The 99 Percent Club
High vaccination rates have the Pomfret community armed and ready for winter.
The Pomfret community let out a collective sigh as the final Band-Aid was applied after the last Covid vaccine was administered at the second student vaccination clinic. Together we earned a 99 percent — a nearly perfect score on the group project of keeping everyone safe from the virus that has disrupted life on the Hilltop and across the globe for the past nineteen months.
This achievement was no small feat. In the spring, our partners at the Connecticut Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) helped vaccinate the Pomfret faculty and staff. In May, Head of School Tim Richards announced that all students would be required to be vaccinated prior to the start of the academic year. Every student not granted a medical exemption did their part over the summer to get the shot to keep their fellow Griffins safe. For those students who were unable to complete their vaccine series before arriving on campus, NDDH returned during Arrival Days and again at the end of September to help immunize the students and achieve our 99 percent.
“I'm thrilled that we are able to get 99 percent of our students vaccinated. This is what herd immunity is all about,” said Director of Health Services Sarah Ligmann. “Having more of our community vaccinated helps keep us all safe, especially those that cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.”
The school community will continue to wear masks indoors and while on buses — with the exception of dorms — as directed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. Starting next week we will initiate the next rounds of Covid surveillance testing by sampling select advisory groups. Students-athletes who received a medical exception will continue to be tested before the first game of each week.
Visitors to the Hilltop can do their part to keep our community safe as well. Before arriving on campus, visitors are asked to complete the campus visitation request form and submit a copy of their Covid vaccine card or proof of a negative Covid test taken within the 3 to 5 days of the visit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Spectators attending athletic events on campus do not need to complete a campus visitation request form. While on the Hilltop, all visitors should wear masks indoors and are not permitted in dorms.
In addition to achieving herd immunity against the Covid, Pomfret is protecting the School against the flu by requiring and providing seasonal flu vaccines to all community members. By October 25, when the last of the flu clinics will be complete, we will be armed and ready for the winter.