To the Case Western Reserve Community:
As of last night, Case Western Reserve’s COVID-19 case count nearly doubled last week’s total.
Cuyahoga County’s cases per 1,000 have climbed by 49 percent over the past two weeks, and the nation’s 14-day increase is 31 percent.
Unfortunately, all indications are that this surge is only going to continue in the coming weeks.
Because of the university’s commitment to your health and well-being, we are now requiring that all members of the campus community document receipt of a booster dose no later than Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.
Please make every effort to be boosted by that deadline. However, if you are unable to secure a booster dose by then, you are expected to arrange to get one no later than Friday, Jan. 7.
You can find the vaccination clinic schedule between now and Dec. 22 on this calendar; the university will resume vaccination clinics on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Pharmacies across the country also are providing free booster doses.
If the timing of your original vaccination is such that you will not be eligible for a booster before Jan. 7, you are expected to submit confirmation of receiving a booster within three days of becoming eligible.
Finally, if you have a university-approved exemption for COVID-19 vaccinations, it also applies to this new measure. You do not need to take any additional steps.
We will provide the campus community additional information about the compliance process as soon as it is finalized, along with guidance regarding whom to contact if you still have questions. Our first priority was to make you aware of this requirement as soon as possible.
We appreciate all that you have done this semester to keep yourselves and one another safe this semester. With your continued efforts, we can continue to maintain a healthy campus in 2022.
Eric W. Kaler
Provost and Executive Vice President