Faculty and Staff - October 11, 2021

Dear Colleagues:

I would like to thank those of you who voluntarily responded to a recent COVID-19 vaccination status survey. The results will help us now determine Winthrop’s response with regard to the need for additional vaccine clinics and/or COVID-19 testing opportunities for employees. 

I wanted to share with you the survey results because I think you’ll agree with me that we’re on the right track.

The 549 survey respondents identified as the following: 236 staff/225 faculty/70 adjuncts/18 temporary staff. Approximately 53 percent of all faculty and staff responded to the survey.

Of those who responded, 93.7 percent indicated that they had been vaccinated. I am very impressed with that number, and I appreciate your diligence to ensuring that you, your family members and our campus remain healthy. As I also indicated in the survey e-mail, approximately 68 percent of our entire student body is vaccinated.

In regards to the survey, 89.9 percent of respondents indicated that they would get the COVID-19 booster shot when it is available to them, which is again another layer of protection for you and our campus. I just recently received my booster shot and encourage you to do so as soon as you are able.

If you would like to get your Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot (only if you completed the two dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech at least six months before the booster) or if you would like to start the vaccination process, there will be another free, on-campus vaccination clinic on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in McBryde Hall. The clinic will offer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as well as the Pfizer booster shot. No pre-registration is required. All you need to do is walk in and get your shot!  Just bring your driver’s license (or other approved picture ID) and your vaccine record card (if you are receiving your second or booster shot).

Again, I want to thank you for responding to the survey because it gives us a good idea of how protected we are as a campus community. Thank you for doing your part to keep our campus healthy. 



George W. Hynd
Interim President