Dear Faculty and Staff,
As we eagerly prepare for those of you who will return to campus at the start of Summer B on June 28, we write to make you aware of a few upcoming changes regarding the university’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts. The following plans, made in the context of the evolving pandemic and loosening federal guidelines, signify the university’s continued focus on vaccinations as the path back to normalcy as well as our commitment to fully reviving the vibrant on-campus environment that helps define UF.
Our focus on vaccinating students, employees, and members of the community remains steadfast. By the start of Summer B, we expect to offer vaccination pop-up sites in high-traffic locations throughout campus. This will augment the success of spring vaccination efforts by UF Health Screen, Test & Protect, and the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County, which helped achieve county vaccination rates of 55%, among the highest in the state.
On June 18, UF Health Screen, Test & Protect is expected to complete its phase-out of its routine testing program. However, UF will continue to offer COVID-19 tests through ONE.UF. Additionally, to ensure the continued health of our campus community and that our positivity rates remain low, UF Health Screen, Test & Protect, through its collaboration with the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County, will continue to isolate those who have tested positive for the virus and quarantine unvaccinated individuals who are identified as contacts of someone who has tested positive. Vaccinated people who are exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus and are asymptomatic can continue their campus-related presence as normal.
We are eager to welcome many of you back to campus for the first time since the pandemic. However, we are also mindful this is a time of transition. All of us are encouraged to be patient and understanding of one another as normal activity resumes at work locations on campus and throughout the state. Thank you for your continued resilience as well as your commitment to the important work you do at this university.
Joe Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Charlie Lane, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
David R. Nelson, M.D., Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, UF & President, UF Health
David Norton, Vice President for Research
Win Phillips, Chief of Staff, Office of the President