Booster Clinic and Testing Changes — November 5, 2021

Dear St. Catherine Community,

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keeping our campus community healthy. We have not seen any community transmission or cluster outbreaks this fall, indicating that our mitigation efforts continue to be effective. 

As we move into the second half of the semester, please make note of the following:

 

On-Campus COVID-19 Booster Clinic: November 9

The Health and Wellness Clinic will be providing Moderna vaccine booster doses to eligible students, faculty, and staff (see below for eligibility information) on Tuesday, November 9. Appointments can be made through the patient portal. Once you log in:

  1. Select “Appts” from the navigation bar
  2. Choose “Immunization(s) needed” and click “Submit”
  3. Choose “MODERNA COVID VACCINE BOOSTER” and click “Submit”
  4. Click on November 9 in the calendar and select your preferred appointment time from the options available
Eligibility:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends COVID-19 vaccination boosters as follows:

  • For those that completed the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series — individuals who fall into one of the following categories are eligible to receive a booster six months following their initial series:
    • 65 years or older
    • Age 18 and older who live in long-term care settings
    • Age 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions
    • Age 18 and older who work or live in high-risk settings
  • For those that received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine — individuals 18 and older are eligible to receive a booster two months following their initial dose.

Eligible individuals have the option to receive the same vaccine type or choose one of the other available. Additional details can be found here.

At this time, booster doses are not required to be considered fully vaccinated and are therefore not required as part of the University’s vaccination requirement. 

 

Testing Availability

We are nearing the end of our supply of free saliva PCR tests issued from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), which will result in some changes to our on-campus COVID testing options. Beginning November 15, testing will be available as outlined below.

Asymptomatic Testing:

Individuals who are not displaying COVID-19 symptoms, are being tested for surveillance purposes, and/or are getting tested for travel should plan to utilize one of the following options:

  • On campus testing provided by Curative will be available in the CdC on the dates noted below. Samples will be collected using an anterior nasal swab and results should be available 48-72 hours after the specimen arrives at the lab. Costs will be billed to insurance, so anyone utilizing this testing resource should bring their insurance information.
    • Testing will be available in the ballroom on:
      • November 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
      • November 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
      • December 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   
      • December 3 from 7:30 a.m. to noon 
      • December 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
      • December 15 from 7:30 to 11 a.m.
      • December 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Schedule an appointment 
      • NOTE: Appointments for November 17 and 19 can be scheduled now; December dates will be available to book (via the same link) within the next week.
  • At home testing kits are currently available at no cost through the Minnesota Department of Health. Once you order, a Vault saliva PCR test will be delivered to you and can be completed via Zoom. Instructions and shipping supplies are included with the kit. 
    • Completed, packaged samples can be dropped at the St. Kate’s post office for pick up by UPS each weekday.
    • Order a test kit
  • Additional testing options are available off campus, including at the state of Minnesota's free Community Testing sites. Testing providers, such as pharmacies and clinics, can also be found through the state’s Find Testing Locations map.
Symptomatic Testing:

Testing for those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be available by appointment in the Health and Wellness Clinic. These appointments, which include an office visit with a provider, can be scheduled via the patient portal and will be billed to insurance.

 

Holiday Guidance

As you make plans for the holidays, we encourage you to review the CDC’s guidance for holiday celebrations and gatherings and consider testing 72 hours before visiting those who may be at higher risk.

 

Sincerely,

Safely Returning to Campus Committee Co-Chairs
Amy Kelly, MD, MPH, Director, Health and Wellness Clinic
Matt Goodwin, PhD, Associate Provost for Student Affairs
Pat Pratt-Cook, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion