With the declaration of a state of emergency less than a month after the start of the 2021 academic year, you all have been making full use of the online format to carry out their educational and research activities while their daily commute to the campus is restricted. I would like to thank you again for your understanding and cooperation in preventing the spread of the new coronavirus infection.
1. Vaccination Reminder
As we have already announced, we are taking various measures and making relevant adjustments for the implementation of vaccinations for students, faculty, and staff at the University. Vaccinated individuals are expected to be able to prevent the onset of new coronavirus infections, but it takes about one to two weeks to develop immunity, and even after immunity is established, the vaccine is not 100% effective in preventing the onset of disease. In addition, it is not yet clear to what extent the vaccine can prevent the spread of the disease from one person to another.
Furthermore, in order to ensure safe and secure education and research activities on our campus, we have established a vaccination system in advance with the understanding and cooperation of our affiliated hospitals. Vaccination is voluntary, and there will be no disadvantages, such as restrictions on classes, research activities, or extracurricular activities, as a result of not receiving the vaccine. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated students are to be treated equally on campus, and it is absolutely unacceptable to discriminate against those who have not been vaccinated. As a member of Toho University, whose founding spirit is “Nature, Life, Man ” we ask that all students, faculty, and staff keep this in mind as they conduct themselves.
2. Change in the level of activity guidelines
The declaration of a state of emergency is expected to be lifted on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Therefore, the level of the University’s activity guidelines will be changed accordingly effective from Monday, June 21, 2021. For details, please be sure to check the activity guidelines for new coronavirus infections at Toho University (June 21, 2021 version).
Please note that it is not the intention that all activities will be will be shifted to the relevant level immediately after the declaration is lifted. Depending on the individual activity and situation, the activity level will be shifted through a transition period or more detailed steps. For details, please refer to the announcements from each campus, faculty, and graduate school.
The situation remains unpredictable as new mutant strains of the virus have been confirmed, and priority measures to prevent the spread of the virus continue to be applied in Tokyo and Chiba. Regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not, we ask that you continue to practice preventive measures to prevent infection, such as avoiding being a crowded or closed places, wearing proper face masks, and encouraging hand washing with soap and hand sanitizer.
If you have any other questions, please use the “Student Consultation Service for New Coronavirus Infections “* that has been set up at the university.