Dear U-M Student,
The first day of class is rapidly approaching, along with the deadline to share your vaccination information. More than 90 percent of students have already submitted their vaccination record. Great work, Wolverines!
A COVID-19 vaccination is highly effective in protecting against serious COVID-19 infection, and combined with the U-M face covering policy, offers the opportunity for a more normal Michigan experience for you and approximately 47,000 other students this fall. In addition to helping protect immunocompromised Wolverines, it also helps shield the young and elderly family members of our U-M community.
Any student who is not fully vaccinated by August 30, 2021 will be required to get tested weekly for COVID-19 until they are fully vaccinated. This includes those who are not fully vaccinated for any reason, including partially vaccinated individuals, students for whom their last dose of vaccination was less than 14 days ago, and students with approved exemptions or temporary postponements or those awaiting a response to their exemption request.
Students who have not taken action to either report their full or partial vaccination or submit a request for exemption or temporary postponement by August 30, 2021 will have an administrative hold placed on their account and could be subject to other accountability measures. An administrative hold on your student account will prevent add/drop of classes, future term registration, and transcript release. Administrative holds can be placed on student accounts at any time, and will occur if a student does not comply with the vaccine requirement or with weekly testing requirements.
If you haven’t shared your information yet, we need to hear from you by August 30, 2021. Take one of the following actions today:
- To report that you have received all doses of a vaccine series, submit information via the COVID-19 Vaccination Completed form.
- To report that you have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine series, submit information via the Partial COVID-19 Vaccination form. Then, get your second dose as soon as you are eligible, and resubmit your vaccination form to be exempted from mandatory weekly testing.
- Request a medical or religious exemption or a temporary postponement (if unable to obtain a WHO or FDA-approved vaccine where you are living currently) via the Exemptions and Temporary Postponement Request form.
- Contact the Campus COVID-19 Call Center if you need assistance submitting your information. The Call Center can be reached at 734-936-7000, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week (holidays excluded).
Haven’t got your shot yet? Multiple vaccine clinics and appointments are available in a variety of campus locations. Check Maize and Blueprint for the latest availability. There is no out-of-pocket cost, and insurance is not required. If you are still unsure about getting vaccinated, you can talk with an adviser about the vaccine’s safety and the role of vaccination in personal and community health.
We will follow up directly with students who do not share vaccination information with the University by the deadline and with students who are not testing weekly as required. But before this happens, we encourage you to hold yourself accountable as a Michigan Wolverine. Staying compliant with University policies is simple: get vaccinated or, if you have an approved exemption or temporary postponement, get tested weekly at a campus testing site.
Over the past year and a half, we have seen countless examples of how deeply you care about your fellow Wolverines. Thank you for your continued commitment to the health and safety of our campus community—to the Wolverine Culture of Care. It is a constant testament to how you have earned the title “Leaders and Best.”
Go Blue—and see you back on campus soon!
Martino Harmon, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life