the printer.
  • When you have completed your printing project, we kindly ask you to leave the building.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu so I can help you.

Please take care and be safe,

Nancy

Nancy Burruss, PhD, RN, CNE

Dean of Student Services

Associate Professor of Nursing

Title IX Coordinator

Bellin College

3201 Eaton Road

Green Bay, WI   54311

nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu

phone: 920-433-6632

fax: 920-433-1921

www.bellincollege.edu


Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 5:30 pm

Dear Students and Employees,

I want to thank each of you for your patience and understanding during these changing times with COVID-19. The pace of the spread continues to accelerate and as a college campus, we continue to respond to these rapid changes. The College Board of Trustees and Leadership is continually assessing the situation and things are changing moment by moment. We have a new procedure in place beginning tomorrow morning, Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 8 am.

The following changes will be made for students and employees:

  • The college building will be closed to the public until further notice; we will continue to monitor this situation.
  • All theory courses will be online or an alternate method through May 1, 2020.
  • All labs are cancelled through May 1. 2020.  
  • Clinical is cancelled through the end of the semester.  Virtual or simulated options are being pursued. Your Program Director will provide more information as it is available.
  • Senior students and graduate students, please watch for updates from your academic dean for specifics regarding your graduation requirements.
  • Faculty and staff will be working remotely unless their position requires them to be on campus. Social distancing will be followed. Essential functions of the college will continue and will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
  • All events are cancelled through May 1, 2020.
  • A member of President’s Cabinet will be on site between 8-430 pm, Monday – Friday.

It is unknown how long this situation will continue and I will provide updates over the course of the next several weeks. I cannot thank you all enough for your patience during these past few weeks and your dedication to Bellin College. As current and future healthcare providers, I am confident we will learn much from this event and rise to the needs of our patients and our community.

Positively,

Connie

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN

President/CEO

Professor of Nursing 

Bellin College

3201 Eaton Rd

Green Bay, WI 54311

920.433.6622 office

920.433.1923 fax

connie.boerst@bellincollege.edu


3/12/2020

Dear Bellin College Students,

As things are changing rapidly with the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we continue to monitor the ever-changing landscape. As Wisconsin has been declared a State of Emergency today, we will be implementing the following plan for our students and the college.

As students, you are on spring break March 16-20, 2020. Effective March 23 through Sunday, April 5, 2020, the theory portion of your courses will be moving to an online or another format/method (as determined by the course facilitator). Please note, if you have a class on Monday, March 23, 2020 it is not an expectation that your faculty have things ready for Monday morning. At this time, lab experiences on campus and clinical experiences will continue as scheduled.

If you have traveled outside the borders of the United States, please contact your academic dean prior to returning to campus, or any lab or clinical.

Dr. Mary Rolloff – mary.rolloff@bellincollege.edu
Dr. Mark Bake – Mark.bake@bellincollege.edu

Students who need accommodations for testing or need access to internet or a computer during this time, should contact the IT Director, Travis Smith, travis.smith@bellincollege.edu Dr. Nancy Burruss will be communicating with Student Organization facilitators and student leaders regarding student organization activities.

Student workers and ambassadors will be contact by their supervisor.

The BC Express will be closed March 16 and reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020. The Micro Market will be available. Please plan for your meals accordingly.

The college will be open as scheduled for business and operations. I have provided the link for our building hours as a reference for you. https://www.bellincollege.edu/campus-life/safety-and-security/building-hours/

I want you to know that this is an ever-changing situation and what decisions we make today, may not be valid tomorrow. The President’s Cabinet continues to monitor the situation and will provide continuous updates as new information becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

Thank you,

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN
President/CEO
Professor of Nursing
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
920.433.6622 office
920.433.1921 fax
connie.boerst@bellincollege.edu


3/11/2020

Hello Everyone,

Bellin College continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The President’s Cabinet is meeting daily to assess this dynamic situation and make the necessary decisions that will keep our students and employees safe. We are utilizing the guidance from the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Bellin Health Infection Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Team in making decisions. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services continues to say public health risk is low.

Travel outside the U.S.

We are closely monitoring the CDC for travel restrictions. As of right now, the CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with Level 3 and Level 2 travel notices due to the risk of getting COVID-19. However, the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to countries with Level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low.

If you are planning on international trip (Level 2 or 3), keep in mind a quarantine for 14 days is mandatory. Also, those returning from or through a CDC Level 1 country will be required to self-observe for 14 days before returning to campus. Students–be mindful of potential disruption to your reentry to the United States and your ability to successfully complete the semester. These guidelines may evolve.

A global map of coronavirus cases

Travel within the U.S. cities with confirmed cases especially community spread can put you at greater risk. Be sure to practice usual precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Upon your return from Spring Break, we are NOT asking you to quarantine (stay home) unless symptoms are present. If you have symptoms, you must stay home and CALL your provider.

Key symptoms are:

  • Fever (>100F)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are sick, stay home! DO NOT REPORT TO CAMPUS, CLASS, CLINICAL, OR LAB. CALL your provider for guidance and evaluation. Call your faculty to let them know you are ill. If your respiratory symptoms are mild and you have not traveled recently, practice basic care and stay home until you are well. Again, these guidelines are dynamic and may change over time.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website is an excellent source of FAQ’s “What You Should Know”, latest situation updates, and travel information. They have also released important information and guidance at a Spring Break Travel Website. Please see “What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)”. CDC Link: https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19

Please stay safe,

Nancy

Nancy Burruss, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean of Student Services
Associate Professor of Nursing
Title IX Coordinator
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Road
Green Bay, WI   54311
phone: 920-433-6632
fax: 920-433-1921
nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu

Bellin College Employees

Tue 02/01/2022

‘FULLY VACCINATED’ VS. ‘UP-TO-DATE’: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently clarified language on COVID-19 vaccines, encouraging individuals to remain up to date on vaccination, meaning they have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines — so individuals can be fully vaccinated but not up-to-date if they are missing recommended boosters.

So what does this mean for Bellin College? At this time, our employee and affiliate vaccine requirement does not include the “up-to-date” language, meaning boosters are not required (but are strongly recommended) for those eligible. However, Bellin Health is now requiring all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations to be eligible for Bellin-related travel reimbursement. We will continue to update you as necessary on requirements related to these definitions. Leaders can inquire about your vaccination status when you ask or request travel or conference funding/reimbursement prior to the travel.

Please reach out to your cabinet leader if you have questions.

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN
President/CEO


January 14, 2022
 The following changes go in effect, Monday, January 17, 2022:

Masking Policy Update:
Bellin Health System has updated the Masking Policy. Surgical masks are now required in all Bellin buildings which includes the college. All employees must wear surgical masks while on campus. The college will have a supply of surgical masks in the first-floor workroom and the second-floor workroom. If you have your own surgical mask, which may be of a different color, design, etc., this is acceptable to wear as well. We will provide masks as long as we are able. Please note, cloth masks have proven to be ineffective with strains of COVID-19 and surgical masks will offer a layer of protection and security that cloth cannot.

At this time, classes, labs, and clinical will be in-person starting January 17, 2022. Students will be provided a surgical mask as well and these will be available at the reception desk.

College Meetings:
If you can meet on Teams for meetings, we ask that you do so unless meeting in person is necessary.

Meals/Breaks:
Maintaining proper social distancing is critical, especially when unmasked during meal breaks. Please remind team members of the importance of maintaining their distance during meal breaks.  

Contacting Employee Health Services:
If you have been exposed to COVID-19 but have received your full vaccine series and booster, you do not need to contact Employee Health. Please be diligent with masking and self-monitor. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact Employee Health for guidance.

If you have not received the booster but are fully vaccinated, please contact Employee Health for guidance if you are exposed.

Employee Health Contact Information:

Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Phone: (920) 433-3587
Email: employeehealthservices@bellin.org
 
Monday-Friday 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(920) 445-7313 (Telehealth will route as needed)
 
Saturday-Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(920) 445-7313

The college will continue to monitor these situations and provide updates as needed. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your direct supervisor or cabinet member if you have questions.
 
 Thank you – Connie J. Boerst – President


Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021

All Bellin Health employees, including employees working remote and affiliates, will be required to complete COVID-19 vaccination by Nov. 15, 2021 unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. This includes ALL Bellin College faculty, adjunct faculty and staff, as we are employees of the Bellin Health System. Please note, all Bellin College faculty members must submit proof of vaccination status from the Wisconsin Immunization Record (WIR) and submit to Mary Roffers at mary.roffers@bellincollege.edu.
 
Why
Vaccination is currently the single most effective way to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19. President Biden has issued an Executive Order that will require healthcare organizations to require vaccination for all employees. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have requested that healthcare organizations begin preparation for this requirement.
 
A summary of key points follows and is expanded upon below*.

  • Clinical efficacy and safety
    • COVID-19 vaccinations are safe
    • COVID-19 vaccinations are effective at reducing the risk of becoming infected and spreading the infection to others
  • Risks of COVID-19 infection to self and others
    • COVID-19 has a significant risk of transmission before the onset and in the absence of symptoms. These risks are substantially higher among unvaccinated individuals
    • Among unvaccinated individuals, COVID-19 infections pose a substantial risk of severe illness and death and may lead to long-term adverse impacts to health. These risks are higher among individuals with certain underlying health conditions, including many patients in hospitals or who are seen in hospital-based ambulatory settings
    • As a healthcare organization, we are expected to adopt the best practice for protecting our patients and staff from COVID-19
    • Vaccinated employees are less likely to become ill and subject to less-restrictive quarantine guidelines than their unvaccinated counterparts at a time of consistently high patient volumes and incredible demands on our workforce.
  • Formal FDA approval
    • On Aug. 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided formal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine for COVID-19 for individuals ages 16 and older
  • Federal requirement –CMS
    • The Biden-Harris administration has announced plans to require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facilities to protect them and the patients they serve from the virus.
    • Bellin is making efforts now to get staff vaccinated so we are in compliance when this rule takes effect.

 
Details

  • Vaccination series must be completed by Nov. 15, 2021.
    • We recommend employees who plan to receive a vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) receive their first dose by Oct. 18 to ensure the series is completed. This likely will apply to most employees as the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not widely available.
    • Those who do not comply will be subject to the performance management process, up to and including termination
  • To schedule a vaccine:
    • Schedule via My Bellin Health.
    • Contact Employee Health
    • Or visit vaccines.gov to locate a vaccination site near you.
  • Medical and religious exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Bellin Health Chaplaincy will not approve or issue exemptions. Employees are required to seek the necessary exemption from their religious leader.
  • Exemption form(s) must be completed and submitted by October 18 to meet the vaccination requirement deadline.
  • Exemption forms may be accessed here:
  • Employee or affiliate must meet vaccination requirement if a medical or religious exemption is not approved through the exemption process.
  • Individuals who receive an approved medical or religious exemption will be required to submit to weekly surveillance testing for COVID-19 and wear enhanced PPE to reduce the potential for spreading COVID-19 viral infection.
  • Employee or affiliate will need to submit proof of vaccination to ensure compliance if a team member was vaccinated somewhere other than Bellin.
    • Printed report from healthcare provider’s electronic health record (EHR) and/or
    • Copy of CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card.
    • Submission of these forms should be faxed or sent via email to Employee Health. Email: employeehealthservices@bellin.org or Fax: 920-433-7997.

 
Questions you may have:
We want to ensure we answer any and all questions you and your team members may have surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. A list of frequently asked questions follows, and we will hold a special Connect with Chris call at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 to answer further questions from employees and affiliates. Please listen in live or access the recording if you cannot. The recording will be made available on Tillie, and you will be notified when it is available. The dial-in number is 1-404-397-1516 and the access code is 964 881 557 #.
 
Questions should be submitted prior to the CWC on Thursday to Laura Winnekens at laura.winnekens@bellin.org
 
 
 
COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
 
Q: I have had COVID-19. Why should I get a vaccine when I have natural immunity?
A: The vaccine offers better protection. Studies show people who were not vaccinated after having COVID had 2.34 times the odds of recurrent infection compared with those who were fully vaccinated after having had COVID. The vaccine provides better protection from the current variants than does natural infection.
 
Q: I’m pregnant and leery of receiving the vaccine. What can you tell me?
A: Citing the safe use of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine recommend all pregnant women be vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 puts pregnant women at increased risk of severe complications and even death.
 
Q: I’ve heard the mRNA vaccines alter your DNA. What’s up with that?
A: Messenger RNA (mRNA) is not the same as DNA and cannot be combined with DNA to change your genetic code
 
Q: What about the risk of side effects?
A: More than 350 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the U.S., and serious side effects are extremely rare. Risks from contracting COVID-19 are far greaterin fact, 1 in 500 people in the U.S. have died a COVID-related death.
 
Q: I’m hoping to become pregnant and I have fertility concerns. Should I be worried?
A: A recent study concluded that the vaccine is safe for women considering a future pregnancy.  The study documented, for the first time in women, that seropositivity to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein — whether from vaccination or COVID infection — does not prevent embryo implantation or early pregnancy development.
 
Q: My friend got vaccinated and said it affected her period, which gives me pause. What information is out there about this?
A: The FDA and all three COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) say that they have not seen evidence that any of the vaccines cause menstrual irregularities or related health problems. ACOG says it is aware of the reports of menstrual cycle changes, but still highly recommends vaccination and says there is no reason to schedule vaccination around periods.
 
Q: Does the vaccine cause cancer?
A: These types of vaccines (mRNA and adenovirus vector vaccines) can actually be used to treat cancer. They work by teaching the body to recognize and fight against the illness (whether cancer or COVID). The vaccine is not alive and cannot infect or change our cells.
 
 
What if I have additional questions or concerns?

  • Please listen to this week’s special Connect with Chris call
    • 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30
    • Chris’ guests will include Bellin Health Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Michael Landrum and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Cynthia Lasecki
    • Call 1-404-397-1516 and enter access code 964 881 557 #
    • Questions for the session may be submitted to Laura Winnekens, Laura.Winnekens@bellin.org
  • Any additional questions may be directed to COVID19@bellin.org.
  • Our team of medical experts is available for Q&A sessions for your area or department. To schedule, contact Sarina Baker, Sarina.Baker@bellin.org.

 
A note about reputable information

  • Our recommendation takes into account a full analysis of available, reputable information, including the following. Links to sources are included at the end of this document:
    • Position from professional organizations including the AHA, AMA, WMS among others
    • The current state of COVID-19 disease, spread and hospitalizations in our region
    • Assessment of available treatments for COVID-19
    • Current published studies relating to vaccine effectiveness, known vaccine side effects, and the known complications from COVID-19 illness.
  • You, your friends or family members may have received misinformation that seems credible online or on various social media platforms.
    • Reputable information is critical. Sixty-five percent of false information online comes from just 12 sources — and their many followers who spread it.
    • We ask everyone to carefully consider their sources and ask questions if something doesn’t seem right. We can share reputable sources, as well as the expertise of our medical staff, to address any concerns. 

Sources:
AMA in support of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for health care workers | American Medical Association (ama-assn.org)
AHA Policy Statement on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Personnel | AHA
COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review | CDC
What You Should Know About the Possibility of COVID-19 Illness After Vaccination | CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7032e1.htm
 
https://www.acog.org/en/news/news-releases/2021/07/acog-smfm-recommend-covid-19-vaccination-for-pregnant-individuals
https://www.asrm.org/news-and-publications/news-and-research/press-releases-and-bulletins/new-study-reveals-covid-vaccine-does-not-cause-female-sterility
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/08/09/1024190379/covid-vaccine-period-menstrual-cycle-research


Friday, July 30, 2021

NOTICE:

Given the CDC’s updated masking guidance and the increasing COVID-19 transmission in and around our area, Bellin College will return to universal masking as of Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. This policy will apply to all programs at the college, with students and employees required to mask at all times except when they are alone in a private office or space.


Thursday, April 29, 2020

  • Effective Monday, May 4th through May 22nd our front desk coverage will be from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.  
  • During this time frame, the building will remain closed to all students and the general public, including family members and guests of employees.    As an exception, we are currently allowing students access to the building on a limited basis only to print documents.   They will still be able to do so, but now only between the hours of 9am and 3pm. 
  • Deliveries will be accepted between 9am and 3pm Monday through Friday.
  • Employee access to the building has been and will continue to be from 6:00am – 9:00pm 7 days a week.

April 23, 2020

Dear Students and Employees,

As COVID-19 continues in the state of Wisconsin and with the current surge in Brown County, Gov. Evers has extended his Safer at Home order until 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020. My hope is that things will settle down between now and May 26th and we will begin to see normalcy in Wisconsin.

Due to these circumstances, theory courses will continue online for the summer 2020 and classes may be synchronous or asynchronous and further information will be provided shortly. The Sonography program will receive separate information from their program director.

Leadership continues to monitor this situation for lab and clinical opportunities. I will provide updates regarding lab on campus as we make decisions over the next few weeks.

If you have questions, please let me know.

I hope you are all well and safe! I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Thank you.

Connie

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN

President/CEO

Professor of Nursing

Bellin College

3201 Eaton Rd

Green Bay, WI 54311

920.433.6622 office

920.433.1921 fax

connie.boerst@bellincollege.edu


3/24/2020

Governor Evers Safer At Home Order –

Dear Employees,

Governor Evers announced a Safer At Home Order yesterday and the order and implementation plan was provided this morning. The new order is effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. 

After reviewing the specifics of the order, the college will not change our current plans for operations. It is essential for us to assure the distance learning needs of our students are being met and we continue with the essential operations of the college. Employees are still able to access the college to do any tasks that they need to, but we truly encourage you to work at home as much as possible. When on campus, remember to use social distancing. Employees will be able to come to the college and get necessary things to continue their work from home and to educate students. If faculty need to come in and do their recordings in their office and leave, that is allowed. Access to the building for employees remains 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Scott Mertens will be at the front desk from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to allow for deliveries, etc. The deep cleaning of office spaces continues.

Governor Evers commented:

“I know the COVID-19 outbreak has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state. Issuing a Safer at Home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly, but here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously,” said Gov. Evers. “Each and every one of us has to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work. Let’s all do our part and work together.”

Details of the order specific to Bellin College

Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.

Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include, but are not limited to: 

  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;

If you have specific questions, please connect with your Dean or VP. Thank you for all that you are doing to keep the education of our students moving forward.

Connie

READ: Health Order: Safer at Home


3/18/2020

Dear College Staff and Faculty,

First and foremost, we want to thank all of you for the flexibility and professionalism you have shown during this unprecedented and very difficult time. We have been making real-time, difficult decisions as new guidelines and directives are announced from the CDC, federal and state governments, and our community partners. We are also working on contingency plans so we can quickly adjust to all possible future scenarios. The wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and community have been and will remain at the forefront as decisions are made.

According to the executive order released by Governor Evers, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, all public and private schools and institutions of higher education in the State of Wisconsin shall close for instructional and extracurricular activities until further notice. To this end, we wanted to make you aware of the following changes:

  • Effective March 19th, the main entrance door will be locked at all times. Employees may continue to use their badges to enter any door.
  • The building will be closed to all students and the general public. This includes family members and guests of employees. 
  • Scott, our evening and weekend security guard, will be stationed at the front desk from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. Scott will handle letting individuals in for deliveries and mail services.

Please continue to practice the following good habits:

  • Social distancing (at least 6 feet) when eating lunch and conversing with others. Communicate via phone, email, or another virtual method when feasible.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Cover your cough
  • Monitor yourself for the following symptoms: Fever of 100.4 or greater, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat

If you have any questions regarding the above information or if you have any concerns specific to your work or home situation, please reach out to your supervisor or a Cabinet member (President/VP/Dean).

Thank you and stay healthy!

Ginger Krummen Schraven on behalf of Cabinet

3/13/2020

Dear College Staff,

Per CDC and Bellin Health guidelines, any person who has or is traveling out of the country is to be self-quarantined for 14 days following return to the US. 

  1.  Employees who have or are traveling outside of the US MUST notify Employee Health Services at 920-433-3587 within 24 hours prior to departure and immediately upon their return.
  2. Employees who have or are traveling outside of the country must contact their respective Cabinet member with dates of travel.
  3. Assuming you are symptom free at the end of the 2 weeks, you will be able to return to work unless you have been told otherwise by Employee Health Services.
  4. If a fever, cough or shortness of breath develop, please contact your health care provider immediately and notify your respective Cabinet member.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Ginger Krummen Schraven on behalf of Cabinet

Ginger Krummen Schraven
VP of Business & Finance
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
920.433.6631 office
920.433.1921 fax
ginger.krummen@bellincollege.edu


3/12/2020

Dear College Staff,

As things are changing rapidly with the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we continue to monitor the ever-changing landscape. As Wisconsin has been declared a State of Emergency today, we will be implementing the following plan for the college.

Students are on spring break March 16-20, 2020. The college will be moving theory courses to online or another method (determined by the faculty) for classes beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. The faculty member will communicate appropriately with the class. As of now, students will be on campus for lab experiences and will continue with their clinical components.

If you have traveled outside the borders of the United States, please contact your supervisor prior to returning to campus. 

We are canceling all outside meetings/events until further notice. Any meeting on campus of more than 8 Bellin College members, should be suspended or attended in a virtual format. If you have meetings with a current or prospective student, these meetings may continue. The President’s Cabinet has decided that the following events are canceled:

  • Staff Development Day
  • Outside recruitment trips/events
  • All Hands-on-Healthcare held March 16-April 5, 2020 (both on and off campus)
  • New Student Reception
  • Campus Preview Day
  • Disaster Simulation

The BC Express will be closed March 16 and reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020. The Micro Market will be available. Please plan for your meals accordingly.

The college will be open as scheduled for business and operations. I have provided the link for our building hours as a reference for you. https://www.bellincollege.edu/campus-life/safety-and-security/building-hours/

I want you to know that this is an ever-changing situation and what decisions we make today, may not be valid tomorrow. The President’s Cabinet continues to monitor the situation and will provide continuous updates as new information becomes available. Please direct any questions to your Cabinet member.

Thank you for your patience. 

Thank you –

Connie

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN
President/CEO
Professor of Nursing
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
920.433.6622 office
920.433.1921 fax
connie.boerst@bellincollege.edu


3/11/2020

Hello Everyone,

Bellin College continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The President’s Cabinet is meeting daily to assess this dynamic situation and make the necessary decisions that will keep our students and employees safe. We are utilizing the guidance from the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Bellin Health Infection Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Team in making decisions. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services continues to say public health risk is low.

Travel outside the U.S.

We are closely monitoring the CDC for travel restrictions. As of right now, the CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with Level 3 and Level 2 travel notices due to the risk of getting COVID-19. However, the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to countries with Level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low.

If you are planning on international trip (Level 2 or 3), keep in mind a quarantine for 14 days is mandatory. Also, those returning from or through a CDC Level 1 country will be required to self-observe for 14 days before returning to campus. Students–be mindful of potential disruption to your reentry to the United States and your ability to successfully complete the semester. These guidelines may evolve.

A global map of coronavirus cases

Travel within the U.S. cities with confirmed cases especially community spread can put you at greater risk. Be sure to practice usual precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Upon your return from Spring Break, we are NOT asking you to quarantine (stay home) unless symptoms are present. If you have symptoms, you must stay home and CALL your provider.

Key symptoms are:

  • Fever (>100F)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are sick, stay home! DO NOT REPORT TO CAMPUS, CLASS, CLINICAL, OR LAB. CALL your provider for guidance and evaluation. Call your faculty to let them know you are ill. If your respiratory symptoms are mild and you have not traveled recently, practice basic care and stay home until you are well. Again, these guidelines are dynamic and may change over time.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website is an excellent source of FAQ’s “What You Should Know”, latest situation updates, and travel information. They have also released important information and guidance at a Spring Break Travel Website. Please see “What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)”. CDC Link: https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19

Please stay safe,

Nancy

Nancy Burruss, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean of Student Services
Associate Professor of Nursing
Title IX Coordinator
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Road
Green Bay, WI   54311
phone: 920-433-6632
fax: 920-433-1921
nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu

General Public

Friday, July 30, 2021

NOTICE:

Given the CDC’s updated masking guidance and the increasing COVID-19 transmission in and around our area, Bellin College will return to universal masking as of Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. This policy will apply to all programs at the college, with students and employees required to mask at all times except when they are alone in a private office or space.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11,  2020

Bellin College graduation set for Field of Scenes in Freedom

Bellin College plans to honor its 134 graduates at a nontraditional ceremony at Field of Scenes Drive-in at 1 p.m. May 16, 2020, after having to cancel and move the ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bellin College President Dr. Connie Boerst will preside over the ceremony.

Graduates and their families will be allowed one car per graduate and the ceremony will be broadcast over the radios to each vehicle. Families and students are encouraged to decorate his or her vehicle before the event and to proceed to the theater and follow guidance from parking attendants. No refreshments will be available on-site. After each graduate’s name is read, a brief period of time for honking will be allowed.

A limited number of college officials will address the crowd and class speakers will give his or her address at Field of Scenes. Class speakers are Maximilian Soda, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Victoria Lemke, Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences; McKenzie Scheld, Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography; and Erin Carter, Master of Science in Nursing.


Thursday, April 29, 2020

  • Effective Monday, May 4th through May 22nd our front desk coverage will be from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.  
  • During this time frame, the building will remain closed to all students and the general public, including family members and guests of employees.    As an exception, we are currently allowing students access to the building on a limited basis only to print documents.   They will still be able to do so, but now only between the hours of 9am and 3pm. 
  • Deliveries will be accepted between 9am and 3pm Monday through Friday.
  • Employee access to the building has been and will continue to be from 6:00am – 9:00pm 7 days a week.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/8/2020

CONTACT:           Matt Rentmeester
PHONE:                 (920) 433-6657
EMAIL:                 matt.rentmeester@bellincollege.edu

Bellin College postpones spring graduation

Bellin College has been monitoring the current COVID-19 public health situation and has been assessing how this will impact our events moving forward. It is with much consideration for the safety of our college community and the friends and families of our graduates that we must postpone graduation scheduled for May 16 at the Weidner Center in Green Bay.

“To protect the safety of our graduates and their families, it was pertinent to make this decision,” said President and CEO Dr. Connie Boerst. “Our graduates are all going to be healthcare providers and we still will ensure their ability to graduate and enter the workforce during these ever-changing COVID-19 times.”

We look forward to celebrating our graduating class in the way they deserve.

College leaders will provide updates as new information becomes available. The information will be available online at https://www.bellincollege.edu/covid-19-update/

Parents and students with questions or concerns may contact Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Public Relations Matt Rentmeester at (920) 433-6657.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3/19/2020

CONTACT:           Matt Rentmeester
PHONE:                 (920) 433-6657
EMAIL:                 matt.rentmeester@bellincollege.edu

Bellin College clinical courses canceled for rest of semester, building closed

Bellin College leaders have been monitoring the public health risk of COVID-19 and will be closing campus to students and public as of today, March 19, 2020, and has made other changes to operation and instruction of its students.

Bellin College has made these changes:

  • College building closed to the public and students until further notice.
  • Deliveries will be accepted 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • All theory courses will be online or through an alternate method through May 1, 2020.
  • All lab courses are canceled through May 1, 2020.
  • All clinical instruction is canceled through the end of the semester. Virtual or simulated options are being pursued.
  • Academic deans will be in contact with senior and graduate students about requirements for graduation.
  • Faculty and staff will work remotely unless their position requires them to be on campus. Essential functions of the college will continue to be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
  • All events canceled through May 1, 2020.
  • A member of college administration will be on campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This is an evolving situation and could change rapidly. College leaders continue daily to monitor local and national resources and discuss the situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available. The information will be available online at https://www.bellincollege.edu/covid-19-update/

Parents and students with questions or concerns may contact Dean of Students Dr. Nancy Burruss at (920) 433-6632.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3/13/2020

CONTACT:           Matt Rentmeester
PHONE:                 (920) 433-6657
EMAIL:                 matt.rentmeester@bellincollege.edu

Bellin College moves some courses online, clinical
and lab continues as normal

Bellin College has been monitoring the current COVID-19 situation and has been assessing how this will impact our events moving forward. When students return from Spring Break on March 23, theory portions of courses will be moved to an online or other format determined by course facilitators through April 5. At this time, lab experiences on campus and clinical experiences will continue as scheduled.  

The college will be canceling all outside meetings/events until further notice with steps being taken to limit numbers in staff and faculty meetings, many being in a virtual format.

College administration has chosen to cancel the following upcoming campus events: Staff development day, outside recruitment/events, Hands on Healthcare events through April 5 (on and off-campus), New Student Reception, Campus Preview Day. This list could grow as the situation continues.

This is an evolving situation and could change rapidly. College leaders continue daily to monitor local and national resources and discuss the situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available. The information will be available online at https://www.bellincollege.edu/covid-19/

The college will be open as scheduled for business and operations.

Parents and students with questions or concerns may contact Dean of Students Nancy Burruss at (920) 433-6632.

COVID Vaccine Question and Answer

Bellin Health System Medical Branch
COVID VACCINE Q&A

What are the side effects to this vaccine?
The most common side effects found in the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine trials included pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain and joint pain. Side effects tended to be more frequent after the second dose, according to the analysis.

Among those between 18 and 55 years of age, 16% of participants who received the vaccine had fever after the second dose. Fifty-nine percent reported fatigue, 52% reported headache and 35% reported chills. Thirty-seven percent had muscle pain, 22% reported joint pain and 10% reported diarrhea. Those older than 55 tended to report fewer side effects. In general, side effects seem a bit more common and perhaps a bit worse than the typical flu shot, but tended to resolve in a day or two. No serious long-term effects of the vaccine have been found to date, and monitoring will be continued in trial participants for 2 years.

Can the COVID vaccine make a Covid-19 infection worse?
No, and COVID-19 vaccine researchers have been mindful of immune enhancement, which is seen rarely, primarily with Dengue fever vaccine. There is no evidence that any of the coronavirus vaccines in development worsen a coronavirus infection rather than confer immunity to it.

Does the vaccine actually protect against serious COVID-19 illness?
In the Pfizer study, of the 140 patients in the study who developed COVID, 132 had received the placebo (that is how they came up with the 95% effectiveness data). Importantly, of the 10 patients in the study who developed severe COVID-19 illness, nine had received the placebo, and one had received that vaccine. This suggests significant protection against serious illness with the vaccine

What ages are approved for the Pfizer vaccine?
It appears to be safe and effective for those 16 years and older, and is approved for those ages

When does protection against COVID begin after the vaccine?
There is evidence of protection 12 days after the first dose. The 95 % effectiveness data is achieved 7 days after the second dose

How many people were included in these studies?
43,000 people were in the Pfizer study, half received the active vaccine. Moderna included 30,000 patients. 

What is up with those allergic reactions to the vaccine in England?
As usual with research studies, people with a history of allergic reactions were excluded from the study. As vaccine started to be given after approval, two health care workers in England developed allergic reactions.

Because of their history of severe allergies, they had carried adrenaline pens, both workers were recovering well after being treated for symptoms of anaphylactoid reactions that they developed shortly after their shots. Based on these two cases, it is now recommended that this vaccine not be given to those with a history of severe allergic reactions.

Note that allergic reactions can happen with any medication or vaccine. The generally recognized rates of these reactions is 1.3 reactions for every million doses of vaccine.

Does trial data clearly show that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh any safety concerns? (Answer from the Advisory Board)
“Yes. The vaccine protects against a potentially fatal illness, and its only proven side effects are short-term and mild. Pfizer and FDA will monitor for any more serious risks that may emerge.. Here’s where I want to choose my words carefully. Some people may read the paragraph above and decide that, if there is any possible risk associated with this vaccine, they shouldn’t get it. That is, I think, the wrong reaction, for two reasons.   First, it is impossible for any drug trial to prove absolute safety. That’s just how the math works: There is almost always some rare condition that occurs more frequently in vaccine recipients than in placebo recipients, often only by random chance. (For context, in the Pfizer vaccine study, more people who received the placebo suffered from pneumonia, atrial fibrillation, and syncope — but nobody thinks the placebo caused those conditions! It was likely just a statistical fluke.) Scientists must do the best work they can within the constraints of this fundamental mathematical limitation. In this case, FDA’s judgment is that the vaccine doesn’t pose serious risks. This strikes me as both normal and appropriate, as long as it’s accompanied by a plan for continued monitoring. Second, whenever you or I choose to take any drug, we’re balancing risks and benefits.

The right question isn’t, “Does this treatment carry any risks at all?” Rather, we should ask, “Do the benefits of this vaccine outweigh any potential risks?” That is, are we better off taking the vaccine and accepting a tiny risk of unforeseen side effects—or rejecting the vaccine and bearing a much larger risk of contracting Covid-19, which already has killed nearly 300,000 Americans?

The answer is clear. For most people, the vaccine’s benefits appear to dramatically outweigh its risks.”

Should we be worried that this vaccine is approved under Emergency Use Authorization? Is the vaccine less safe than other vaccines because it was developed so quickly?
No. The EUA process has been deliberative, and despite some experts’ fears, the authorization wasn’t rushed to meet the artificial deadline of Election Day. Plus, because the new coronavirus has surged so severely in recent weeks, we’ve seen a mounting number of COVID-19 cases among placebo recipients—even as those who received the vaccine enjoyed robust protection. In that sense, the worsening of the pandemic has actually increased our confidence that Pfizer’s vaccine is effective. As with any new drug or vaccine, there will be ongoing monitoring and reporting of side effects.

How long does protection against COVID-19 last once I receive the vaccine?
We do not know how long protection will last following vaccination. But further information from ongoing clinical trials will become public over time. In comparison, immunity to two similar coronaviruses, SARS and MERS, lasted at least 3 years.

Can I develop COVID-19 infection from the vaccine?
No, the vaccines in development do not contain active viruses, but only small fragments of the spike protein that allows the body to develop an immunity to the virus.  There is no chance of getting COVID-19 infection from these vaccines.

How do we build trust in the vaccines?
The link below is a thoughtful essay exploring 3 categories of vaccine attitudes, and how best to approach them. Contrary to popular belief, very few Americans actually oppose vaccines. For instance, only a tiny proportion of parents forgo vaccination for their children. Prior to the pandemic, vaccination rates were generally high and stable for very young children and those of school-entry age. Pockets of hesitancy remain and improvement is needed on some vaccines, but we should not confuse the visibility of a small number of anti-vaccine activists with sentiment toward vaccines in the broader population.
https://apple.news/A_acM_QqBRuSa3mSwvxaTuA

Should the vaccine be given to those previously infected with COVID?
Yes, data from clinical trials suggest the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and likely effective in people who were previously infected with the coronavirus, and vaccination should be offered to them, However, people with a current infection should not be vaccinated until a person has recovered, if they had symptoms, and if they’re clear to leave isolation. There’s no recommended minimum period between infection and vaccination, but since it appears reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection, vaccination could be delayed until near the end of that period.

Should the vaccine be given to pregnant women and children?
Currently, it is not approved for pregnant women or children under 16, although the FDA states that immunizations could be considered on an case-by-case basis for pregnant women. More studies will be forthcoming in these populations.

Does the COVID vaccine affect fertility?
No, it has no effect on fertility in women or men. This is an example of the many baseless claims promoted by anti-vaccine activists. For this reason, it is important to be skeptical of such claims that are widespread on social media.

Should we just give one dose of the vaccine to individuals in order to extend the supply to more people?
No, that is not recommended by the FDA. “From the FDA perspective, we would be recommending that people complete the two-dose series so we actually know that they’re truly protected at the rate of approximately 95% of efficacy.”

Can I finally stop wearing a mask after I get the vaccine?
No. For a couple reasons, masks and social distancing will still be recommended for some time after people are vaccinated.

To start, the first coronavirus vaccines require two shots; Pfizer’s second dose comes three weeks after the first and Moderna’s comes after four weeks. And the effect of vaccinations generally aren’t immediate.

But the main reason is that it is not yet known whether the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines protect people from infection entirely, or just from symptoms. That means vaccinated people might still be able to get infected, and even though they would have no symptoms, it may be possible they could pass the virus on. This is a theoretical concern, and like most things COVID, more information and clarity will come with further studies.

Messenger RNA technology is new. How do we know it is safe?
There are several reasons why we know mRNA technology is safe. First of all, mRNA vaccine technology is not entirely new. Human trials of cancer vaccines using the same mRNA technology have been taking place since at least 2011. ‘If there was a problem with the technology, we’d have seen it before now for sure,’

Secondly, mRNA vaccines do not alter your DNA. That idea is ‘completely false’ and has ‘no scientific basis’ or rationale for that to happen. Once the injected mRNA enters a human cell, it degrades quickly and only stays in the body for a couple of days. This is why .people need two injections to develop the best immune response.

Third, mRNA vaccines are very specific. They are designed to only trigger an immune response to the virus’s spike protein, which is just one component of the viral membrane and enables the virus to invade our cells.

Finally, corners were not cut in the clinical trials and approvals process. Vaccine trials take place in stages, starting with trials on animals, and then three trials on people. Safety issues that would affect significant numbers of vaccines mostly appear within two months. The process was faster than usual because researchers had already built an mRNA platform – a way of getting viral mRNA into the body – for cancer and other vaccines under trial. It meant this could be put into action as soon as the genomic sequence of the virus was shared.

From the Bellin Health System Organizational Update 12/17/20

Questions or concerns may be directed to Leah Wiegand at leah.wiegand@bellincollege.edu

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