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Town Hall Meeting on Fall 2021 - Speaker view
Veda Richards
01:04:09
Will individuals need to provide proof of vaccination?
Lorraine Buckley
01:07:12
Is institutional travel allowed now interisland between San Juan and STT (MMES has faculty & students that are PR residents)?
Una Dyer
01:08:31
In response to the institutional travel comment, yes. The protocols on how that will be navigated is being finalized.
Camille McKayle | she/her
01:08:55
San Juan is not included in the in Territory travel. San Juan has to be guided by the out of Territory travel protocol.
Donna Nemeth
01:09:46
For in-person and hybrid learning, students need to be able to hear faculty in class clearly. To facilitate this, 1) can acrylic shields be installed in classrooms so faculty can remove masks, and 2) can UVI provide microphones with wireless connections so presenter can be heard by students on zoom/Videoconference, and in the classroom?
Sharlene Harris
01:11:36
2) can UVI provide microphones with wireless connections so presenter can be heard by students on zoom/Videoconference, and in the classroom?
Sharlene Harris
01:11:54
Yes...microphones are available for use in classrooms.
N. Washington
01:13:16
Shields are being installed in classrooms on the Albert A. Sheen Campus.
Rhonda Tonge
01:13:22
Will this remote working still be available for staff that has children at home since there is no vaccine for them as yet?
Veda Richards
01:14:44
Still waiting for a response to may proof of vaccination?
N. Washington
01:14:47
Shields are being installed in classrooms on the Albert A. Sheen Campus to provide social distance for the instructor.
Alyssa Frazer
01:14:58
will students have to be vaccinated to get back on campus
Camille McKayle | she/her
01:15:39
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nphFJVUI_ECJhY071BbpATCOGWVFsgJKhQ19Dy90nqdUNDNWTkswOEs2SzJRT0RJVVNPVjJLV1A2MS4u
Camille McKayle | she/her
01:15:51
Please fill out the poll in the chat.
Camille McKayle | she/her
01:16:00
This is anonymous.
Kathleen Dudemaine
01:16:04
When I was vaccinated at Dr. Franklin’s office, we were given CDC cards which (I think) can easily be shown to anyone who needs or wants to see them
Veda Richards
01:16:18
Based on information from CDC and SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management) the employers can ask for proof of vaccination.
Karon’s iPhone
01:16:28
Will next semester still be hybrid so whoever is not vaccinated will still be able to attend class online
Cindy
01:17:41
So we want our children to be required to need this unapproved vaccine before they can attend school?
Michelle Peterson
01:18:04
Will room capacities remain the same, or will they be increased?
David Wuinee
01:18:08
Classes will be in person beginning with the fall 2021 semester and we are encouraging all preparations begin for in person delivery of instruction
Sarai Hutchinson
01:18:17
For international students who had to leave campus during Spring 2020, do they have to reapply for a F-1 study visa if they wish to return to campus for Fall 2021?
Una Dyer
01:18:19
The semester will not be hybrid for unvaccinated persons
Stan Latesky
01:18:50
Re: Michelle Peterson's question, especially with respect to lab capacities
David Wuinee
01:19:20
For international students requiring Study Visa, please coordinate directly with Ms. Barry (on St. Croix) and Ms. Todman (on St. Thomas).
Shirley Lake King
01:19:35
The installation of barrier shields and distance markers has commenced in classrooms on the STT campus. We have also reached out to AAUP for additional guidance as the configuration of classrooms varies. We will continue the installation with input from the faculty and users of the spaces.
Kayla
01:19:52
Why is it mandatory for students that are going to be living in the Residence Hall to take an unapproved vaccine, despite all the issues that are now surfacing due to the vaccine?
David Wuinee
01:20:09
We are processing I-20's and issuing them to international students - we recognize that some Embassy's are not yet open, but we are providing alternative locations for the Visa interview.
Camille McKayle | she/her
01:20:12
In case you missed it, here is the poll question. Please respond once. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nphFJVUI_ECJhY071BbpATCOGWVFsgJKhQ19Dy90nqdUNDNWTkswOEs2SzJRT0RJVVNPVjJLV1A2MS4u
N. Washington
01:21:11
Room capacities will remain with 6-ft Social distancing per CDC guidelines.
Joanne Luciano
01:21:15
The survey did’t have had a comment field. The incentive will be more effective it is is aimed at respect of the individual needs / reasons in a case by case (or group by groups) basis. Perhaps the incentive is education, or reassurance, or ?
Good News Alex Randall
01:21:18
If faculty live off island, can we continue to use Zoom?
Wendy Coram Vialet
01:21:35
What if students have the antibodies? Are they required to take the vaccine?
Bill Bacon
01:22:14
Will UVI test for antibodies?
Samuel Gittens Jr.
01:22:36
So we are moving back to double room occupancy in the dorms that are usually double rooms ?
Derek koon
01:23:26
Are there any new rules concerning the dorms?
Cindy
01:23:45
Bribing us to take an unapproved & ineffective vaccine! Still can get C19, so what is the point! These crimes against humanity will not stand!
Donna Nemeth
01:24:00
Acrylic Shields will be added to lab rooms as well?
Una Dyer
01:24:13
The significant new rules concerning the dorms is the proposed mandatory vaccine requirement for residential students.
Una Dyer
01:24:26
Yes, the plan in the Fall is to return to double occupancy
Moriah Bass
01:24:38
we need trifolds in the chem and bio labs on STT
Stan Latesky
01:24:42
On both OEK and STT (regarding labs)
Timoya Hodge
01:24:48
Good afternoon. What about students who were unable to travel in order to get a student visa?
Kasem Thompson
01:25:39
How are new international students to navigate this period if classes are in-person but regional travel to attain F-1 Student Visas in Barbados is terribly hindered? Will provisions be made for them in this instance?
Stan Latesky
01:25:47
Are students at a minimum going to be required to get a negative antibody test?
Maritza DeCosta
01:25:50
How can we mandate an unapproved vaccination that does not protect you from COVID. We do not have sufficient data regarding long term effects. Even if employees travel and are vaccinated they still need to be tested because the vaccine does not protect you from COVID and its variants. A vaccinated person can still catch COVID and pass it to other persons. Vaccinated persons also need to continue using their masks and social distance.
CeoLuckett Jada
01:26:02
Will classes continue to be online if students cannot take vaccine ?
David Wuinee
01:26:33
US Homeland Security / Immigration will be issuing additional guidance about Embassy's and study visa's in the coming months. Our admissions team met with the Regional Representative yesterday and we are all planning - as are most other Colleges/Universities in the US - for a more traditional, in person semester.
Shirley Lake King
01:26:55
Labs on both OEK and AAS campuses will be outfitted with the necessary shields. We will conduct walkthroughs with the users to ensure their needs are met.
Stan Latesky
01:27:14
Thank your Shirley
Moriah Bass
01:27:44
Thank you about the trifolds. :) great news
Lorraine Buckley
01:27:48
In some chat messages above there are references to "unapproved" vaccines. Please clarify that ONLY APPROVED vaccines are being discussed today and administered in the territory.
Michelle Laudat
01:27:56
When will the guidelines for those who cannot take the vaccine (due to medical reasons, religious reasons and such) be available to view? Will this prohibit those persons from living on campus?
Stan Latesky
01:28:01
What about contact tracing also?
Dario Carbone
01:28:39
if rooms are still at limited capacity, most classes cannot be fully in person since not all students can fit in the rooms and labs.
Una Dyer
01:29:26
Classes will not be online to accommodate unvaccinated persons. All persons in the VI 16 years and older can get the vaccine. Across the US, access is expanding with similar requirements. Dr. Hall did share residential students who can't get the vaccine prior to on campus arrival that the University is developing a plan with Department of Health to ensure these students get immediate access to the vaccine.
Bill Bacon
01:29:58
I'm wondering about travel for off campus club activities?
Lorraine Buckley
01:30:01
What is the current and summer maximum number of participants in a university program activity that is held outdoors?
David Morris
01:30:16
My recollection is that some rooms had a capacity of zero from the fall survey for socially-distanced spacing. Can we request specific review of specific classrooms to determine capacity based on precautions (acrylic shields etc)? This will be important to doing in-person labs, especially.
Rhonda Tonge
01:30:24
Will this remote working still be available for staff that has children at home since there is no vaccine for them as yet?
Kristin Grimes, she/her
01:30:31
Is there any change in masking outdoors for activities with students?
Cindy
01:32:13
The states are open, everyone is acting on their own accord. If they want to wear a mask or take the vaccine that is up yo them, but those who do not are Free to choose. But small minds say don't compare to states. Other Caribbean islands are not doing this, Grand Cayman Island, the children are in school and masks are not required unless you want.
Cindy
01:32:53
If it is okay to reduce 6ft for children what is the difference for college!
Una Dyer
01:33:07
Any changes in masking outdoors will be done consistent with any CDC guidelines and updates
CeoLuckett Jada
01:36:01
For clarity .. if I don’t live on campus, have no antibodies, nor covid I will still need the vaccine ?
Ajahni Jeffers
01:36:11
Are nursing majors required to take the vaccination?
Maritza DeCosta
01:36:12
No COVID vaccines have been approved by the FDA.
Dalissa
01:36:42
I’ve read that people with severe allergic reactions should not take the vaccine, will this be considered a medical exception at UVI?
Janet King
01:36:46
Will all offices be equipped with Plexiglas by Fall?
Timoya Hodge
01:36:57
Good afternoon. What about students who were unable to travel in order to get a student visa?
Una Dyer
01:37:03
In the fall, remote work is expected to be limited and will have to addressed on a case by case basis, but generally not because the vaccine has not been approved for younger children
Veda Richards
01:38:04
The Moderna vaccine is at the Sport and Fitness Center on the Orville E. Kean Campus as of today.
LeAnn Horsford
01:38:21
What is the reason for no hybrid classes in the Fall if it worked well this semester?
Noreen M., USVI
01:38:23
The issue of herd immunity should be taken into consideration with respect to a final proposal to the board regarding vaccination requirement for students.
Una Dyer
01:39:04
If plexiglass is needed, please follow up with your supervisor for coordination with Physical Plant
Samuel Gittens Jr.
01:39:07
So can zoom still be an option for a class that worked well with it ?
Camille McKayle | she/her
01:39:35
Should the University require all students to be fully vaccinated: Y 85; No 202
Camille McKayle | she/her
01:40:06
Employees to be fully vaccinated: Yes 95; NO 194
Karla Williams
01:40:08
yes
Cindy
01:40:15
Bribes
Camille McKayle | she/her
01:40:26
Incentives for vaccinations: Yes: 164; NO 122
Una Dyer
01:41:08
No decision has been made in regards to a mandatory vaccine requirement for all students
Catharine Seabrookes Wilkinson
01:41:25
What is the status on the embassy an student visas for fall
Camille McKayle | she/her
01:41:27
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nphFJVUI_ECJhY071BbpATCOGWVFsgJKhQ19Dy90nqdUNDNWTkswOEs2SzJRT0RJVVNPVjJLV1A2MS4u
Camille McKayle | she/her
01:41:32
Poll
Cindy
01:41:52
A donut like krispy kream to further deteriorate our health!
Julie Cruz
01:41:53
how are air conditioning filtering and temp, in addition to ventilation being addressed to decrease the chances of the virus spreading
Cindy
01:42:06
Ok good listen to the cabinet!
Lorraine Buckley
01:42:18
Is UVI considering removing all required vaccinations for students?
iPhone
01:42:34
Vaccinations should not be required.
Dr. Nurse
01:42:39
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/moderna-covid-19-vaccine
Dr. Nurse
01:43:01
"On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the second vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The emergency use authorization allows the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older."
CeoLuckett Jada
01:43:04
It would hurt to know that I can’t go to school and get my education because of this vaccine
Moriah Bass
01:43:19
Great question Julie Cruz. In Chemistry and biology labs on STT campus we have had better air filters installed in the A/C systems thus far :) I hope things just get better and better :)
CeoLuckett Jada
01:43:29
Online options would help
Samuel Gittens Jr.
01:43:48
I agree that online should still be available
iPhone
01:43:53
This is so sad
Cindy
01:44:01
https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/stanford-university-disavows-study-claiming-masks-worthless-against-covid-19
N. Washington
01:44:02
HEPA filters are being utilized and changed quarterly.
LeAnn Horsford
01:44:14
I agree that online should be available
Donna Nemeth
01:44:19
If faculty have class sizes larger than their room capacity can hold, and they are meeting in cohorts, wouldn't this be called "Hybrid"? I just want to clarify what UVI is calling "in person"?
Shirley Lake King
01:44:21
Air conditioning systems have been evaluated and filters are being changed on a more frequent basis in line with the CDC guidanceZ
Veda Richards
01:44:31
As an incentive to get the vaccination, the University should consider paying an employees' health insurance premium for six months or contribute to the retirement program at the employee rate for six months.
Amber Packard
01:44:50
Thank you for helping to make the UVI working environment safe.
Terice Audain
01:44:51
online classes should still be available and also offering courses students need to graduate each semester.
Student Activities Center
01:44:58
I agree Veda and maybe a raise!
Noreen M., USVI
01:44:58
If there are incentives for persons not yet vaccinated, will those who are already vaccinated get those incentives, as well?
Stan Latesky
01:45:05
Please address hybrid issue... Ms Dyer emphatically said no but I believe this should be discussed further
Dr. Nurse
01:45:20
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions
Julie Cruz
01:45:34
in cases where an instructor test positive during the semester how will teaching occur
Dr. Nurse
01:45:36
"On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S."
Wendy Coram Vialet
01:45:37
I agree. The hybrid approach require further discussion.
Veda Richards
01:45:41
Yes, Dr. Micheal.
Samuel Gittens Jr.
01:45:42
Yeah the hybrid issue should be discussed further
iPhone
01:45:55
I agree online courses should be available so students can graduate. Students should not be forced to take any vaccine
Cindy
01:46:00
Will you accept risks if the vaccine is harmful to us, conditional acceptance!
Paul Jobsis (CMES)
01:46:30
Can groups of vaccinated employees meet in person?
Una Dyer
01:46:35
Stan: My "no" was in reference is whether because a student or was not vaccinated would that be a reason for a hybrid class.
Cindy
01:47:01
You can make us feel safe by being liable since the government ans vaccine manufacturers are not.
Stan Latesky
01:47:04
Thank you for the clarification Una... My apologies
Una Dyer
01:47:21
Clarifying: My "no" was in reference to a hybrid class because of not having a vaccine.
iPhone
01:47:21
I agree Cindy
Dr. Nurse
01:47:43
What are the hours that the vaccines are available on the AAS and OEK campuses?
Dannica Thomas
01:47:55
Vaccination should not be mandatory for anyone, employees and students. Those that choose to not be vaccinated, should be frequently tested, however - even, if it is at the expense of the individual.
Yudis Rodriguez
01:48:11
Thank you.
Dalissa
01:48:26
my question wasn’t answered
dlevons
01:48:47
Please clarify if employees and students who are travelling inter-island on UVI funding will have to be vaccinated. Thank you.
iPhone
01:49:05
Statistics says otherwise.CDC stated that vaccinated people can still contract the virus and spread to others.
Veda Richards
01:49:15
The CDC states that groups of people can meet, out doors without a mask if all is vaccinated. If any group wants to meet indoors, everyone should still wear a mask and stay 6ft apart. In other words, still meet virtually.
David Wuinee
01:49:20
i am here but unable to mute
Michelle Laudat
01:49:52
My question was not answered as well. When will the guidelines for those persons who cannot take the vaccine (for medical and religious purposes) be released for students/employees to review?
Leon Lafond
01:49:57
I believe that Dr. DeCosta made a valid point! These vaccinations are still in their experimental phases and have not yet been approved by the FDA. Please consider this with thanks.
N. Washington
01:50:33
Office Staff are recommending giving an award/prize for those vaccinated as oppose to an incentive.
Samuel Gittens Jr.
01:50:41
isn't there still a chance to get the virus even though you are vaccinated ?
iPhone
01:51:25
Please no mandatory shot I’ll have to quit school please
Paul Jobsis (CMES)
01:51:36
Samuel Gitten, yes there is a small chance. 5% of what it would be if you were not vaccinated.
joseph
01:51:41
Any word on the Tier 2Funds?
iPhone
01:51:45
I’ll teSt every day if needed
Jackie
01:51:54
I would be very surprised if our highly educated board make such a critical decision based on an "assumption"that this is the best decision.
Paul Jobsis (CMES)
01:52:11
Millions
Paul Jobsis (CMES)
01:52:17
200 million
Noreen M., USVI
01:52:18
Thank you, President Hall. It is really important to stress those points.
Dr. Nurse
01:52:30
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are approved by the FDA.
Leon Lafond
01:52:36
Yes Mr. Gittens, getting vaccinated does not mean you cannot get the virus. It will reduce your chances of getting it and you will still need to be socially distanced and follow protocols stipulated by the CDC and our local health officials.
Paul Jobsis (CMES)
01:52:37
Yes
Cindy
01:52:37
Ok buy currently no one is liable if it is harmful, so will the school, the board, the cabinet, you take liability if it is harmful?
iPhone
01:52:37
It is less reliable. You can still get covid even if vaccinated. The long term effects are unknown.
Dr. Nurse
01:52:46
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions
Kathleen Dudemaine
01:52:47
Thank you President Hall!
Samuel Gittens Jr.
01:53:03
In that case I do not agree on the double occupancy if I can still get the virus from the person living with me in the same room
Dr. Nurse
01:53:18
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/moderna-covid-19-vaccine
Wendy Fedler
01:53:21
Thank you, Dr. Hall. I hope everyone who has not yet been vaccinated will strongly consider it.
iPhone
01:53:26
Just because it’s right don’t mean every one should be gourde to do it
Cindy
01:53:40
Does not prevent, can still get it, what is the use.
Dalissa
01:53:49
I’m here
CeoLuckett Jada
01:53:56
Tier 2 funds ?
Maritza DeCosta
01:54:00
https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download#page=2
Kathleen Dudemaine
01:54:02
But you won’t die.
Dalisa Todman
01:54:32
Dalissa wanted to u mute not me.
iPhone
01:54:40
So what’s the sense if you can still get covid.
Dalisa Todman
01:54:41
U sent the request to the wrong person
Jackie
01:54:48
Cindy I agree, and for that reason there is no ground for mandatory vaccination. Please, leave the decision to the individual.
Paul Jobsis (CMES)
01:54:55
Yes, some vaccines have been shown 100% effective against death by COVID
Maritza DeCosta
01:54:59
https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download#page=2
Wendy Fedler
01:55:15
Because if you do get COVID after the vaccine, you are significantly less likely to end up in the hospital or die.
Alyssa Frazer
01:55:22
you wont be in the hospital struggling to live so might as well have it
iPhone
01:55:30
Medical and Religious exceptions should be taken into consideration.
Cindy
01:55:41
The "Patented virus" survival rate is in the 95%
Dazonte Mathurin
01:55:53
It should be noted that adverse effects are lower (when you have the vaccine) if it's the same strain. For newer or different strains, it is believed that the vaccine may actually elicit a worse effect.
Dr. Nurse
01:56:48
https://www.facebook.com/virginislandsDOH/videos/dr-tai-hunte-ceasar-explains-how-the-covid-19-vaccines-work-call-340-777-8227-to/425469295424996/
joseph
01:56:52
Tier 2 Funds ?
Alyssa Frazer
01:56:52
so from the new strains are worse would you rather have your insides turn to liquid and be sick months after you actually have it
Moriah Bass
01:56:57
iPhone, yes around 5% of people who got the shot will not have any antibody response to the vaccine and thus if they are exposed to a covid + person they run the risk of getting the virus .. but the other roughly 95% of people who got the shot are safe. having a 95 % chance of protection is pretty good. Further, some of those that have had covid 19 and then live with lingering sickness found that after receiving the vaccine their ill feelings began to resolve.
iPhone
01:58:37
So many adverse reactions to the vaccines. Please I want to attend school again without being forced or constantly coerced into getting the vaccine. If vaccinations are available then people should have a choice to choose to do so. Totally up to the individual.
Samuel Gittens Jr.
01:59:03
yeah it should not be forced
Bill Bacon
01:59:04
SO what are the mask requirements?
Paul Jobsis (CMES)
01:59:52
This was helpful. Thank you.
Moriah Bass
01:59:55
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168851021000853
Camille McKayle | she/her
02:00:01
Should the University require all students to be fully vaccinated? Yes 132; No 246.Should the University require all employees to be fully vaccinated? Yes: 143; No 234Yes 143No 2353.Should the University provide incentives for employees and students to be vaccinated, though not require vaccination?.Single choice.Should the University provide incentives for employees and students to be vaccinated, though not require vaccination? Yes 203; No 171
David Wuinee
02:00:17
Living in the residence hall is an option and the choice is left up to the individual - only requirement at this time being proposed for planning is vaccination to be in residence
Jackie
02:00:23
Please address the liability question asked earlier.
i ain’t coming uvi
02:00:25
I AM NOT RETURNING!
Veda Richards
02:00:43
I encourage everyone to still wear your mask and stay 6feet apart if you are not sure about others.
Tyler Valmont
02:00:50
Promise?
Michele Guannel
02:00:55
thanks!