|Dear Coral Gables and Marine Campus Faculty and Staff (non-UHealth/Miller School),|
As President Frenk has noted, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. We remain adaptive and responsive in our approach to changing conditions and want to convey important updates to the message we sent last week.
Members of the Medical Campus should follow the current UHealth/Miller School guidelines. Changes to Medical Campus guidelines will come from medical communications.
We are making the adjustments below to COVID-19 policies for our return to the Coral Gables and Marine campuses in January 2022:
Definition of Fully Vaccinated: To be considered fully vaccinated, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral associates, subject to the five exemptions outlined in Florida law, must be at least two weeks past receiving:
The Pfizer (2 shots), Moderna (2 shots), or Johnson & Johnson (1 shot) vaccine; and
The appropriate booster shot, six months after a second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or two months after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Deadline for Booster Shots: Employees must upload proof of vaccination, including booster shots, or seek an approved exemption in Workday by January 18, 2022, the day spring classes begin. Those who are not yet within the booster window will be required to receive their booster shots as early as possible once they become eligible.
Application of Exemptions: Exemptions to the vaccination requirement that have already been granted will apply to booster shots; requests for continued exemptions are not required if granted previously.
Start of Spring 2022 Semester: Despite rising infections, our expectation is that there will not be a delay in the start of Spring 2022 classes, although extra-curricular activities may pivot to online formats for a time. Return-to-campus for students, move-in, and orientation will proceed as scheduled. There are currently no changes to the published academic calendar, and we will continue to assess the local and national situation.
Return-to-Campus for Students: While not required, we strongly urge students to get their booster shots before returning to campus. Specific guidelines will be communicated again to students during the week of January 3.
Return-to-Campus for Staff Employees: As with the start of spring classes, hybrid return to the office as scheduled the first week in January will proceed as planned, subject to any additional guidance provided by Human Resources.
If you have questions regarding any of the above, please contact your Human Resources liaison or Faculty Affairs. Additional details on how to upload your vaccine information or seek an exemption will be communicated by Human Resources and Faculty Affairs the first week of January. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to a successful 2022.
With our continued best wishes for the holidays,
Jeffrey L. Duerk, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Jacqueline A. Travisano, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Operating Officer