COVID-19 Update: Vaccines and January return to campus

Scenes from Cameron Avenue on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on November 18, 2021. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,

As 2021 comes to an end, we hope that everyone is able to rest, recharge and enjoy the December break. We are so impressed with your participation in the Carolina Together Testing Program and adherence to the COVID-19 Community Standards that has allowed us to complete the fall semester and stay healthy. Between Dec. 6 and Dec. 12, the positivity rate notably declined to just 0.32%. Thank you!

As we look toward 2022, we continue to urge everyone in the Carolina Community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine. If you are over 18 years old and received your last COVID-19 vaccination more than 6 months ago, the CDC recommends you get your  COVID-19 booster. This additional vaccine is the best way to protect you and your community. Below, we are sharing more information about the return to campus in January:

Carolina Together Testing Program

  • Visit the Carolina Together website for the finals week and winter break testing schedule
  • On-campus testing will resume with regular hours on Monday, Jan.3.
  • All unvaccinated students must participate in re-entry testing.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will be required to participate in weekly asymptomatic testing.
  • Symptomatic COVID-19 testing will be available at Campus Health. Faculty and Staff should contact their healthcare provider for symptomatic testing.

COVID-19 Community Standards

Flu Vaccination

Flu cases are on the rise across the country, and there have been multiple cases on college campuses, including ours. Receiving the flu vaccine is another way to stay healthy and lessen the overall burden facing the healthcare system. We encourage everyone to receive theirs and self-report that they have done so.

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a challenge that our community has faced and overcome by adhering to the COVID-19 Community Standards. We will continue to monitor the data and make decisions based on science and the well-being of everyone in our community.

With sincere regards,


The Carolina Together Testing Program Team