Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

On Monday, Ohio began Phase 2D, which makes the COVID-19 vaccine available to people ages 16 and older. Locally, there are multiple sites currently offering the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots to eligible people regardless of their citizenship or residency.

This is great news for our campus, as students who are interested in obtaining the vaccine are qualified. Please remember, students under age 18 must have a guardian’s legal consent and are limited to the Pfizer option. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is working with colleges and universities to access the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine so students who wish to be vaccinated can do so before the end of spring semester. We have connected with Memorial Health System for assistance, as well.

Anyone who would like to schedule a vaccine appointment can use the Vaccine Finder site to locate available appointments: https://vaccinefinder.org/.

Becky Jones, Interim Director of Nursing at Marietta-Belpre Health Department, reached out to the College to offer employees an opportunity to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at the MBHD from 1:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 7th. The clinic is located at 304 Putnam St. in Marietta. They will be administering first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine. We are also encouraging local students who are interested in getting the vaccine to consider this option as well, especially if you will be available to return for the second dose approximately four weeks later. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins will also be accepted. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 740.373.0611.

Locally, vaccination appointments can also be made online through the following links:

Students who live on campus should use their campus address when scheduling appointments. After signing up online, a scheduler will call the number you provided — so it is important to answer call from numbers you do not recognize. Also, be sure to safeguard your vaccination card and take photos of the front and back of the card.

Though the vaccine is becoming readily available to communities, it is imperative that we continue to follow CDC guidelines and the Marietta College Cocktail of properly wearing facemasks, washing and sanitizing hands, maintaining safe physical distances, monitoring for symptoms before interacting with others, and seeking medical guidance if experiencing symptoms. We will continue to follow our current visitor policy through the end of the semester and I encourage anyone who wants to be tested to take advantage of the free tests provided by the Ohio National Guard every Tuesday.

You can track Marietta College’s COVID-19 numbers daily on our site.

With many celebrating the Passover and Easter holidays, as well as making plans for summer, I want to share with you the College’s updated Travel Guidelines. We will follow the CDC guidance on travel, which includes facemasks, handwashing, safe physical distancing and monitoring for symptoms, as well as other measures that can be found at https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

We are in the final month of the semester, and I cannot express how impressive our students and employees have performed throughout this unusual academic year. Soon, we will be celebrating our spring graduates and welcoming a well-deserved summer break. I know you will continue to work hard, but I also encourage you to take care of your physical and mental health. Reach out to the Center for Health and Wellness if you need medical or counseling services.

As always, keep up the great work!

Bring Forth a Pioneer!  

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management