UNM cancels COVID vaccination requirement for fall semester: UNM Newsroom
The University of New Mexico has announced that it will not require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in August. Currently, the available vaccines are still under emergency use authorization by the FDA, so the UNM has chosen not to require vaccination during the fall semester, however, the UNM will continue to strongly urge its community to get vaccinated for everyone’s safety.
“We know that bringing our campus together and keeping us together safe requires large-scale vaccination,” UNM president Garnett S. Stokes said Thursday in a campus-wide email. “I know we’ve grown tired of over a year of pandemic restrictions, but it’s more important than ever to maximize vaccinations before we return for the fall. UNM’s approach will strongly encourage vaccination for all and do all we can to ensure that every Lobo is fully vaccinated.
After more than a year of mostly distance learning and working, assignments and mask testing, UNM approaches its full return to campus this fall with a sense of optimism and renewed purpose. Over the past 16 months, UNM has listened to the advice, perspectives and concerns of students and their families, faculty and staff, as well as highly trained medical experts from the Center for Health Sciences of the UNM (HSC), who have been on the front line for 18 months.
UNM has set an “ambitious goal” of 100 percent immunization for its community and will make immunization clinics available during move-in and welcome days in August, as well as other special events taking place. at UNM SUB and other campuses. Locations. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit the Bringing Back the Pack site for specific upcoming locations and times. The UNM is also discussing various vaccination incentive campaigns and other similar promotional efforts as well as possible challenges with other institutions.
During the pandemic, UNM has implemented numerous measures for the safety of the campus community, including a COVID dashboard to monitor campus traffic and positive COVID-19 results. Students, faculty and staff receive daily emails to report if they are showing symptoms of the disease and whether or not they intend to come to campus as part of the daily data available to the community of campus.
Many members of the campus community have voluntarily reported their immunization status on UNM’s COVID-19 dashboard – outside of UNM Health Sciences employees, more than 10,000 responded. “It is important to have this first set of information about UNM vaccinations, and I hope we can all continue to encourage each other to get vaccinated and to report your status; it is essential to assess the safety of our campuses.
Stokes also praised the efforts of the UNM Health Sciences Center and its # 10to100 challenge, which explores topics and challenges related to the COVID-19 vaccine with the goal of achieving 100% immunization. The UNM HSC currently has a very encouraging vaccination rate of 93 percent.
“We are in the distinctive and fortunate position of being home to the state’s only academic medical center – UNM HSC,” said Stokes. “We have outstanding researchers and practitioners whose expertise and experience inform both our own health advisory bodies and those of the state and who are trusted sources of information within our own university. “
UNM officials continue to urge those who are not vaccinated to continue to wear masks. If you need a vaccination, you can make an appointment 24/7 through the New Mexico Department of Health website.
“Our priority continues to create a safe learning, research, patient care and living environment for our Lobo and the communities at large. I look forward to challenging and inspiring ourselves and our fellow Lobos to reach that 100% in the weeks to come. We will determine milestones that will inform a continuous assessment process, all of which will be communicated with regular updates. “
For more information on UNM’s full return to campus, visit The Pack is Back: A Safe Return to Campus.