Fall 2021 Update from Student Health Services

Dear Pitzer Students,

Below is an update from Dr. Prateek Jindal, Director of Student Health Services.


Dear 7C Students,

After more than 16 months away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the eager moment where students can finally return to our beautiful campuses is finally upon us. We, here at Student Health Services (SHS), have been working diligently with various stakeholders across the 7Cs to ensure that our campuses are ready for you. Our planning began with great optimism as the efficacy of currently authorized vaccines started becoming clear. Even as our community now faces the delta variant, data so far points to continued great protection from these vaccines against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. Without these vaccines, I am not certain we could have even attempted to have students return for in-person instruction.

Public health regulations continue to evolve and impact our operations constantly, in response to local conditions. Currently, SHS is planning for a limited schedule for student appointments during the week of August 16th with normal operational schedule resuming the week of August 23rd. Starting August 16th, single dose J&J COVID vaccination will be available for students who still need to get vaccinated before the Fall session starts. Appointments will be conducted in-person unless a phone visit is specifically requested by the student. As a health care facility, masks will be required to be worn over the nose and mouth while at SHS at all times, regardless of your vaccination status.

Same-day and walk-in appointment requests will be accommodated as best as possible. However, in the event we cannot fit you in, you will be directed to our telehealth partner, 7C.Health. 7C.Health provides 24/7 on demand access (no appointment needed) to medical services for all students living domestically as well as mental health counseling to domestic and internationally based students. We have recently expanded our contract with 7C.Health and now students can even make scheduled telehealth appointments ahead of time for both medical visits as well as counseling visits. While this is a great option for students to have a timely consultation if they can’t get an appointment at SHS, I want to make sure students realize that they can utilize 7C.Health any time, if they prefer, not just when they can’t be seen at SHS.

SHS is committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, and mentally fulfilling upcoming academic year. Once again, we are excited and awaiting the return of students across our campuses. Please stay safe until then and during your travels to campus.

Regards,

Prateek Jindal, DO
Director, Student Health Services