previous COVID-19 infection or vaccination offers complete protection from transmitting the virus.As was the case in the fall, students are required to sign the Yale Community Compact, and faculty and staff must adhere to the new Statement of Expectations. Please take a moment to review carefully Yale health guidelinesas well. As states across the nation—including Connecticut—contend with high levels of infection and with the emergence of a more infectious strain of COVID-19, we must take more care than ever in preventing the spread of the virus.Distributing COVID-19 vaccinesPublic health experts estimate that it could be months before there will be enough vaccines to immunize the vast majority of people. Therefore, the State of Connecticut is requiring that we take a phased approach to vaccinations, beginning by vaccinating certain groups, such as healthcare personnel and those older than a specified age.Our colleagues from Yale Health and the Office of Facilities have converted the Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium into a vaccination center for the Yale community. When you are eligible to be vaccinated, you will receive an email invitation from MyChart. I urge you to accept that invitation, schedule an appointment, and get vaccinated. Learn about your eligibility and options, including other ways to get vaccinated, by visiting the Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Programwebsite.Remember that although the vaccines are extremely effective in preventing illness, they may not control the transmission of the virus until a substantial portion of the broader community is inoculated. Thus, we must continue to follow the usual health guidelines even after we are vaccinated. Doing so protects ourselves and our friends, colleagues, students, and neighbors.Continuing to monitor public health conditionsOther university leaders and I will continue to monitor the spread of the virus, the emergence of new federal and state regulations, and scientific and medical developments. As always, we will post any updates at the university’s COVID-19 website, and I urge you to read carefully the weekly messagefrom Dr. Stephanie Spangler, Yale’s COVID-19 coordinator.I approach the spring semester with gratitude for the ways faculty, students, and staff have realized Yale’s mission while safeguarding one another’s health. So far in this pandemic, members of the Yale community contributed to the development of COVID-19 tests and vaccines, brought scholarship and data to the dialogue on national and state policies, addressed health disparities, found new ways to teach and learn, and served our friends and neighbors who are in need. We must carry on this work in the spring term while fulfilling our responsibility to the public’s health.
Your demonstrated resilience and commitment to the commonweal provides confidence for the coming months. Together we will ensure that Yale remains a place of optimism and ingenuity, where students, faculty, and staff make essential contributions to knowledge, innovation, and quality of life.With best wishes for a happy and healthy new semester,Peter SaloveyPresidentJanuary 25, 2021Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology***IMPORTANT INVITATION***FROM ROBERT BONDS, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR YALE CLUBSSubject:Webinar with President Salovey and trustees next TuesdayTo: Yale Club presidents and vice-presidents in FloridaFriends,Greetings from snowy downtown New Haven! I wanted to let you know that a broadcast e-mail will be going out tomorrow to all alumni in Florida to announce a special “Update from Yale” Zoom webinar to be presented next week especially for alumni in Florida. In this session, to be held at 3pmon Tuesday, March 2,President Salovey will bring us an update from campus to discuss the university’s academic priorities, Yale’s ongoing response to Covid-19, the state of Yale’s schools, the role of the Yale Board of Trustees in university leadership, and the board’s strategic planning for the next decade. With these themes in mind, he will then be joined by trustees Catharine (Cappy) Bond Hill ’85 PhD and Charles (Chip) Goodyear ’80 to answer questions. The session will be hosted by Elaine Gustafson ’86 MSN, immediate past president of the Yale Club of the Suncoast and a current member of the YAA Board of Governors.