From the desk of President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
From the desk of President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
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 from the desk of
President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
February 10, 2021

Greetings Coppin Community:

Based on all of the available evidence provided by various local, state, and federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), and other health agencies, I am confident in supporting the COVID-19 vaccination efforts. I believe that taking the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from contracting the disease. 

That’s why, as soon as I am eligible to receive the vaccination, I will be in line to take advantage of the opportunity to protect myself and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Under guidance received from the University System of Maryland (USM), certain CSU employees are now eligible for the state’s priority COVID-19 vaccine distribution under Phase 1C. While frontline workers remain a priority, newly eligible CSU employees are those who are regularly on campus in the following positions and departments:

Housekeeping
Dining Halls 
Residence Life
Facilities Maintenance 
Health Centers 
Public Safety 
Campus Transportation 
Faculty 
Employees providing in-person education or student support services
Employees with potential contact with students living in residence halls
Employees who require on-campus housing 

In addition, all Marylanders age 75 and older, all healthcare workers, and other groups previously identified under Maryland’s vaccination plan, are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage all CSU employees and students to register for a vaccine according to their earliest eligibility status.

Our Helene Fuld School of Nursing (HFSON), in partnership with Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), is providing free COVID-19 vaccinations for those CSU faculty, staff, and students who meet the criteria. The vaccines will be administered on the campus of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). 

The HFSON team is working, collaboratively, with the BCHD to notify eligible members of the CSU community. 

Please, keep in mind that delivery of vaccines are unpredictable at this time, and vaccine supply has not kept up with demand—so it will likely take patience and persistence before you are able to make your appointment and receive the vaccine. However, knowing whether you qualify, now, is the first step.

Information About the Vaccine
To ensure that the Coppin community remains fully informed about vaccination options, a supplemental CSU COVID-19 Vaccine information webpage has been developed and can be accessed at https://www.coppin.edu/homepage/2068/covid-19_vaccine_information. 

Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine an also be found at http://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/covid-19-vaccine-information.

CSU’s campus liaisons to the BCHD are Dr. Danita Tolson, CSU BSN chairperson, who can be reached at dtolson@coppin.edu, and Dean Tracey L. Murray, who can be reached at tmurray@coppin.edu.

We will continue to provide regular updates regarding the COVID-19 virus and vaccine, on the CSU website. Thank you for your persistence in showing the world the resilience of the Coppin State University community. 

I look forward to seeing all of you, in person, soon. Let’s get to this finish line, together.

Take care. Mask up. And remain Coppin Strong!



Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
President
Coppin State University
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