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Standing Strong at UMFK: Spring 2022 COVID Update

January 8, 2022
Posted by: University of Maine at Fort Kent

Per UMS Chancellor Malloy's message sent on January 4th to address the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the pandemic's evolution demands that we take greater advantage of the extra protection that booster shots give us. Thus, in addition to our vaccination, exemption, and testing protocols from last semester, we'll be following new CDC guidance and, starting February 1, require regular testing for students who are not fully boosted by then. Returning residential students must also test and, unless they've had a booster shot or are very recently vaccinated, will be asked to quarantine to await negative test results for their initial test.

The UMS policy statement cites three exemptions to the vaccination requirements:

  1. Documented medical contraindications: a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant that, in the provider’s professional judgment, immunization may be medically inadvisable.
  2. Sincerely held religious beliefs: a signed statement from the student (or guardian if the student is a minor) that the student’s sincerely held religious beliefs are contrary to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
  3. Remote learning only: a signed statement from the student (or guardian if the student is a minor) that the student will only enroll in remote learning courses that involve no participation in an on-campus experience at any University location.

Students can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccination mandate by reviewing the UMS policy statement here. Students who have already received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine may provide proof of vaccination through the UMS COVID-19 Vaccination Verification Tool. Students can find instructions on providing vaccination information in the UMS Vaccination Verification User Guide here.

Additionally, from January 3 until January 23, the entire in-person population is being asked to test for COVID-19.

Testing Dates, Times, and Locations

Date Time Testing Location
Monday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Sports Center Classroom
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Sports Center Classroom
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Sports Center Classroom
Thursday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Sports Center Classroom
Friday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Sports Center Classroom

We all know that there is no one single COVID safety protocol that will stop Omicron, Delta, or COVID generally from spreading. We use the combination of vaccines, face coverings, testing, isolation and quarantine, enhanced cleaning and hygiene, group size limitations and social distancing, and other measures together to limit COVID's spread and give us the best chance of staying together safely.

Even though booster shots have not yet been mandated by governmental authorities, the strong consensus of the medical, public health, and scientific communities is that booster shots significantly increase our protection against COVID and its spread. If the CDC adds booster shots to what it means to be fully vaccinated, we expect to do the same, and we could do so sooner if it seems necessary to do so to maintain the health of our university community. Everyone should get ready for that and get a booster shot as soon as possible.

UMFK COVID-19 Booster Shot Clinics

The University of Maine at Fort Kent will hold COVID-19 booster shot clinics on campus. All three vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Jansen) will be available. Dates, times, and locations are listed below.

Clinic Dates, Times, and Locations

Date Time Location
January 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Sports Center Classroom

Thank you for your continued efforts to provide a healthy and safe learning experience for our UMFK community.