January 2022 Communications

January 13 - COVID-19 Updates

Dear Campus Community:

As has been the case nationally, our community has seen a significant rise in COVID-19 cases driven by the spread of the Omicron variant. The best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 continues to be vaccinations. We strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated and to also take advantage of booster shots. While vaccinated individuals may still contract the virus, they are significantly less likely to have severe illness or require hospitalization. Getting vaccinated will help protect you and those around you​ both at work and home. Vaccinations and boosters are critical for our campus to continue safe operations in the spring semester.

The University is continuing to partner with Baptist Medical Group (BMG) to offer COVID-19 vaccinations on campus. BMG will provide the FDA-approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Vaccinations will be on the first floor of the Maxine A. Smith University Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following days:

Pre-registration is required. If you have already scheduled your second dose with BMG, you do not need to register again.

Review information regarding booster eligibility > 
Classes will resume as originally scheduled on Tuesday, January 18. 

Current guidelines are as follows:

  • Masks are strongly recommended to be worn by all persons while indoors and in places where maintaining appropriate social distancing is not possible.
  • All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more >
  • Do not come to campus if you are experiencing symptoms, are in isolation or quarantine due to positive test results or exposure, pending test results, or have reason to believe you have come in contact with the virus.
  • Daily symptom monitoring and self-reporting of positive test results are required. View requirements and instructions >

The UofM preparedness committee and administration will continue to monitor all CDC guidelines and State laws and be prepared to implement any new or revised measures.
For the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis, testing details and vaccine information, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.