A Message to Students: Have a Restful, Happy, and Healthy Thanksgiving Break
November 17, 2021
I hope you all have a healthy, happy, and restful Thanksgiving break. Please take some time to reflect on what you are truly thankful for this holiday season. I, for one, am incredibly thankful to each of you for keeping our campus community healthy and safe as we learn how to co-exist with COVID-19.
As we embark upon peak travel season, I want to share a few public health reminders to help minimize any risk of COVID-19 curtailing your holiday plans:
- If you have not done so already, schedule your required screening test in order to avoid a Red Pass for non-compliance. To avoid the next round of non-compliance Red Passes, students should test by November 27.
- In addition to your regular screening testing, all are welcomed and encouraged to schedule additional pre- and post-travel testing. We will have some extended testing hours prior to the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. Scheduling your test is the best way to make sure you receive your results in a timely fashion as this ensures the lab is not overwhelmed and can maintain a 24-48 hour turnaround time. Results accessed on your phone can be used for travel.
- Mask-up and check specific travel requirements for your destination. If you are traveling internationally, for example, negative COVID-19 tests may be required prior to flying.
- Flu vaccine is an additional immunization requirement this year; if you were one of the 14k people vaccinated through our Flu Clinic—thank you! If you have been vaccinated, please ensure your flu vaccine documentation has been uploaded into your student medical record. If you have not been vaccinated, please do so.
As we navigate this holiday season, it is important to remember that we are all responsible to continue following public health guidance on campus and elsewhere. It’s also important to acknowledge that the holiday season may be filled with mixed emotions – take the time to care for yourself.
Thank you for your continued partnership as we work to keep our Penn community—and our family and friends—healthy and safe. Be sure to follow @COVIDPenn on social media for public health updates.
In good health,
Benoit Dubé, MD
Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer
University of Pennsylvania