Dear Faculty and Staff,
As you are aware, we previously announced that we will require weekly testing for employees who have not attested that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. We are extending the deadline to receive your vaccine from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1 because we are seeing a positive trend in the overall number of faculty and staff who have attested to their vaccinations.
We continue to encourage all Carolina faculty and staff get a COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and effective at preventing severe illness and disease. As of last week, 89.7% of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and 96% of ICU admissions in UNC Health hospitals across the state have been unvaccinated individuals.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free and readily available. Faculty and staff can receive the vaccine at the Campus Health Pharmacy in the Student Stores, in central campus. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. In addition, the Carolina Together website has a list of vaccine sites in the local community.
Once you receive your vaccine, you must fill out the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification form in order to be exempt from required weekly testing. You will be asked for the type of vaccine you received, the dates and, optionally, to upload a photo of your vaccine card. This process takes less than 10 minutes. As a reminder, this information will not be shared with your colleagues or your supervisor.
If you complete these two steps – get fully vaccinated and then let us know – you will be automatically exempt from the weekly testing that will begin on October 1. If you choose not to get vaccinated or choose not to fill out the certification, you will be put into the list for required weekly testing and will be notified with instructions prior to that date.
Robert A. Blouin
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance