Lubbock Christian University

Vaccines

Lubbock Christian University encourages all eligible persons to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Stats for the LCU Campus
(as of Monday, May 24, 2021 at 8 a.m.)

Current/Active Reported case count: 1

University leadership continues to implement protocols to keep the LCU community as safe as possible for face-to-face instruction. Decisions are made on these three tenets:

  • We will use evidence-based research to make decisions.
  • We will lean on the guidance of local, state, and federal resources.
  • We will always be led by our own Christ-centered mission as we establish appropriate standards.

While we will not be able to eliminate every risk factor, we are working hard to make the campus as safe as possible. Following health protocols is everyone’s responsibility and creates a caring environment where we are all doing our part to help keep our community healthy. Every facet of campus life is being examined to provide for your safety and wellness. A general overview of protocols can be found below. Continue to monitor this site for regularly updated protocols and educational resources.

Updated Scheduling

After much fact gathering and considering the interaction between mental and physical health/well-being of our students, staff, and faculty, the Senior Leadership Team for the university, in conjunction with the LCU COVID Response Team, has released the following information regarding university schedules.  All persons planning to engage in campus activities are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Lubbock Christian University policy states “Public health situations may arise for which federal, state, or local health authorities determine institutional action may be warranted. In such cases, the university will implement applicable guidance provided by health authorities, when feasible and consistent with the mission and values of LCU.” The guidance and protocols below are currently in effect in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are subject to change as circumstances warrant.

Summer 2021

The Summer 2021 academic sessions and summer camps are being held as scheduled considering federal, state, and local health guidelines.

Beginning Fall 2021

LCU is committed to face-to-face instruction and returning as closely as possible to pre-COVID protocols.

Community Declaration

Lubbock Christian University is a Christ-centered, academic community of learners, transforming the hearts, minds, and hands of students for lives of purpose and service. Part of the transformation of our hearts includes how we live with, and among, our fellow members of the Lubbock Christian University community. By participating in campus life, each LCU student and employee accepts the risks inherent therein during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will put the interests of our fellow LCU community members, those with whom we live, learn, and work, before our own. We accept personal responsibility to wear a face covering, practice proper hygiene (e.g., hand washing), and social distancing per established guidelines. As a community who follows the path of Jesus, we agree to put the well-being of others ahead of our own.

Summary of Current Campus Protocols

Information as of June 3, 2021

Background perspective on vaccines

  • We are approaching the 60-year anniversary of Dr. Jonas Salk announcing the successful testing of a vaccine to prevent poliomyelitis, the invisible virus affecting nearly 60,000 Americans and resulting in approximately 3,000 deaths annually (https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/salk-announces-polio-vaccine)
  • This landmark discovery would put an end to the need for iron-lungs and a lifetime of affliction of polio patients, including U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and usher in an era in which the “miracle” of vaccination would save hundreds of thousands from disease and premature death.
  • The historic accelerated development of safe and effective vaccinations for COVID-19 is unprecedented and made possible by advances in the human genome, technology and global scientific collaboration.

Facts about COVID-19 vaccine reactions

  • COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested and are safe and effective.
    • The most common side effect is local (the skin around the shot site) redness, swelling and irritation.
    • A bit of fever, fatigue, headache and body aches for one or two days after, similar to what is experienced with the flu vaccine, occur in more than half of those immunized (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/moderna/reactogenicity.html)
    • A very small percentage (about 1.1 in 1,000,000) people will have a serious, anaphylaxis-type response to the inactive ingredient used to manufacture the vaccine; however, all of these completely recovered without the need for significant medical intervention.
    • Generally, past serious allergic reactions to vaccines are the primary reason for not being vaccinated in the future and individuals should confer with their health care provider for questions on whether they should be vaccinated.

What next

  • As the vaccines become more widely available it is important that individuals who are eligible take the COVID-19 shot.
  • Fully vaccinated persons can generally refrain from quarantine and testing if they do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 after contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Wide-spread vaccination and/or immunity from having been infected is how the pandemic will end and allow a return to safely return to life as normal.
  • While we wait for the increased uptake of the vaccine, continuing mitigation practices will help to keep our communities, nation, and world as safe as possible.

BIG POINT

  • Sign up to take the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible, continue to mitigate and take a moment to thank God for the life-saving development of an effective vaccine against COVID-19 (and for the pioneering work of Dr. Jonas Salk while you are at it).
  • Feel free to ask questions of your health care team and the COVID-19 Task force as we work together to get our community vaccinated and can once again enjoy the benefit of being together without restrictions.
  • According to public health guidelines, students, faculty, and staff should wash their hands often and supplement that with using hand sanitizer.
  • Wearing a face covering which covers the mouth and nostrils entirely is recommended for unvaccinated faculty, staff, students, and campus guests while in campus buildings and while in proximity to others in outdoor spaces.
  • Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff should observe social distancing of at least 3 feet whenever possible.
  • Indoor community spaces, in general, may have reduced occupancy limits to provide for adequate distancing.
  • Quarantine is the term used for secluding yourself from others after having been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • The City of Lubbock Health Department, with the assistance of the LCU Medical Clinic or other trained contact tracers, will determine who has been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 and thus needs to be quarantined. In general, you will be deemed to have been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 if you have been with them in either one of the following ways during the time beginning 48 hours before their symptoms onset until they are released from isolation: 
    • You live in the same house, apartment, or residence hall room.
    • You have been within six (6) feet of that person, with either of you unmasked, for at least 15 minutes.
  • Isolation is the term used for secluding yourself away from others while sick with COVID-19.
  • Information about Quarantine and Isolation protocols can be found here.
  • Fully vaccinated persons may generally refrain from quarantine and isolation if they do not have COVID-10 symptoms.
  • Unvaccinated employees exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are to avoid campus, seek medical attention, and contact their supervisor.
  • Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should:
    • Notify their supervisor and Human Resources.
    • Avoid campus and follow isolation instructions (as directed by their health provider and the City of Lubbock Health Department).
    • Obtain clearance before returning to work, in coordination with the LCU Medical Clinic.
  • During isolation or quarantine, employees are to coordinate with supervisors to work from home as their health and work duties permit. If the employee is unable to work due to their health or work from home is not an option, please notify Human Resources.
  • Unvaccinated students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are to contact the LCU Medical Clinic or their local health care provider.
  • LCU Medical Clinic or the student’s local health care provider will determine whether a COVID-19 test should be administered.
  • Any student who is awaiting test results or who tests positive should self-quarantine and notify the LCU Medical Clinic, who will also notify Res Life if the student lives in campus housing.
  • The LCU Medical Clinic will notify Disability Services and the Provost of any positive COVID-19 test results so that academic delivery can be arranged during the isolation period.
  • Students may return to classes when cleared by the LCU Medical Clinic in coordination with the City of Lubbock Health Department.
  • University student group travel may be limited and will be considered and managed on a case-by-case basis.