COVID-19 update: Positivity rates leveling and employee vaccination requirement deadline approaching

Students on Polk Place in front of South Building
Scenes from Polk Place on October 8, 2021, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,

We are happy to report that COVID-19 positivity rates continue to hold steady and low. This trend is due to the continued efforts of Carolina faculty, staff and students. Between Oct. 25 and Oct. 31, we saw a stable positivity rate of 0.25%. Because of the consistently low positivity rates, the Carolina Together Testing Program team has decided to pause weekly CTTP updates. We will continue to closely monitor data and let you know if there is a significant change.

Federal Employee Vaccine Requirement

President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 and guidance issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force requires “covered employees of federal contractors” to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than Jan. 4, 2022.* The requirement applies to full-time, part-time and temporary Carolina employees, as well as those working remotely or under flexible work arrangements. Postdoctoral scholars and graduate assistants are also subject to the requirement.

UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and staff can be vaccinated at the Carolina Vaccination Clinic. We strongly encourage making an appointment for the vaccine. You may find additional vaccine locations listed on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website. If you are a UNC Health patient, visit the UNC Health vaccine page.

We know that this has been a challenging time for everyone at Carolina, and the CTTP team appreciates your commitment to move our campus toward a more normal spring semester by adhering to the COVID-19 Community Standards.


The Carolina Together Testing Program Team

*This post was edited on Nov. 9, 2021 in accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 and guidance from the Safer Workforce Task Force to extend the deadline for employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to Jan. 4, 2022. Learn more on the COVID-19 Vaccination page.