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The promise of a fulfilling Fall 2021 semester with in-person classes, events, and social interactions grows daily thanks to the commitment of students, faculty, and staff to keep our community safe and healthy.

We can have a fall semester full of all of these things and more if we take final steps together: Get the Vax today!

Students

On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and with that, the University has officially added the COVID-19 vaccine to those already required for students. All students systemwide should have received an email with instructions on how to confirm your vaccination status by October 8, 2021. The two exemptions are a medical exemption, which requires a doctor’s signature on a UMN form, or a sincerely held religious exemption, which requires a notarized signature by the student on a UMN form. As with our other required immunizations, we will place a registration hold on the account of any students who do not comply, and we will lift the hold as soon as they are in compliance. 

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff, we expect to ask you to attest regarding your vaccination status by September 17, 2021. You have received an email with instructions for using a simple online form. It should only take a minute to complete, and your prompt participation in this process will help position us for a successful and rewarding fall semester. 

What will faculty and staff attest to?

  • They are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that they will get tested if they are exposed to someone who has COVID or if they experience symptoms; or
  • If they have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination, that they are testing via a means and frequency to be determined, testing if they experience symptoms, and testing if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19; and 
  • If they receive a positive test result for COVID-19, they will follow CDC guidance, including isolating and participating in contact tracing efforts, and in return to work.

Also see: August 18, 2021 COVID-19 Town Hall for more information


Schedule your vax today

The Minnesota Department of Health has a vaccine connector to assist with getting signed up to get vaccinated.

It is also recommended to check with your primary health care provider or use the MDH Vaccine Locator map to find a vaccine appointment near you. Listed below are local vaccine sites you can also contact to make an appointment to get vaccinated.

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Where to get the Vaccine

The North Dakota Department of Health has opened access to the public to receive the COVID vaccine. If you are a North Dakota resident or if your healthcare provider is in North Dakota, you are eligible to get vaccinated in North Dakota. To assist you in finding a North Dakota location, log onto the North Dakota vaccine locator.

If you live outside Minnesota or North Dakota, you can use vaccines.gov to find the closest location near you.

Vaccine Info

Vaccine Info by Jakub Tolar, Dean of the UMN Medical School/VP for Clinical Affairs

Vaccine Info Sheets

Frequently asked questions for faculty/staff, students and families.

Students

Q: What is the deadline for students to provide proof of vaccination or exemption?
A: Six weeks after the August 23, 2021 FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine. 
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: Who is exempt from getting the vaccine? How do I appeal exemption criteria?
A: The two exemptions are a medical exemption, which requires a doctor’s signature on a UMN form, or a sincerely held religious exemption, which requires a notarized signature by the student on a UMN form.  Notaries are available on-campus, of whom are: Renee Mulcahy and Donna Larson, in the Business Affairs Office.
Updated September 7, 2021

Q: Is there an option for students who elect not to get the vaccine to test weekly?
A: There is not an option for students to elect to test weekly instead of getting vaccinated or completing documentation for an exemption.
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: If a student has been vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but only the Pfizer is FDA approved, will the student have to get the Pfizer vaccine? 
A: Once one of the vaccines receives formal FDA approval, any vaccine the FDA has approved for emergency use, or the World Health Organization for that matter, will meet the vaccination requirement.
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: What are the outcomes if the student doesn’t provide a COVID form?
A: Students who have not complied with the vaccination requirements will have a registration hold placed on their account.  They will not be able to begin classes in the following semester unless they meet vaccination requirements.  This is the same as for UMN’s other vaccination requirements. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: If we are required to be vaccinated, why are we still required to wear masks?
A: Masks are an effective means of preventing the spread of COVID, including the Delta variant.  At this time, the vaccination requirement has not gone into effect; thus, the masking requirement is our best tool (in addition to the current voluntary vaccinations) to prevent the spread of COVID.  As with all procedures aimed at protecting our community, we will continue to monitor infection and vaccination rates as well as the best scientific information to revise the policy when appropriate. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: Are students studying online required to get the vaccine?  
A: All students taking 1.0 credit or more--including in online courses--will be required to abide by the vaccination requirements. 

Updated August 16, 2021

Q: Does Vax 2.0 apply to students taking less than 6.0 credits? 
A: The COVID vaccination requirement applies to all students completing 1.0 credit or more of coursework. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: Do PSEO students need the vaccine, or do they just need to comply with their High School policies?
A: PSEO students will be required to be vaccinated. 
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: Do College in the High School (CIHS) students need the vaccine?
A: CIHS students will follow their high school policies and not have to abide by the University's Vax 2.0.

Updated August 23, 2021

 

Faculty/Staff

Q: Can faculty and staff file to be exempt from getting the vaccine?
A: There is no exemption for employees. Those who elect not to take the vaccine must test weekly. 
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: How do we access testing for those who are not vaccinated?  
A: Employees who choose not to become vaccinated will need to secure testing at their own expense.  There are no restrictions on the type of test used.  Additional information regarding testing requirements will be included with the attestation document once it is made available to employees.
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: Who do they send test results to?  How often must they be tested and report the test results?
A: Employees who do not get vaccinated must undergo testing every week.  Employees will not need to submit test results, but they will need to take appropriate action based on those results. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: By when must employees complete the attestation?
A: Employees must complete the vaccine attestation by September 17, 2021 or disciplinary actions will be initiated.
Updated September 7, 2021

Q: For those who are vaccinated, do they need to provide proof of vaccination?  
A: Employees will complete an attestation form indicating that they either have been vaccinated or that they will follow published testing protocols for employees until they become vaccinated.
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: Can faculty remove students from the classroom if not wearing masks properly, or refusing to wear them?
A: Faculty should first encourage students to comply with the facial covering policy.  If the student refuses, please follow the Protocol: How to Respond to a Non-Compliant Student
Updated September 7, 2021

Q: If a student is showing symptoms of a respiratory virus, regardless of vaccination status, can they be prevented from attending their classes? 
A: All employees and students are asked to stay home if they are demonstrating any COVID symptoms and follow current MDH guidelines for monitoring, testing, and quarantine.  That said, it is also possible that students will come to class with a known non-COVID medical ailment (e.g. allergies).  Faculty and employees may always encourage students to take care of themselves when showing signs of illness, but students may not be removed from class unless their behavior is so significant as to disrupt the educational experience for others.
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: Can we require a student who is showing symptoms to get tested, even if they have been vaccinated?  
A: Short of published testing requirements such as those for student-athletes, we do not require students to get tested.  That said, we can always demonstrate care, not that we observe the individual is struggling with a symptom, and encourage them to see the Campus Nurse or a medical professional. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: What level of schoolwork accommodation will be expected for students in isolation/quarantine?  
A: Given the number of students who we expect to get vaccinated plus the number who have increased immunity because they have had the disease, we do not expect the volume of accommodation requests this year that we had last year.  That being said, we do expect them, and encourage you to review the language in our student absence policy as you prepare for fall.  When there are unique cases or challenges, we encourage you to consult with your Division Head. 
Updated August 16, 2021

Q: What if an employee refuses to complete/comply with the attestation?  Will they be disciplined?
A: Disciplinary procedures and protocols are currently being developed and, where necessary, being vetted with bargaining units.
Updated August 16, 2021

Families

Q: What is the deadline for students to provide proof of vaccination or exemption?
A: Six weeks after the August 23, 2021 FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine.
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: How can my student apply for a vaccination exemption?
A: First, we do want to impress upon you that the vaccine is safe and effective and the requirement is based on the best scientific evidence of leading experts in the country including those here at the University of Minnesota. As of August 23, 2021 students will have six weeks to verify that they have received the vaccine, get the vaccine, or provide documentation for an exemption. The two exemptions are a medical exemption, which requires a doctor’s signature on a UMN form, or a sincerely held religious exemption, which requires a notarized signature by the student on a UMN form.  Notaries are available on-campus, of whom are: Renee Mulcahy and Donna Larson, in the Business Affairs Office.
Updated September 7, 2021

Q: Is there an option for students who elect not to get the vaccine to test weekly?
A: There is not an option for students to elect to test weekly instead of getting vaccinated or completing documentation for an exemption.
Updated August 23, 2021

Q: If a student has been vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but only the Pfizer is FDA approved, will the student have to get the Pfizer vaccine? 
A: Once one of the vaccines receives formal FDA approval, any vaccine the FDA has approved for emergency use, or the World Health Organization for that matter, will meet the vaccination requirement. 
Updated August 23, 2021

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September 7, 2021 at 5:46 PM