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The promise of a fulfilling Fall 2021 semester with in-person classes, events, and social interactions will require the continued commitment of our entire University community to keep University campuses and other locations safe and healthy.

We can have a successful and rewarding fall semester if we take final steps together: Get the Vax today!

Students

All University of Minnesota students enrolled online or in person (including all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and Post Secondary Enrollment Option) must complete this Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form by Oct. 8, 2021. The form asks students to either submit their vaccination information or submit documentation of a religious or medical exemption. 

If students do not provide the Vaccination Form, they will be out of compliance with the University’s vaccination requirement and prohibited from registering for classes in the future.  

If you have questions about the student vaccination requirement, please view the FAQ below.

View Vaccine FAQs below

Faculty and Staff

With input from broad shared governance consultations and using guidance from public health and medical experts, the University is asking employees to confirm their current vaccine status and agree to follow public health and testing guidelines. Here is what faculty and staff need to know:

Employees may go to MyU (starting on Tuesday, August 24) and complete their attestation.  By Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 (or for new employees, within three weeks of receiving an email asking individuals to certify), employees must go to MyU and complete a certification form that includes two options from which each employee must choose one:

  1. They are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and agree to follow the University’s vaccination and testing requirements while working at the University; or
  2. They decline to certify they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and they agree to comply with the University's testing requirements while working at the University. Individuals choosing this option are encouraged to submit a revised form at a later date to certify that they have become fully vaccinated.

Filling out the form takes less than a minute. Employee responses are confidential, but may be shared with University personnel who need to know the information to perform their jobs including campus health and safety, legal, and human resources personnel. 

Faculty and staff who do not supply this information by Sept. 17, 2021 (or for new employees, within three weeks of receiving an email asking individuals to certify) may be subject to employment discipline, the details of which are being developed and will be communicated here when available.

Questions about this process and expectations should be discussed with supervisors/managers or unit Human Resources leads. You can also call the Office of Human Resources Contact Center at 612-624-8647 (800-756-2362) or [email protected].

View Vaccine FAQs below




Vaccine FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about vaccines, how to be vaccinated, and guidelines for students, faculty, and staff.

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Is the vaccine required for students?

Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This means students will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

 

Is the vaccine required for faculty and staff?

No, vaccination is not required for faculty and staff. However, the University is requiring all faculty and staff to certify that they are complying with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing protocols.

Why are students required to get the vaccine and staff are not?

Immunization requirements for students have been in place for many years. However, immunization requirements have not existed as a condition of employment at the University so the University is choosing a certification process for employees.

Can I ask my students/colleagues if they have been vaccinated?

No.

Who will have access to my vaccination status?

Your personally identifiable information is private information, but may be shared with University school officials and personnel who have a need to know the information to perform their jobs, including campus health and safety, legal and human resources personnel, and other individuals or entities authorized by law. In the event of a failure to complete the form, your supervisor will be notified. 

Students

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I have a medical or religious exemption for the COVID vaccination. What should I do?

Students who seek a medical exemption need to submit a form signed by their health care provider. Students who seek a religious exemption will need to submit a notarized form affirming that exemption. Documents must be uploaded using the COVID-19 Vaccination Form. 

What will happen if I don’t comply with the requirement?

If a student fails to comply, a registration hold will be placed on the student’s record, preventing registration for future courses until the student complies with the requirement. To remove the registration hold, students must comply by completing the Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form.

Do Post-Secondary Education Option (PSEO), fully online, and part-time students need to be vaccinated?

Yes. All enrolled online or in-person students must comply with the vaccine requirement. This includes PSEO students. While online students are not on campus, our greater commitment to the health and well-being of all members of our community, no matter where they are, means that online students are included in this requirement.

What vaccines are acceptable to meet this requirement?

Currently any FDA fully or emergency approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson) are acceptable, as are the vaccines authorized or approved by the World Health Organization.

How does this requirement affect international students who have been unable to be vaccinated or who received a different vaccine in their home country?

International students who received a full vaccination series of any of the vaccines authorized or approved by the World Health Organization are considered fully vaccinated.

For international students who have not been able to receive a vaccine in their home country, have not been able to complete a vaccination series in their home country, or have received a vaccine not authorized or approved by the World Health Organization, they may receive an FDA-approved vaccine in Minnesota. Alternatively, they may contact their campus health service to request a medical exemption.  International students who require a vaccine can find multiple locations available across the state.

The University encourages any international student who might need help in complying with the vaccination requirement to reach out to Boynton Health on the Twin Cities campus or the campus clinics at Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

Will students who have exemptions be required to submit to regular COVID-19 testing?

At this time, there are no testing requirements for students who have an exemption. That said, we expect all community members to follow the University’s MTest guidance.

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Faculty and Staff

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What are faculty and staff being asked to attest as to their vaccination status?

Employees are asked to attest via MyU that:

  1. They are fully vaccinated and agree to comply with vaccine and applicable testing requirements, or
  2. They decline to certify they have been fully vaccinated and agree to comply with applicable testing requirements.

Is the University requiring proof of vaccination for faculty and staff?

No. Only completion of the certification form and compliance with University testing protocols are necessary.

Is certification required of all faculty and staff, even if I’m not working on campus?

Yes. All faculty and staff will be asked to complete the certification process, which is an expectation of employment. Those who are working remotely still need to complete the certification so they can visit and return to campus when needed.

What is the deadline to comply with this process?

11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 (or for new employees, within three weeks of receiving an email asking individuals to certify).

What will occur if individuals do not comply with this process?

Individuals who do not complete the process will be out of compliance with the University’s protocols, and may be subject to employment discipline. Discipline will be consistent with employee group policies and contracts, and will be communicated once finalized.

If I choose not to get vaccinated, what will I be required to do?

Individuals who choose not to get vaccinated will be asked to certify that they will comply with the University’s applicable testing requirements while employed at the University.

What testing protocols are considered part of this process?

COVID-19 Testing Requirements means the following, subject to changes imposed by the University in the future:

 

Not Fully Vaccinated

Fully Vaccinated

Symptoms of COVID-19

Get tested immediately

Get tested immediately

Exposure to someone with COVID-19

Get tested immediately, and, if negative, get tested 3-5 days after exposure

Get tested 3-5 days after exposure

Work with employees, students, or guests/visitors in person or remotely

Get tested every week

Not required

Domestic travel

Get tested 1-3 days prior to travel and 3-5 days after travel

Not required

International travel

Get tested 1-3 days prior to travel, 1-3 days prior to returning, and  3-5 days after travel

Get tested 1-3 days prior to travel and 3-5 days after travel

Will I need to complete the certification process repeatedly?

No. You will be asked to complete the process, which takes less than a minute via MyU, once for the 2021-2022 school year. However, if you have declined to certify that you are fully vaccinated, you are encouraged to submit an updated form if you are fully vaccinated at a later date.

Vaccine Appointments

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Where can I be vaccinated at the University of Minnesota?

  • On the Twin Cities campus, Boynton Health administers vaccines. Students, faculty, or staff members seeking a vaccine appointment should call 612-625-3222. If you are already at Boynton for an appointment, visit the Patient Assistance desk on the main (3rd) floor. Contact Boynton nurse line at (612) 625-7900 with any clinical questions.
  • On the Duluth campus, the availability of the vaccine through the summer months is at hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies in the Duluth community. Please review detailed information here. For fall, Health Services is exploring the ability to offer the vaccine to students through clinic appointments.
  • You may also review additional information about the Crookston, Morris, and Rochester campuses.

Where can I find more information?

Questions about costs, eligibility, what vaccines are available and more are answered in Boynton Health’s FAQ.