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Wellness Center

Wellness Center

COVID-19 Pandemic Information

The Wellness Center is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak very closely. We recognize that this time of uncertainty may be stressful for people. The health, safety, and well-being of our college community is our top priority. Please be advised that NCCC is following all CDC, DOH, and SUNY guidelines and regulations associated with the pandemic.

If an NCCC student tests positive for COVID-19, they should contact the Supervisor of College Nursing Services/Wellness Center, Cheri Yager, at 716-614-6275.  All information will remain strictly confidential and will not be disclosed at any time.

NCCC must follow the guidelines and mandates put forth by SUNY and the NYS Department of Health.  Students must receive the initial course of COVID shots.  Boosters are recommended, however, not mandatory at this time.  Religious or Medical Exemption requests are accepted and may be submitted to the Wellness Center for review.  Please see below for the required documents. See Fall 2022 COVID Protocols: COVID-19 Campus Safety Information – Niagara County Community College (suny.edu)

**Please Note:  Boosters may be required for Allied Health programs and/or clinical sites.  Please check with the Coordinator of your program.

As of September 1, 2022, Monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are NO LONGER authorized for use as boosters in people ages 12 years and older.  COVID-19 Bivalent booster doses are now authorized to be administered.  We will continue to update this web page as new  information becomes available.

Important points regarding the Bivalent vaccines:

  • Individuals 18 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Individuals 12 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Scheduled forthcoming appointments to administer monovalent Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna boosters in people 12 years of age and older must be rescheduled for when locations have the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines available.
  • Monovalent mRNA Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine remains authorized for use as boosters in children age 5 through 11 and all primary series vaccinations.

Students may bring in their immunization cards or take a picture of both the front and back of the card and email it to: wellnesscenter@niagaracc.suny.edu

Students who are not compliant with the COVID shot mandate will only be allowed to register for classes online and they will not be allowed on campus for any reason.  Students who are compliant with the mandate may register for any modality of classes they wish.

The current CDC and DOH COVID-19 Guidelines are as follows:

Positive COVID-19 Test:

    • REGARDLESS of Vaccination Status:
      • Isolate for 5 days from onset of symptoms
      • Wear high quality mask through Day 10
      • Avoid being around others who are more likely to get very sick from COVID until at least Day 11

AND

      • May test 2 consecutive days (starting Day 6)
        • If both Negative, may discontinue wearing mask
        • If EITHER Positive, continue mask through Day 10

Exposed to COVID-19:

  • REGARDLESS of Vaccination Status:
      • Wear high quality mask through Day 10 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0)
      • Test on Day 6
        • If Negative, continue mask
        • If Positive, or symptoms develop, Isolate Immediately and follow Isolation guidelines
      • Anyone who had COVID-19 within the last 90 days and has since recovered and remained symptom free, does not need to get tested after close contact with someone with COVID-19.

As you know, information is fluid with the pandemic. Please monitor your TWolves email closely for changes in the mandates and guidelines.

Information on COVID-19 and resources available may be found on the following link as well: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/coronavirus/

Questions may be directed to the Wellness Center, Cheri Yager, via email at: yager@niagaracc.suny.edu if preferred.

 

Documentation Forms for Medical/Religious Exemption Request for COVID-19 Vaccinations:

Welcome

The Wellness Center, located in C-122 is comprised of Health Services and Personal Counseling Services.

The mission of the Wellness Center is to provide physical, intellectual, social, and emotional well-being that fosters academic and personal success within the context of a global and culturally diverse society.

The Wellness Center is a fundamental and integral part of the total educational process and supports the College’s mission to provide a teaching and learning environment dedicated to excellence and a commitment to the hallmarks of student-centeredness, accessibility, comprehensiveness, collegiality, community partnerships, and lifelong learning.

Recognizing that each student who comes to the College is unique, it is the belief of the Wellness Center personnel that their primary responsibility is to the student: to respect their needs and to foster a climate in which physical and emotional health issues can be addressed.

For specific hours of operation, and further information, please see the “Health Services” or “Personal Counseling” web pages.

Meet Our Staff

Cheri Yager MSN, BSN, RN

Supervisor of College Nursing Services/Wellness Center

Phone: 716-614-6275
Email: yager@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: C-134

Hannah Barner

Hannah Barner LMSW

Mental Health Counselor

Phone: 716-614-6275
Email: hbarner@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: B-108

Katrina Griggs LMSW

Mental Health Counselor

Phone: 716-614-6275
Email: kgriggs@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: B-109

Sheila Harris

Sheila Harris AAS

Medical Administrative Associate

Phone: 716-614-6275
Email: sharris@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: C-122

Angela Howarth

Angela Howarth RN

College Nurse

Phone: 716-614-6275
Email: ahowarth@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: C-133

Mary Insalaco-Tripiciano

Mary Insalaco-Tripiciano BSN, RN

College Nurse

Phone: 716-614-6275
Email: minsalaco-tripiciano@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: C-122

Colleen Mary Summerville

Colleen Mary Summerville LMSW

Mental Health Counselor

Phone: 716-614-6275
Email: csummerville@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: B-105

Contact

Cheri Yager MSN, BSN, RN
Supervisor of College Nursing Services/Wellness Center
Phone: 716-614-6275
Fax: 716-614-6817
Email: yager@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: C-122