KCU Supports Vaccination and Immunization
Kansas City University strongly adheres to the medical evidence demonstrating that immunizations protect the public from highly communicable and deadly diseases. Throughout the university’s history, our student education has integrated and continues to support vaccination guidelines as set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
KCU advocates for and will participate in efforts to provide easy access to COVID-19 vaccinations in order to further our mission to improve the well-being of the communities we serve.
KCU considers any physician alumni who espouse disinformation regarding the COVID-19 or other vaccinations to be in complete misalignment with the teachings they received during their training at KCU.
Vaccine Public Service Announcements
In collaboration with Access Health and Family Care, Freeman Health System, Mercy Hospital Joplin and local news media outlets, KCU produced a series of public service announcements for broadcast in the Joplin area. These PSAs are intended to provide personal testimonials and additional information regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to help increase the regional vaccination rate.
KCU Vaccination Policy
- All full-time employees will be required to be fully vaccinated or present evidence on a weekly basis that they have tested negative for COVID-19.
- All part-time employees must be fully vaccinated.
- All new employees who begin employment after Nov. 29 must be fully vaccinated.
Vaccines - Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Masking, handwashing, physical distancing and avoiding large crowds remain necessary until enough of the population is immune.
- We have enough evidence on the vaccine being about 95% effective at protecting us from severe symptoms and death. This means the vaccine is proven to be effective on the symptoms. We do not yet have enough evidence as to how much the vaccine stops the spreading of the virus from those vaccinated to those not vaccinated. Hence, to protect those who are not yet vaccinated, it is important we continue to follow common CDC guidelines until we get most of the population vaccinated (75%).
- Immunity begins about a week after getting the 2nd dose (for both Pfizer & Moderna).
- If you have contracted Covid-19 and were treated using antibody therapy, then vaccination is recommended only after 90 days of getting infected.
After our return to campus on October 4, KCU will institute a university-wide COVID-19 surveillance testing program to keep our campuses safe. Campus members will be notified in email when it is your turn to participate.
KCU continues to practice the following health and safety protocols:
- Masks must be worn indoors when walking around or when talking with others. They are not required outside, or if you are alone at your desk.
- Maintain a physical distance of six feet from other people.
- Maintain good hand washing hygiene.
As of October 2021, vaccinations are not given on the KCU Campuses. Earlier in the year, the KCMO Health Department coordinated the vaccination effort throughout Kansas City, Missouri and utilizes the KCU-KC campus as one site to vaccinate tier-appropriate people. Joplin vaccinated at sites that are chosen by the National Guard and sites were all off campus.
KCU students and clinical faculty were volunteers of the KCMO Health Department and KCU-Joplin clinical partners' efforts to administer vaccinations as quickly as possible, to the extent that supply is available. They also made up part of the vaccination workforce being coordinated by the Missouri National Guard. All logistical coordination and scheduling was handled by the health departments and the National Guard.
What to Do if You Are Sick
Who is my KCU contact?
Score 1 For Health (1-877-425-0251) will be the initial point of contact for all KCU employees. Score 1 will assist in the communication to supervisors and HR to ensure that status of individuals is known while providing a single point of contact and repository for health matter intake and also maintaining a level of confidentiality relative to specific health issues. Score 1 will assist with follow-ups for positive screenings, expanded contact tracing, and general questions.
What if I have a Positive Screening?
Employees with any positives on the screening questionnaire, exhibiting symptoms and/or have a temperature greater than 100.0 will be required to stay home and make contact with Score 1 at 1-877-425-0251.
Return to campus after a positive screening can be accomplished by passing the self-screen, or clearance from a healthcare provider (i.e. reported symptom that resulted in positive screening was evaluated and attributed to another medical condition).
What if I have a positive COVID-19 viral test?
Employees who test positive for COVID-19 during the KCU testing events will be notified by KCU’s Score 1 for Health and will receive instructions for proceeding. Students who do not have a health-care provider within your campus community will be referred to one of KCU’s clinical partners. Return to campus can be accomplished only after receiving clearance from your health-care provider with the criteria of having no fever, improved symptoms, and receiving two negative COVID-19 viral tests in a row, taken at least 24 hours apart.