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October 2021 Communications

October 28 - Latest Shelby County Health Directive

Campus Community:
 
Shelby County Health Department Order No. 27, issued Oct. 27, adjusts mask requirements to “highly recommended” for Shelby County businesses. It still requires masks be worn in school settings. As we have done throughout the course of this pandemic, we carefully consider the latest health guidance provided by the CDC, state and local authorities when making decisions regarding campus safety. Our current protocols have allowed us to continue to offer a full range of services to our campus community while keeping us safe. At this time, the University is not making any adjustments to our COVID-19 protocols, and masks are still required on campus while indoors and in places where maintaining appropriate social distancing is not possible. We will continue to monitor federal, state and local guidance and will reevaluate at the end of the fall semester. We will inform the campus community should there be a need for changes.

We continue to offer access to vaccinations on campus and encourage faculty, staff and students to take advantage of such. Learn more and register >
 
For the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis, testing details and vaccine information, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.


October 26 - Vaccinations On Campus

In a continued effort to keep our campus and community safe, the University of Memphis is partnering with Baptist Medical Group (BMG) to offer COVID-19 vaccinations on our campus through the fall semester. BMG will provide the FDA-approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Vaccinations will be on the first floor of the University Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days:

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

Review information regarding booster eligibility > 

Faculty, staff and students who receive their vaccination at an on-campus event will be eligible to receive a Chick-fil-A meal coupon and select Tiger merchandise from our bookstore. To redeem, you must present your valid University ID and a copy of your CDC vaccination card from the campus location with that week's date.
 
For any questions regarding this vaccine distribution, please call 901.227.TEST (8378). In an effort to support our faculty and staff that have yet to be vaccinated, we are providing up to two hours of administrative leave for each dose. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner.

As a public university in Tennessee, we are not able to require vaccinations for students. That authority rests with the Governor and Tennessee Legislature. The University recently shared information regarding Executive Order 14042, an order requiring that all employees of organizations that perform work for the federal government (federal contractors) provide proof of being fully vaccinated no later than December 8, unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation due to a medical condition or religious belief. Note that a call for a third session of the 112th General Assembly has been issued and will bring both the House and Senate back into session on October 27, 2021, to allow for legislation related to vaccines, masks and other restrictions relative to COVID-19. As we wait on further guidance from the state, we strongly encourage University faculty, staff and student employees that are not vaccinated to again consider getting the vaccine. 

To comply with the original executive order date of December 8:

  • You will need to receive your first dose of the Moderna two-dose vaccine no later than October 27, 2021, or the Pfizer two-dose vaccine no later than November 2, 2021, and your second dose of either vaccine no later than November 23, 2021. 
  • If you opt to get the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) one-shot vaccine, the deadline would be no later than November 23, 2021.   
    • Please note that according to the federal guidelines, a person is only considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the J&J vaccine or the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. 

COVID-19 testing is also available on campus. For testing details, vaccine information and the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.


October 21 - Time Sensitive Executive Order 14042 and What We Know

Dear Faculty, Staff and Student Employees:

The University is committed to providing a safe campus environment and has done so by following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health authorities. On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors,” requiring that all employees of organizations that perform work for the federal government (federal contractors) provide proof of being fully vaccinated no later than December 8, unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation due to a medical condition or religious belief. This order includes the University of Memphis (faculty, staff and student employees), and we are currently evaluating the executive order to determine its applicability to campus.

Note that a call for a third session of the 112th General Assembly has been issued and will bring both the House and Senate back into session on October 27, 2021, to allow for legislation related to vaccines, masks and other restrictions relative to COVID-19. We will share further details about changes, requirements and expectations as they become available from this legislative session.
 
As we wait on further guidance from the state, we strongly encourage those that are not vaccinated to again consider getting the vaccine. To comply with the original executive order date of December 8:

  • You will need to receive your first dose of the Moderna two-dose vaccine no later than October 27, 2021, or the Pfizer two-dose vaccine no later than November 2, 2021, and your second dose of either vaccine no later than November 23, 2021. 
  • If you opt to get the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) one-shot vaccine, the deadline would be no later than November 23, 2021.  
    • Please note that according to the federal guidelines, a person is only considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the J&J vaccine or the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. 

Should it be determined that the University is subject to the mandates, we will inform you about next steps to ensure full compliance. As a reminder, all employees are eligible for two hours of paid leave to receive each vaccination. For your convenience, the University is offering vaccinations on campus. Additionally, you may find local sites offering vaccines at covid19.memphistn.gov.

Please know that we realize this is a delicate situation with various strong, personal beliefs attached. Your patience and understanding are appreciated as the University moves through the process of addressing this latest federal mandate.

For questions concerning legal exemptions and accommodations, contact your Human Resources Business Partner.

For the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis, testing details and vaccine information, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.


October 5 - Vaccinations On Campus

In a continued effort to keep our campus and community safe, the University of Memphis is partnering with Baptist Medical Group (BMG) to offer COVID-19 vaccinations on our campus. BMG will provide the FDA-approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Vaccinations will be available on the following days:

October 7 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Centennial Place - Register >
October 28 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | University Center first floor - Register >

Please note that while the Centennial Place residence hall is this week's location, all campus community members are welcome. Please enter on the Norriswood Ave side. Signage will direct participants to the vaccine site.

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

Review information regarding booster eligibility > 

Faculty, staff and students who receive their vaccination at an on-campus event will be eligible to receive a Chick-fil-A meal coupon and select Tiger merchandise from our bookstore. To redeem, you must present your valid University ID and a copy of your CDC vaccination card from the campus location with that week's date.
 
For any questions regarding this vaccine distribution, please call 901.227.TEST (8378). In an effort to support our faculty and staff that have yet to be vaccinated, we are providing up to two hours of administrative leave for each dose. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner.

The University strongly encourages all on our campus to get vaccinated. As a public university in Tennessee, we are not able to require vaccination. That authority rests with the Governor and Tennessee Legislature.

COVID-19 testing is also available on campus. For testing details, vaccine information and the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.