The university concluded its eighth day of appointments today (March 24) at the vaccination site on campus at the Tad Smith Coliseum. During that time, we’ve administered more than 2,300 doses! Thanks so much to all who helped make the vaccination site a success, especially to all the volunteers from our School of Pharmacy!
We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated at your earliest convenience through any vaccination site, including the following ways:
- MSDH COVID-19 Vaccination Drive-Thru Scheduler
- COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 877-978-6453 or 601-965-4071, or
- Local vaccination providers
As of 3 p.m. today, the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler is showing appointments are available at drive-thru vaccination sites across the state, including approximately 2,500 in Lafayette County, 3,300 in Panola County, 2,000 in Lee County and 900 in DeSoto County.
The MSDH drive-thru site in Lafayette County is at the National Guard Armory/Oxford Conference Center, located at 102 Ed Perry Boulevard.
Upcoming Dates for Free Asymptomatic Testing
The university’s free asymptomatic testing is available at the University-Oxford Depot on the following days and times:
- Monday, March 29: 1-5 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 30: 1-5 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 31: 8:30 a.m.-12 noon
Q: Can students get the vaccine in Mississippi if they are from out-of-state?
A: Yes, you can use your Oxford/campus address when you register. If a student will return home at the end of the semester, they will need to schedule their first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible to ensure that they can receive the same kind of vaccine for their second dose from the same vaccination site.
Q: If I have already recovered from COVID-19, should I get the vaccine?
A: Evidence shows that re-infection is possible and that natural immunity may not last forever. The vaccines can protect against COVID variants that you may not have had. See this Mythbusters document for more information about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Q: I have a history of allergic reactions. Can I still receive the vaccine?
A: If you have a history of anaphylaxis and carry an EpiPen, you will need to receive the vaccine in a clinical setting, such as Baptist Memorial Hospital. You can schedule an appointment with BMH by calling 662-636-4353.
Q: What safety protocols should I follow after being vaccinated?
A: The CDC considers those who are more than two weeks past their last vaccination dose to be fully vaccinated. See the CDC’s interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people.
University COVID-19-Related News Stories
- UM theater program adapts to bring Shakespeare to audiences in time of social distancing
- March 24 event to feature latest Paragon Award winner, showcase innovative online teaching strategies
- Oxford Film Festival brings more than 200 movies to community
Students can apply now for financial aid assistance related to COVID-19 (HEERF II)
The university received an allocation of federal stimulus money from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) to award financial aid grants to students. Students can apply now. These funds may be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. Grant amounts at UM will typically not exceed $2,500 per person. Eligibility is not guaranteed. To apply for financial assistance related to COVID-19, UM students should complete the application form. For more information and FAQs, visit this page.
Grove Grocery: The UM Food Pantry
Located in Kinard 213, the UM Food Pantry helps alleviate food insecurity among UM students and employees on campus. The Food Pantry is open Mondays and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. and Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. All services are confidential, and all UM employees and students are eligible to use these services. To place an order for groceries, click here. To learn more about the Grove Grocery, click here.
RebelWell Telehealth Nutrition
RebelWell offers telehealth individual nutrition sessions at no cost to university employees and students. If you are interested in this service, contact University Health Services to make an appointment. For Employee Assistance, call 662-915-6550, for Student Assistance, call 662-915-7274.
Check out some upcoming events. See more registered student events in The ForUM.
- March 22-28: Drug Safety Awareness Week
- March 24-28: Oxford Film Festival
- March 25: Ole Miss Women’s Tennis vs. Florida
- March 26: FSL Feed Good Friday
- March 26-28: Ole Miss Softball vs. Georgia
- March 26: Ole Miss Women’s Tennis vs. South Carolina
- March 26-27: Ole Miss Classic Track & Field
- March 27: Ole Miss Soccer vs. Georgia Southern
- March 28: Ole Miss Men’s Tennis v. Mississippi State
- March 28: Sunday Best
- March 29: March Madness Shootout
- March 30: Community Art Market
- March 30: Disc Golf Spring Scramble
- March 30: Ole Miss Baseball vs. North Alabama
- April 12: First day of academic advising
- April 24: Grove Bowl
Work Strategies Task Force
The university has established a Work Strategies Task Force to review relevant laws, leave policies and state employee regulations in order to develop guidance on requirements and restrictions, determine need for a formalized telework policy and determine need for protocols for shared spaces. Please visit this page for a list of the members.
Other Things to Know
CDC News and Resources
- Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention
- Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
Mississippi News and Resources
- MSDH reported the following information for COVID-19 cases in Mississippi as of March 23:
- 387 new cases, 4 new deaths and 27 long-term care facilities outbreaks.
- Mississippi Vaccination Report as of March 24: 1,086,793 total doses administered; 704,242 people receiving at least one dose; 405,026 people fully vaccinated; and 1,349,035 vaccine doses distributed.
- Vote for the City of Oxford in the second round of the sixth annual Strongest Town Competition. Voting closes Thursday, March 25 at 12 noon CDT.
National News Stories and Other Resources
- How to Celebrate the Spring Holidays Safely with Your Family (NYT)
- What I’ve Learned from the Pandemic Year (WSJ)
- Why Opening Windows Is a Key to Reopening Schools (NYT)
- I’m Vaccinated Against COVID-19, But My Kids Aren’t. What’s Safe for Us? (Time)
- A Kid-Friendly Graphic Novel History of Vaccines (NYT)
- Vaccines and Travel: What You Need to Know (NYT)
On the Lighter Side
- Olive and Mabel game night
- ‘I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot’: Doctors rework ‘Hamilton’ track to promote vaccines (Yahoo Life)
- Americans are starting to buy real clothes again (NYT)
- Back in the game featuring U.S. pro sport leagues: COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative (Ad Council)
- Polar lights (Nat Geo Instagram)
- First-ever ‘space hurricane’ detected over the North Pole (Live Science)
- Weekly health quiz: COVID vaccines, side effects and exercise (NYT)
- Ole Miss This Week in Photos
- UM Vaccine Information Page
- UM COVID-19 Daily Symptom Checker
- UM confirmed COVID-19 cases among employees and students
- UM COVID-19 Dashboard
- MSDH Free COVID-19 Testing for faculty, staff and students
- Information for Students and Families
- Information for Faculty
- Information for Staff
- SAA-sponsored Student Activities Around Campus
- Frequently Asked Questions
- City of Oxford Upcoming Events
Studies and Surveys
- College Student COVID-19 Impact Survey: The university is collaborating with researchers at Columbia University on a national College Student COVID-19 Impact Survey to understand how the pandemic has affected undergraduate students’ health and decisions-making. For more information and to take the online survey: