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Vaccines, Vigilance & Finishing the Academic Year

Note: This is dated information and may not reflect the current policies in place on campus. Please refer to We Are WPI for the latest information.

April 14, 2021

This message was sent to the WPI community.

Next week will mark the halfway point for D-Term and the last few weeks of spring semester. We are close to the finish line, and as we approach this important milestone, we do so with growing hope. 

As of next Monday, April 19, our entire community will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Massachusetts is urging anyone who lives, works, or studies in the state to get vaccinated as soon as possible. While WPI will not be receiving any doses of vaccine to administer in the coming months, you can preregister for appointments at mass vaccination or specific regional collaborative locations, or sign up at certain pharmacies, community health centers, and health care providers; a search by zip code will help you find a convenient location. 

The best vaccine is the first one you can get, and here’s why: 

Last month I shared that WPI is planning for a return to in-person learning, teaching, and working in the fall of 2021 and will do so, as always, guided by science and data. In order to do this, we are counting on the vast majority of our community to be vaccinated. So please, everyone who can get a COVID-19 vaccination, do so as soon as you are able to do so.

There is now light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to wider availability of vaccines, but we are still in the tunnel. 

In addition to getting vaccinated, it is important to note that the virus is still present at relatively high levels in the Northeast. So, as much as we might want to, we cannot let down our guard over these closing weeks of the academic year. Even as vaccinations become more prevalent among our community members, we must all continue to adhere to such public health protocols as mask-wearing and social distancing while more of our colleagues and friends become vaccinated. 

WPI has been able to get this far only because we have worked together to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus, and because we have held each other to high standards of personal responsibility. That collaboration, and that responsibility, must continue right through the rest of the academic year.

As we head toward fall, it is exciting to plan for more in-person learning and activities! As always, we will keep you posted on any new developments—including plans for vaccination documentation, fall testing protocols, and the like—and we encourage you to check We Are WPI frequently.

President Leshin