As you know, the University System of Maryland and UMBC are requiring students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the fall semester. Our success in achieving this goal is essential to returning not only to the physical campus but to the active, engaged campus life that makes UMBC a vibrant community.
Statistics from our regional health exchange indicate that nearly 80 percent of our community is already fully vaccinated. However, these statistics are shared with us anonymously and only half of our faculty, staff, and students have provided UMBC with the required vaccination documentation. In order to make important decisions regarding future masking, symptom tracking, and testing requirements, we need all of our community members to complete the vaccination process and report their vaccination. Please review the information below carefully and take the necessary steps to help us return to campus.
Please report your vaccination ASAP. It only takes about 30 seconds to complete the consent form to share your information with the University. Once you have reported, your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile will be updated, though this process may take up to two weeks.
Beginning on July 6, all faculty and staff will be approved to access campus. Community members who are fully vaccinated and whose vaccine has been reported and verified will no longer be required to test or symptom track. If you do become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19, we ask that you continue to complete the Case Report Form.
Unvaccinated individuals, individuals granted exemptions, and individuals who have not reported their vaccination will be provided specific instructions on the health and safety measures they must complete when they return to campus. This will include regular testing and symptom tracking. We are also still in negotiations on health and safety measures for represented employees. We will share specific information with you in the coming weeks.
Campus Vaccine Clinic
We will host an additional on-campus vaccine clinic on Tuesday, June 22 from 1-4 p.m. We will be administering the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine in partnership with Albertson’s/Safeway. You can sign up for your June 22 on-campus appointment here. Participants will be able to schedule their second shot at Safeway locations or other providers.
Community members requesting medical or religious exemptions should submit their request no later than July 6. Community members with an approved exemption will be required to follow additional health and safety protocols when on campus, including regular testing, which the University will provide. We will share more details with these community members in July.
Residential students need to be fully vaccinated and verified, or have an approved exemption on file, in order to be allowed to move on to campus. Residential students should report their vaccination ASAP.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe. We are looking forward to seeing all of you on campus in the fall.
Provost Philip Rous
Vice President for Administration and Finance Lynne Schaefer
COVID-19 Planning Coordinating Committee Co-Chairs