COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters (11/2/21)

Dear Pomona College Community,

The College continues to follow public health guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and vaccination, testing and masks remain key safety measures for our community.

In recent days. the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that certain populations receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Similarly, the Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines to allow for boosters.

According to the CDC, the following individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a booster shot 6 months or more after their initial series: 

  • 65 years or older; 
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings; 
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions; and
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings (this includes education). 

The CDC is also recommending that anyone 18 or older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine receive a booster after two or more months from the initial dose.

The CDC notes that “eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose” thus allowing for a mix-and-match approach.

We are so proud that nearly 100% of our students and almost 98% of our faculty and staff are fully vaccinated. Vaccines remain the most effective way to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our community safe.

We strongly encourage all members of our community to receive a booster when eligible. If you have any questions, please contact your nearest pharmacist or your physician.

We are not at this time requiring booster shots for students, faculty or staff.  That said, at some point soon we will ask members of our community to let us know when you have received the booster, so please save all relevant documentation and we will get back to you with next steps.

Finally, we are approaching cold and flu season. According to the CDC, flu vaccines are the best way to reduce your risk of getting a seasonal flu.  All students are required to receive a flu vaccine. We also urge all faculty and staff to obtain a flu vaccine as soon as practical. Flu vaccines are widely available at local pharmacies.

 

Best,

Rob Goldberg
VP, COO and Treasurer

Brenda Rushforth
AVP, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer