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Is COVID-19 still around at Mohawk? Here’s what you need to know

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People wait outside of a bus to receive COVID-19 vaccines
The Vaxx Bus went to the Stoney Creek Campus to give out COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

After a long two years of on-and-off-again COVID-19 restrictions, Mohawk College students are roaming the halls again.

Students no longer need to do daily screenings or wear masks in school. However, the pandemic isn’t quite over.

Despite the lack of attention to new cases and information regarding COVID-19, new cases are being confirmed daily. According to The City of Hamilton’s website, there have been roughly 66,000 COVID-19 cases in the city since the pandemic began, with 98 active cases as of Wednesday, Oct. 5. Vaccines are still being distributed and people are encouraged to receive their booster doses.

Although mask and vaccine mandates are over, Mohawk College still encourages students to take extra care in protecting themselves from COVID-19. Personal protective equipment is still available on campus and hand sanitizer dispensers can be found all over the school.

Students looking to receive their booster vaccines can receive doses at pop-up clinics. Mohawk College is administering various vaccines, including those for COVID-19, under Public Health Ontario funding, meaning that students without an Ontario Health Card or Guard.Me insurance can receive vaccines. The latest clinic was the Vaxx Bus that visited Mohawk College’s Stoney Creek campus. At the Vaxx Bus, students and residents were able to receive their first or second dose, along with both bivalent and regular boosters.

Person exiting Vaxx Bus after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
The Vaxx Bus offered vaccines to students and Stoney Creek residents.

“By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself and avoid spreading preventable diseases to other people in your community,” nurse supervisor Denise Balice said. “Some people cannot get certain vaccines because they are too young or too old. Or they have a weakened immune system and other health conditions. Those people are less likely to catch a preventable disease [like COVID-19] when you and others around them are vaccinated against it.”

The Health and Wellness Centre also offers COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits for students. Testing regularly is an important part of keeping yourself and others safe. Balice says vaccines and rapid antigen tests will continue to be provided based on Public Health criteria and eligibility.

Rapid antigen test kit
Rapid antigen test kits can be found at the Health and Wellness Centre in room C109.

Some students say that being on a restriction-free campus is like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders.

“I think being back on campus is extremely important for us students to be successful,” Mohawk College student Makayla Wallace said. “Especially in my program, where it’s hands-on, and that’s where all my skills are better grasped. Being back on campus makes life feel somewhat normal and I noticed a change in my mental health.”

To learn more about ways you can stay safe on campus, email healthservices@mohawkcollege.ca

 

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