COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Employees
Faculty, staff and student employees received a message on Monday that outlined the latest federal guidance requiring employees to receive both shots of a two-dose vaccine, or one shot of a one-dose vaccine, by Jan. 4, 2022. Read the complete message.
- Employee vaccine mandate information
- Submit your vaccination record
- UM COVID Medical Exemption Request Form
- UM COVID Religious Exemption Request Form
- Ask HR and EORC about submitting vaccination records and requesting medical and religious exemptions (requires UM login)
Upcoming Pfizer Vaccine Clinics at Johnson Commons:
- Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-12 noon: Make 11/17 Pfizer appointment
- Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-12 noon: Make 11/19 Pfizer appointment
- Nov. 30, 1-3 p.m.: Make 11/30 Pfizer appointment
On campus, 6 days a week
FREE COVID-19 testing for symptomatic or asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff at the University-Oxford Depot on campus Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m., and this Sunday from 12 noon-4 p.m. See the full schedule and more details here. To schedule your test:
- Text “2020” to 833-991-3009 OR click on this link: http://86borders.com/l/68415e8f
- Complete the Testing Intake Form
- You will receive a confirmation # to present at the testing site
- Show up (with your University-affiliated ID) any day, any time during testing hours that week.
National Nurse Practitioner Week / National Radiologic Technology Week
This week is National Nurse Practitioner Week and National Radiologic Technology Week, annual events to celebrate exceptional health care providers. At the University of Mississippi, we celebrate our nurse practitioners and radiology techs as integral members of the university team who go above and beyond to serve our campus community. Thank you to Jeni Bond, Caitlyn Cunningham, Lauren Durham, Miele Hudspeth, Kay Johnson, Corey Mauldin, and Millie Wright for your contributions, care, dedication and service.
Featured FAQ: Do I need the flu shot if I’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine? Will the shots interfere with each other?
According to the American Lung Association, the flu and COVID-19 are different diseases, so you need both vaccines to be protected from each one. A flu shot triggers the development of a strengthened immune response to protect against influenza. And a COVID-19 vaccine triggers a strengthened immune response to protect against COVID-19. The ALA points out that vaccines are like keys to locks. Each vaccine is like a “key” that “unlocks” a strengthened immune response to each specific virus. There is no “master key” that works for all viruses, so getting vaccinated against both infectious diseases will help keep you healthy. Getting the flu shot will not counteract the effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Faculty, staff and students can stop by the University Health Center weekdays 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to get a flu shot.
News Stories and Resources
- Army officer, former football player returns to UM to talk vaccines (Ole Miss News)
- Department of the Air Force nears 97% AD vaccination rate (Air Force Public Affairs)
- Here’s why rapid COVID tests are so expensive and hard to find (ProPublica)
- Beginning Nov. 8, MSDH is scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 to 11 years old
- Analysis: COVID-19 pills are coming, but no substitute for vaccines, disease experts say (Reuters)
- The U.S. Is reopening. Here’s what travelers need to know about testing, boosters and more (NYT)
- COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens (CDC)
- Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air travel to the United States (CDC)
- When are masks most useful? COVID cases offer hints (Nature)
- Pfizer and BioNTech seek FDA authorization for Covid-19 vaccine booster for all adults (CNN)
- NIH director urges vaccinated Americans to get Covid booster shots to curb breakthrough infections over holidays (CNBC)
- AMA, CDC, Ad Council urge flu vaccinations amid COVID-19 concerns (AMA)
- MSDH reported the following information for COVID-19 cases in Mississippi (as of Nov. 9):
- 299 new cases, 4 new deaths and 25 long-term care facilities outbreaks.
- Mississippi Vaccination Report (as of Nov. 10):
- 3,078,810 total doses administered; 1,566,049 people receiving at least one dose; and 1,386,880 people fully vaccinated.
- Lafayette County: 61,048 Total Doses Administered; 27,380 People Fully Vaccinated, 51% of Total Population Fully Vaccinated.