Dear UVM Students,

I'm writing with great news for all UVM students.

Vaccines

Beginning Thursday, April 29, anyone 16 and older can sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont. The first step is to register with the Vermont Department of Health. Once your account is created as part of the registration process, you can log in and sign up to be vaccinated.

I am particularly excited to announce that UVM will host a vaccine clinic at Patrick Gym on Sunday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health and Walgreens Pharmacy. The single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be administered at this clinic.

Once you have registered with the Vermont Department of Health and created an account, you can schedule an appointment for the vaccine clinic at Patrick Gym (note Login at the top of the page) on Sunday, May 2. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early. You can begin signing up for appointments at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021. Note that you must be at least 18 years old to receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Read additional information and FAQs about vaccines.

To expedite the process at Patrick Gym on Sunday, please complete this form and bring it with you. If you do not complete the form in advance, you will need to do it when you arrive.

I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to get vaccinated on campus. If you have questions, please consult with your health care provider. We may be offering more clinics on campus and will let you know once they are confirmed.

Update on Masks/Facial Coverings

The CDC yesterday announced updated guidance for people who are fully vaccinate not needing to wear masks outdoors. At this time, UVM is still requiring everyone to wear masks outdoors on campus even if you are fully vaccinated.

Changes in Household Gathering Guidelines

UVM is changing the requirements related to on- and off-campus multi-household gatherings. The following updates are effective immediately.

On-Campus Requirements for Multi-Household Gatherings

The University of Vermont, for the purpose of compliance with directions from the State of Vermont, defines an on-campus household as an individual student’s residence hall room or a suite. Updated guidelines now allow the following:

  1. Students in traditional-style rooms can have one guest per occupant of the room, and everyone must wear masks.
  2. Students in suite-style rooms, defined as spaces with a shared common room, can have two guests per suite (not per resident). Everyone must wear masks.
  3. Guests must be current UVM students living on campus.
  4. Off-campus students and visitors not affiliated with UVM, including family members, are not permitted in the residence halls.
  5. Students should follow the Green and Gold Promise and all policies related to guests.
  6. Students who allow visitors into their residence hall rooms are encouraged to keep a contact journal of those visitors and must be open and honest with contact tracers.

Off-Campus Requirements for Multi-Household Gatherings

The University of Vermont defines an off-campus household, including those residing in Redstone Apartments and Lofts, as a single housing unit (apartment or house) with single or multiple tenants. Specific guidelines include:

  1. Fully vaccinated* individuals and households are now able to gather with other fully vaccinated individuals or households.
  2. Unvaccinated households may get together with one other unvaccinated household and as many vaccinated individuals and households as they wish.
  3. Students who allow visitors into their household are encouraged to keep a contact journal of those visitors and must be open and honest with contact tracers.
  4. Facial coverings/masks are not required but are strongly encouraged, and you should remain 6 feet apart.

*Fully vaccinated means it has been 14 days since your final vaccine dose. The day you get your shot is considered Day 0.

  • For a two-dose vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you received your second dose.
  • For a single-dose vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving your one dose.

If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students offices at deanofstudents@uvm.edu

Commencement

Finally, a reminder to students who are graduating on Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21. As you look forward to Commencement, please be aware that students who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 on or after May 9 (for the May 20 ceremony) or May 10 (for the May 21 ceremony) will not be able to attend Commencement in person. We are still seeing COVID-19 cases on and off campus, so diligence in following our public health principles is critical. Now is the time to be extra cautious!  Please check the Commencement website for regular updates.

PUBLISHED

04-28-2021
Gary Derr Vice President for Operations and Public Safety