Tag: COVID-19

UW-Green Bay Nursing student, Precious Yang draws up the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to immunize a patient at the Lakeshore Community Health Center in Manitowoc on Friday, March 26, 2021. Observing the nursing student, left, Christine Vandenhouten, chair of Nursing & Health Studies at UW-Green Bay.

100,000+ Doses of Vaccine Distributed on UW-Green Bay Campuses

University continues to help region move forward from pandemic

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s four campuses are making a significant difference in the battle against COVID-19. With Prevea Health community vaccination clinics at all four campuses (Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan), Prevea has administered nearly 105,000 doses of vaccine to date at these sites alone.

“We are grateful for the collective effort of our students, faculty, staff, and our partners at Prevea Health to fight the pandemic,” says UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander. “Reaching the milestones of 100,000 vaccination shots and 30,000 rapid tests is helping our region to move past the pandemic. Not only have we shown how resilient we are in continuing to educate and keep students safe during this time, we’ve also served, as we should, as an important community partner in being a part of the solution. We will continue to try to solve problems for the region we serve.”

“COVID-19 vaccination is key as we move forward in this pandemic to determine what will happen next. We are extremely thankful to our UW-Green Bay partners and the way that they have wanted to help steer this pandemic in the right direction,” says President and CEO, Dr. Ashok Rai. “Their partnership has allowed us the space we’ve needed to vaccinate the masses in four of our communities. I can’t say enough how important this has been as we make every effort to vaccinate Northeast Wisconsin.”

COVID-19 vaccines are available at all four UW-Green Bay campuses with many available appointments. To schedule an appointment, visit: prevea.com/vaccine.

UW-Green Bay Nursing Students Step to Front Lines

To date, UW-Green Bay nursing students have provided more than 700 hours vaccinating and educating at COVID vaccination sites in February and March alone. Additionally, nursing faculty have contributed 77 hours toward vaccination efforts during this period. Nursing students are eager to be involved in this important public health initiative. Nursing students and supervising nursing faculty have assisted at 13 vaccination sites including at the Marinette School District, Watertown City Health Department, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, Kewaunee County Health Department, Green Bay Correctional Institution, Lawrence University, and National Guard/Menasha City Health Department. Additional sites include Lakeshore Community Health Center, Veterans Administration Clinic and Aurora BayCare.

This effort has been supported by a Wisconsin Partnership Program Grant and UW System tuition credit program for nursing students involved in assisting with COVID response activities.

Rapid Testing will Continue through May

In response to the region’s ongoing need for Covid-19 testing, UW-Green Bay will be extending the community surge drive-thru testing at the Weidner Center through May 2021. To date, 30,765 rapid antigen and confirmatory PCR tests have been given at the site. To schedule an appointment please visit doineedacovid19test.com.

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Photo of the COVID-19 virus, enlarged under a microscope with the text, "COVID-19 Why it Matters: I’m young, Why get vaccinated?"

Video: Covid-19 Series Part 21, ‘I’m young, why get vaccinated?’

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 21, I’m young, why get vaccinated?

Hi Brian Merkel, great to be with you, Microbiology and Immunology UW-Green Bay and we are here to talk to you about COVID-19 and why it matters to you.

You’re a young adult, why should you bother with getting immunized and questioning that why should I bother with this?

We all want to get back to a life that we remember and so in order to do that requires high herd immunity. Given the fact that that’s a collected goal for all of us. Trust the science, it’s sound. These vaccines are safe, they’re efficacious. We are in the fourth quarter with all this, and we need all of you. So, help us all by getting vaccinated, so we can get back to where we want to be. Thank you.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important? https://youtu.be/Fr9VJZZrTE0

Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies? https://youtu.be/J2lfJzoUEHI

Part 16: Will the vaccine protect against new COVID-19 variants? https://youtu.be/5l58jEZv3NQ

Part 17: Vaccine myths vs reality https://youtu.be/bGqLsRRbzVk

Part 18: What is long-hauler syndrome? https://youtu.be/f11b8nFpJiE

Part 19: Spring break, protect yourself against variants https://youtu.be/15ifuIosz2c

Part 20: Vaccine Side Effects https://youtu.be/7n3touy2PUY

Part 21: I’m young, why get vaccinated? https://youtu.be/F3KaBpSUpGo

Photo of the COVID-19 virus enlarged under a microscope with the text, "COVID-19 Whit it Matters Vaccine Side Effects."

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 20, Vaccine Side Effects

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript-Part 20, Vaccine Side Effects:

Brian Merkel, microbiology and immunology at UW-Green Bay and we are here to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

One of the concerns related to vaccination has to do with a second shot. There are reports that suggest people have a tougher time with a second shot. Now that’s explained by science, we know this is something that happens.

Whether you are naturally exposed by some type of infectious agent or whether you’re getting vaccinated, in this case, with the COVID-19 vaccine. After you get your first round of immunizations because your immune system has already been primed when you get exposed again, that priming allows your immune system to develop an even greater response which we want.

These symptoms usually go away within 24 hours. They appear within 12 hours of that second shot. You might have a low-grade fever, you may feel nauseated, not right, tired. And the reason for that is your immune system is doing its job. It’s doing what we wanted to do. And along the way, you’re going to feel some of these things that you feel.

But the good news is, you’re going to have the best protection possible for you and it also protects others.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important? https://youtu.be/Fr9VJZZrTE0

Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies? https://youtu.be/J2lfJzoUEHI

Part 16: Will the vaccine protect against new COVID-19 variants? https://youtu.be/5l58jEZv3NQ

Part 17: Vaccine myths vs reality https://youtu.be/bGqLsRRbzVk

Part 18: What is long-hauler syndrome? https://youtu.be/f11b8nFpJiE

Part 19: Spring break, protect yourself against variants https://youtu.be/15ifuIosz2c

Part 20: Vaccine Side Effects https://youtu.be/7n3touy2PUY

 

Photo of a microscopic enlargement of the COVID-19 virus with the text, COVID-19 Why it matters: Spring break, protect yourself

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 19, Spring Break, protect yourself against variants

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel discussing COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 19: Spring Break, protect yourself against variants: 

“Good morning, Brian Merkel, microbiology and immunology at UW-Green Bay and we are here to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

There are so many things to be optimistic in. We are going to have enough vaccine supply to vaccinate every adult in the United States by the end of May. We have the good news about the supply, and we are coming down off of the curve. However, on the other hand, importantly we have these COVID variants which are much more contagious. That requires us then to be vigilant.

In fact, studies indicate that if we relax our good public health measures that would greatly impact the effectiveness of the vaccines, despite how rapid the rollout would be. The idea is to approach spring break with wearing masks, keeping our distance, and washing our hands, avoiding congregate settings, so we can allow the vaccines to do the good work that they need to do.

Especially where the variants are concerned because if we do otherwise, the concern is that we will be looking at a fourth surge caused by these COVID variants despite all the great vaccines that we have available to us.”

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important? https://youtu.be/Fr9VJZZrTE0

Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies? https://youtu.be/J2lfJzoUEHI

Part 16: Will the vaccine protect against new COVID-19 variants? https://youtu.be/5l58jEZv3NQ

Part 17: Vaccine myths vs reality https://youtu.be/bGqLsRRbzVk

Part 18: What is long-hauler syndrome? https://youtu.be/f11b8nFpJiE

Part 19: Spring break, protect yourself against variants https://youtu.be/15ifuIosz2c

 

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, Thompson sets goal of 75% of courses in person on UW campuses in fall | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jon Shelton, vice president of higher education for the AFT-Wisconsin union and a professor at UW-Green Bay, also welcomed Thompson’s announcement, provided campuses have access to the vaccine and that there are steps taken to protect people who have health conditions that prevent them from getting it.

“I can speak for our members in AFT-Wisconsin when I say that we agree that face-to-face instruction is a vital part of most students’ learning, though for some students, access to instruction through a digital format may be better for them,” Shelton said. “We also support President Thompson’s goal to maximize face-to-face instruction, as long as we can ensure the safety of faculty, staff and students.”

Source: As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, Thompson sets goal of 75% of courses in person on UW campuses in fall | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Innovation in Aging

Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition next week

The campus community and members of the public are invited to the UW-Green Bay Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition! Join the fifth year of competition on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, from 4 to 6 p.m. This year it will be a virtual event for the first time. The competition is a collaboration between UW-Green Bay and WiSys Technology Foundation (www.wisys.org). Anyone interested is encouraged and welcome to use the Livestream link to attend the event.

Students and student teams from across UW-Green Bay have been preparing to compete with their innovative solutions to challenges faced by older adults. A panel of judges from the community will be part of the competition to determine winning solutions. During the short period of judge deliberation after student and team presentations, Devon Christianson, Director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County, will provide brief remarks on innovation in aging services during this time of COVID.

If you have any questions, contact Brad Ricker (bricker@wisys.org). See additional information about the event.

Prevea, UW-Green Bay partner to open COVID-19 vaccine clinic to open at Marinette campus | WBAY

Prevea Health has announced a COVID-19 vaccine clinic will soon open at UW-Green Bay’s campus in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Although Prevea officials haven’t decided on an official opening date, they’re tentatively anticipating it will be open for appointments on Monday, February 22nd. They say it may open earlier depending on the amount of vaccines Prevea is given by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

Source: Prevea, UWGB partner to open COVID-19 vaccine clinic to open at Marinette campus | WBAY

New Prevea COVID-19 vaccination clinic set to open at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus | WFRV

Prevea Health and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay are opening a new Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

Organizers say the clinic will be located on the UW-Green Bay Marinette Campus at 750 W. Bay Shore St. in Marinette.

According to a release, the vaccination clinic will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all community members eligible for the vaccine under the vaccination prioritization guidelines set by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

Source: New Prevea COVID-19 vaccination clinic set to open at UW-Green Bay Marinette campus | WFRV