Fourth Week Message for Students

21 April 2021

Dear Carls,

This week, we are hosting two on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinics that we expect will be our final first-dose clinics for the academic year. Demand for vaccination appointments has slowed significantly within our community, and we are now turning our focus toward ensuring we have accurate data and documentation on this measure. If you haven’t yet received a vaccine—or if you haven’t reported your vaccination to the college—please pay special attention to the relevant sections below. 


Last week, Carleton administered 780 tests for COVID-19 and recorded 2 new cases of the virus within our on-campus community. As a result, among the College’s threshold measures, our 14-day infection rate is 0.70%, our surveillance testing positivity rate is 0.14%, and the average number of close contacts per case is 8. The campus action level is Level 2: Medium. Detailed data for the week of Sunday, April 11, through Saturday, April 17, is available on the dashboard. The dashboard is updated every Monday.


All students are eligible to participate in vaccination clinics at Carleton.  Today’s Pfizer clinic was at full capacity.  There are still openings for tomorrow’s Moderna clinic at the Rec Center. Appointments are available on Thursday, April 22, between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register online.


Currently, 60% of Carleton community members have reported receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This calculation includes the total Carleton population (both on campus and remote) using information that is voluntarily reported to the College. The vaccination rate is updated every Monday on the dashboard.


All students—including those learning remotely this term—should report their vaccination to Carleton using the Vaccine Documentation Form. You should do this as soon as possible after receiving your first dose. Students who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine in the event of exposure to a positive case.


We have received many questions from students looking to receive only their second dose of a vaccine through Carleton. If you received your first dose in Minnesota, we continue to ask that you return to the same vaccination site for your second dose. This is due to the way vaccines are allocated in the state; second doses are automatically shipped to the provider who administered the first dose, and when people don’t return to that site for their second dose, the burden is placed on the provider to redistribute the second dose. If you received your first dose out of state, please complete the Assistance Request Form to receive an email every weekday from SHAC Care Coordinator Rachel Morrison with information about vaccine locations in the area for your specific vaccine type.

Stay safe.

Dean Livingston