Message from PWHC Medical Director, Dr. Huda Sharaf
A Message from PWHC Medical Director, Dr. Huda Sharaf
Dear U of A community,
Our area, along with other neighboring regions, is seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 infections caused predominantly by the more contagious, life-threatening delta variant.
As medical director of Pat Walker Health Center, I would be seriously remiss if I did not share my concerns on this latest spike in active cases and transmission.
Unvaccinated individuals are being disproportionately impacted at staggering rates. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) reports the following breakdown of the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in 2021:
- More than 90% of current active cases are not fully immunized.
- More than 99% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 are not immunized.
- More than 99% of those who died due to COVID-19 were not immunized.
The majority of those COVID-19 persons being hospitalized are unvaccinated persons in their 20s, 30s and 40s. This delta variant is affecting younger people in very serious, life threatening ways and is avoidable with vaccination.
Thankfully, current vaccines remain effective against this variant, and I urge everyone who has not yet received the COVID vaccine, to get vaccinated. While not mandatory, vaccination will protect you and those members of our community with weak immune systems as well as persons not yet eligible for the vaccine, such as children 11 years old or younger. We are incredibly fortunate to have the solution to this pandemic readily available, yet our window of opportunity to control this pandemic through currently available vaccines is waning.
My concern is for the overall safety of our campus, as well as our surrounding community. If most of our campus and community members are vaccinated, we can establish a safe learning and working environment with decreased COVID-19 infections and transmission this fall semester.
The vaccine’s purpose is to help prevent illness, hospitalizations and death from COVID-19 infection. The safety and success of our fall semester truly depends on the level of vaccination achieved on our campus.
Please help keep campus safe this fall by getting your vaccine if you are not yet vaccinated.
Thank you and take care,
Dr. Huda Sharaf, FACP
Medical Director for Pat Walker Health Center
University of Arkansas
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