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April 2021 Communications

April 30 - COVID-19 Campus Updates

In accordance with the Executive Order issued by Governor Lee and the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the University is amending the COVID-19 policy as follows.
 
Beginning May 7, faculty, staff and students will no longer be required to wear masks outside on campus grounds. We will still require masks to be worn inside on all University facilities (Main Campus, Park Avenue, Lambuth, Millington, Collierville and the Law School). We will continue to maintain appropriate social distancing both inside and outside. As a reminder, face masks must fit and be worn appropriately:

  • Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth;
  • Fasten securely with ties or ear loops and allow the individual to remain hands-free;
  • Fit snugly, but comfortably, against the side of the face;
  • Can be disposable or reusable; and
  • Should be made of breathable material.

The University of Memphis will continue providing a voluntary vaccine community service for faculty, staff and students in partnership with the City of Memphis and the Baptist Medical Group. As a reminder, there is widespread vaccine availability without an appointment, and the University is offering a shuttle to the Pipkin site Monday through Friday through May 7. Register at bit.ly/VaccineRide.
 
Additionally, the Baptist Memorial Group (BMG) will provide first and second doses of Pfizer vaccine to faculty, staff and students on Thursday, May 13, from 9 am-4 pm in the Rose Theatre Lobby. This site does not require pre-registration. For any questions regarding this vaccine distribution, please call 901.227.TEST (8377). 
 
The University is shifting COVID-19 testing from the Hub to the Student Health Center. The facility will offer testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 am-2:30 pm. If an individual needs testing outside of these dates and times, please contact the health center at studenthealth@memphis.edu or 901.678.2287.


April 16 - Vaccination Clarification

As a follow-up to the previous message regarding vaccine availability both on and off-campus, the University of Memphis is simply providing a community service that is voluntary for faculty, staff and students in partnership with the City of Memphis and the Baptist Medical Group.

For any questions regarding this information, please contact Dr. Justin Lawhead, Dean of Students and Chief Health and Safety Officer, at justin.lawhead@memphis.edu


April 16 - Vaccine Availability on Campus Update

We are now looking forward to a fall semester with on-ground classes, a wide array of activities and exciting fall sports. To do this safely and comfortably for all University community members, we must do our part by following the best practices for responding to COVID. This means, above all, ensuring our University community members are vaccinated before the fall semester starts. As a reminder, there is widespread availability of vaccinations without an appointment in our area, and the University is offering a shuttle to these sites Monday through Friday (bit.ly/VaccineRide).
 
To support greater access to the vaccine, the University of Memphis is partnering with Baptist Medical Group (BMG) to provide the Pfizer vaccine to faculty, staff and students on Thursday, April 22, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Rose Theatre Lobby. You may register here or call 901.227.8378 for more information and/or to schedule an appointment. Employees can use sick leave to get vaccinated, and if sick leave is not available, they can use annual leave.
 
BMG will return to campus on Thursday, May 13, to provide the second dose of the vaccine. BMG will schedule second appointments before individuals leave from the first appointment. If any individual cannot attend the second appointment at the UofM, they will be eligible to receive a second dose at any location in-state or nationwide.
 
The Zach Curlin Garage will be open for parking on vaccination days to provide easy entry to the site. 
 
For any questions regarding this information, please contact Dr. Justin Lawhead, Dean of Students and Chief Health and Safety Officer, at justin.lawhead@memphis.edu.


April 12 - Vaccine Availability and Shuttle Service Update

The University is partnering with the City of Memphis to provide expedited access to vaccines. Students, faculty and staff may be vaccinated without an appointment at the Pipkin Building. You are requested to come to the entrance at Central and Early Maxwell with a UofM ID. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. through 7 p.m., seven days a week. The vaccine immunization form is available online for individuals to complete before going to the site. More information can be found at covid19.memphistn.gov.
 
The University will also offer a shuttle to the Pipkin Building for interested UofM students, faculty and staff. The pickup point will be in front of the Student Health Center, and the departure times will be Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The shuttle has a maximum capacity of ten individuals, and masks are required. Individuals are asked to sign up for the shuttle at bit.ly/VaccineRide to ensure capacity limits are maintained. The shuttle service begins Wednesday, April 14. View more information regarding the route at blueline.doublemap.com/map.
 
For any questions regarding this information, please contact Dr. Justin Lawhead, Dean of Students and Chief Health and Safety Officer, at justin.lawhead@memphis.edu.


April 6 - Immediate Vaccines Available

The City of Memphis has contacted the University to remind our campus community that many vaccines are still available this week. The most significant amount accessible is at the Pipkin Building, which is located beside the Liberty Bowl Stadium. We understand this is short notice, but felt it was essential to convey this information. These vaccines must be administered before a University of Memphis on-site location will be considered. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of these xisting vaccines and their immediate availability. You can find vaccine scheduling information here: https://covid19.memphistn.gov/.

The University will remain in contact with the City regarding vaccine distribution and provide updates as available.

For any questions regarding this information, please contact Dr. Justin Lawhead, Dean of Students and Chief Health and Safety Officer, at justin.lawhead@memphis.edu.


.April 5 - Vaccine Update

The University continues to actively monitor vaccine availability and distribution. The vaccine is now available to individuals who are 16 years of age and older in Shelby County. For more information about scheduling and where to get vaccinated, please visit https://covid19.memphistn.gov/.
 
The University of Memphis is still working with the State to serve as a vaccine site for all faculty, staff and students. We will immediately update you once any progress is made with these efforts.