Let’s continue to be leaders.
University leaders have the confidence that we all can benefit from high vaccination rates and the protections those high rates afford to our community.
We placed confidence in our students, staff and faculty. You responded. Your commitment to this tried and true public health guidance became a success story as we maintained among the lowest levels of COVID-19 spread compared to our higher education peers and surrounding communities. Our work continues. We can have a fall semester full of face-to-face interactions and more, if we take one final step together: Get the vax today!
- We know COVID-19 vaccines are among the world’s best. U of M researchers were involved in vaccine development and testing. Early clinical trials are being confirmed by nearly months of actual experience — the vaccines used in the United States are among the safest and most effective vaccines available. The risks of getting a vaccine are far fewer than the symptoms or potential death linked to the COVID-19 virus.
- We know that vaccines help protect others. Vaccines provide much greater protection against getting and spreading COVID-19 than not being vaccinated. According to University medical experts, research and experience are showing that vaccinated individuals have much lower COVID-19 viral loads than unvaccinated people, significantly diminishing the likelihood that they spread it to others. And, of course, vaccines protect vaccinated people from infection. In fact, those fully vaccinated who come in close contact with a known case of COVID-19 are not considered exposed by public health officials in the absence of symptoms. In those rare cases when infections occur among vaccinated individuals, they are mild and not unexpected given that vaccines were designed to prevent serious disease. Vaccines’ effectiveness at also preventing most breakthrough COVID-19 infections is further proof of their efficacy.
- The University is committed to protecting your privacy. Legally and ethically, the University cannot use individual health data — including vaccination status — to treat members of our community differently. To protect privacy, we need everyone to step up and do their part by getting vaccinated so our community does not become divided based on vaccination status.
Is the vaccine mandatory for students, faculty and staff?
No. While the University of Minnesota is not making the vaccine mandatory for students, faculty, and staff, being vaccinated is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and our community from serious illness from COVID-19.
- By being vaccinated, you play a critical role in helping ensure our campuses remain open for learning and working, as well as for the gatherings and celebrations we have sorely missed.
- As a campus located in the heart of Med City, focused on health and as health sciences students, you are encouraged to check sources that showcase the science related to COVID-19 and the vaccine.
- Care for the safety and health of our campus community is a shared responsibility as we navigate this pandemic together.
How can I get the vaccine?
- Schedule a vaccine appointment with Olmsted Medical Center by calling 507.292.7300.
- Let your provider know you’d like to be vaccinated.
- Check with local pharmacies.
- Sign up on the MN vaccine connector.
Is my vaccine status public information?
No. Your vaccine status — whether you have received any vaccine dose — is private information. If you received a dose at a health care provider, including Boynton Health, your medical information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This means that these health care providers cannot disclose private medical data to your family, friends, or employer if you are over the age of 18. If you are age 17 or younger, your medical information may be subject to disclosure to your parent(s) or guardian(s).
Regardless of your vaccination status, if you are a University employee, the University or your supervisor cannot ask that you disclose your vaccine status. Should your supervisor ask you to disclose your vaccine status, please contact your human resources specialist.
If you are a student and are asked by a University employee to disclose your vaccination status, you may file a report with U Report.