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COVID-19 Update | Five Things, October 14, 2021


Dear Members of the Campus Community:

Here are this week’s five things you need to know about Fordham’s COVID-19 precautions, vaccinations, and University operations. Please see the COVID-19 Guidelines on the web for detailed information:

  • In the last 14 days, 41 members of the University community tested positive for COVID-19, as listed on the University dashboard.
  • To date there has been one possible case of COVID-19 transmission from students to staff (in Student Affairs): the vast majority of cases are among students living in residence halls or off-campus housing.
  • The New York City Department of Health has issued guidelines on COVID-19 booster shots. Fordham faculty and staff qualify under the eligibility guidelines in point two, and are strongly encouraged to receive the booster.
    • The following people are now eligible for a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine, if they received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago:
      • People 65 or older
      • People 18 to 64 and either have an underlying medical condition or a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure due to their job (for example, health care workers) or where they live or frequently visit (for example, a homeless shelter)
      • People living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
    • You will only be able to get a Pfizer booster shot if you received a second Pfizer dose at least six months ago. There are no exceptions to this restriction.
  • The holidays are almost here, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines to help you navigate holiday travel and gatherings.
  • It is impossible to overstate the importance of wearing a mask in all indoor public spaces at all times. Doing so dramatically reduces the possibility of transmitting and receiving the COVID-19 virus. (The only exceptions to masking requirements are for individuals alone in a room, or in their residence hall apartment, or bedroom, and while eating or drinking.)

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Marco Valera
Vice President for Administration & COVID-19 Coordinator


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