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    Halloween Trunk-or-Treat

    by Ashley Henry -

    Centra College Trunk or Treat Image

    We are looking forward to a great turn out!  Join Us!  

    We also need lots of trunks with candy to make this possible, so sign-up (by Wednesday, October 20th at 5pm) using the link below if you'd like to do so.  Remember the best trunk gets a PRIZE!

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4BA5A72AA5FB6-hosa

    For any questions please contact meghan.staton@centrahealth.com.

    Happy Halloween!

    HOSA


    Spirit Week is Oct 25-29

    by Amy Patton -

    Hello students, faculty, and staff-

    The SGA is excited to announce the Spirit Week festivities for 2021.  The following is only for students attending class or lab at the college - it is also at the discretion of your instructors. Instructors will communicate directly with students if this is not an option for a particular day.  All clothing must be reasonable (keep dress code in mind).

    Please note- Clinical and simulation days require uniforms

    Monday (10/25)- pajama day (optional: anything but a backpack)

    Tuesday (10/26)- generations day or decade day

    Wednesday (10/27)- dress like an instructor day

    Thursday (10/28) - wacky tacky day

    Friday (10/29)- costume/hero  Day

    We plan to set up an area where you all can take pics together and post them to our FB page!

    Enjoy your fall break.

    Dr. Patton, SGA chair

    Kaplan Balances for 2nd, 3rd and 4th Semester Students

    by Carolyn Jennings -

    AD and PN 2nd, 3rd and 4th Semester Students Only

    Kaplan account balances were due on Oct 1st.

    We have received a list of Non-Paid Students for students in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th semester in the ADN and PN Programs.

    If your account has been deactivated already due to non-payment, you will need to call Kaplan Student Support Center at 1-877-572-8457 to pay via phone.  Please email StudentServices@centracollege.edu once you have paid.  Once payment is confirmed your name will be removed from the list of non-paid students.

    Thank you for your immediate attention.

    Student Accounts Office

     

    *** URGENT-COVID VACCINE INFORMATION***

    by Susan Burnette -

    Good Morning,

      As you all are aware the first dose of the COVID vaccine was due by October 1, 2021, and the entire series must be completed by November 1, 2021. As we approach the deadline for the entire vaccination series students who have not submitted either their proof of vaccine or an exemption will no longer be allowed to attend clinical after October 24th.

    Please open the attachment to this message to find the code (HHTMM-48662) you will need to enter in to Verified Credentials to upload your proof of vaccine. You cannot upload your vaccine without this code, or we will not be able to track your compliance. You do not need to create a new verified credentials account to enter this code. Once you log in you should see the box to enter the code at the top of your screen.

    If you are filing an exemption once you enter the code provided (HHTMM-48662), you will be able to find the documents you need to complete. For the exemption to be accepted you need to complete the Centra College form and sign it.

    The deadline for flu vaccines is quickly approaching (November 1st). If you are a Centra Employee and receive your vaccine through HealthWorks please make sure to ask for a paper record of your vaccine so that you may upload it to Verified Credentials.

    If you cannot find your login, password, have trouble uploading your proof of vaccine, or exemption please call 952.985. 7202 or 800.938. 6090.

    In the attachments to this annoucement there are screen shots to assist you in correctly uploading your COVID vaccine record.

    As always, if you have any questions please reach out.

     

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Burnette

    Student Health Nurse

    Susan.Burnette@centracollege.edu

    (434)200-7026


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    *** URGENT- COVID VACCINE INFORMATION***

    by Susan Burnette -

    Good Afternoon,

     As you all are aware the first dose of the COVID vaccine was due by October 1, 2021, and the entire series must be completed by November 1, 2021. As we approach the deadline for the entire vaccination series students who have not submitted either their proof of vaccine or an exemption will no longer be allowed to attend clinical.  

    Please open the attachment to this message to find the code you will need to enter in to Verified Credentials to upload your proof of vaccine.

    If you are filing an exemption once you enter the code provided, you will be able to find the documents you need to complete. For the exemption to be accepted you need to complete the Centra College form and sign it.

    The deadline for flu vaccines is quickly approaching (November 1st). If you are a Centra Employee and receive your vaccine through HealthWorks please make sure to ask for a paper record of your vaccine so that you may upload it to Verified Credentials.

    If you cannot find your login, password, have trouble uploading your proof of vaccine, or exemption please call 952.985. 7202 or 800.938. 6090.

     

    If you have any questions, please reach out.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Mrs. Burnette

    Susan.Burnette@centracollege.edu

     

    Student Health Nurse


    URGENT TIME SENSETIVE - COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 2021

    by Heather Gable -

    Hello Students,

    This is an urgent reminder that the October 1, 2021 deadline has passed.  It is critical that you upload your COVID vaccine or exemption documentation to VerifiedCredentials immediately.  At this time, you must upload a completed vaccination series or an exemption form, with proof of a negative COVID-19 test, no later than October 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM.  If proper documentation is not uploaded, you will not be permitted to attend clinicals until it has been completed. 

    Refer to the September 15, 2021 announcement for vaccine uploading instructions. 

    Thank you,

    Dr. Heather Gable, Dean

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    Hello Students!

    We hope that you all had a great summer, and we are thrilled to welcome you back to campus. As you know, COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Centra Health, Inc. has decided to require the COVID-19 vaccination for all Caregivers. The term 'Caregiver' includes Centra College students, faculty, and staff. We are sharing the communication that went out to all Caregivers at Centra Health, Inc. on Monday, August 16, 2021. Some additional information follows the announcement. However, logistics regarding vaccine clinics, COVID-19 testing, exemption forms, and uploading of documentation into VerifiedCredentials will be forthcoming. We are sharing this information so that you have an opportunity to start the vaccination series as soon as possible. Please read the following message carefully and thoughtfully.  

    Dear Caregivers,

    Our responsibility as Centra Caregivers is to deliver the best possible care to our community, whilst doing no harm.

    Over the last 18 months, we have experienced the challenges of COVID-19 on and in our community. For each and every of the last 501 days of dealing with COVID-19, we have made difficult decisions and constantly adjusted our aim to reflect the fluid dynamic that COVID-19 has and continues to present. As we go into the Fall, we face the epidemiological consequences of our local population who are approximately 40% vaccinated against the virus, a population of Centra caregivers where the vaccination rate is less than 60%, a spike in COVID-19 cases, and, furthermore with the Delta variant, a more virulent strain of the virus.

    It is in this context that we must consider how we continue to provide the highest quality care patients and visitors should and can expect of Centra, combined with a safe working environment that our Caregivers deserve. As such, Centra has decided to require that by midnight November 1st, 2021, all of our Caregivers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement aligns with Centra’s longstanding influenza vaccine requirement. We have prepared guidance on how to comply with this COVID-19 vaccine requirement, which guidance follows below.

    A decision of this magnitude must be and was taken based on scientific facts, data, and evidence, knowing that the vaccine is proven not only to be safe but also to be the single most effective tool in preventing the spread of this virus. Our decision was also taken after careful and deliberate consultations with our clinical colleagues, who have been at the forefront of those conversations, always prioritizing the safety of our patients and Caregivers. 

    We also worked diligently to invite diverse and representative groups from across our organization to share their perspectives. Those views were a guiding factor in the complex analysis resulting in our decision. Furthermore, we consulted with national, regional, and state healthcare officials, as well as received unanimous approval for the COVID-19 vaccine requirement from our three hospital Medical Executive Committees, the Centra Board of Directors, and the CEO Workgroup. 

    In closing, please know how impressed I have been and continue to be by Centra’s response to the pandemic; also, know how grateful I am, for the leadership that you will demonstrate in our health system and for our community, in your compliance with Centra’s vaccine requirements. 

    Yours sincerely,

    Richard Tugman

    Interim President and CEO

     

    What do you need to do?

    Timeline for Vaccination

    All Centra College students are encouraged to become vaccinated as soon as possible but will be required to be fully vaccinated no later than midnight November 1st, 2021. In order to meet this deadline, students must receive their first dose by October 1st, 2021.

    Education and Safety Information

    We recognize that some students who are not vaccinated are hesitant to do so due to uncertainty or personal safety concerns. You may visit the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine site for additional information in the link below. 

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html

    Proof of Prior Vaccination

    Students who have already received their vaccination will be required to confirm their vaccine status. Proof of prior immunization should be uploaded to VerifiedCredentials. Please upload the document to the ‘COVID-19 Vaccination’ field within your account or under the ‘other documents’ field.

     Exemption Guidance 

    Students who are not able to be vaccinated for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may request an exemption. Students are required to complete a Medical and/or Religious Exemption form(s) with supporting documentation.

    All religious exemption forms must be completed and uploaded to VerifiedCredentials by October 1st. Caregivers will be notified if their form is approved or denied and, if approved, of any restrictions they will be required to follow so long as they remain unvaccinated.

    All Medical Exemption Forms must be completed and uploaded to VerifiedCredentials by October 1st, 2021. Caregivers will be notified if their form is approved or denied and, if approved, of any restrictions they will be required to follow so long as they remain unvaccinated.

    All students granted an exemption approval will begin COVID testing beginning the week prior to the start date of any rotation on a Centra campus and continuing weekly for the duration of the rotation.

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