University President Mark Schlissel urged students to report when they receive their final COVID-19 vaccine dose in an email sent to the University of Michigan community Friday.
Individuals can self-report when they receive their final dose using a tool in Wolverine Access. After completing a survey and uploading a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination card or other verifying documentation to Wolverine Access, students will be exempted from participating in the mandatory requirements for testing during the spring and summer semesters. These students will also not be required through the University to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19.
Throughout the winter semester, students living in residence halls, working on-campus or attending in-person classes have been required to participate in mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing through the U-M COVID-19 Community Sampling & Tracking Program.
In his email, Schlissel said the information will be used to assess public health conditions, help with decision making and exempt fully vaccinated students from some requirements.
“We’ll use the information to make decisions in relation to student experiences on campus and within the residence halls, as well as aid in granting exemptions from testing and quarantine requirements for vaccinated students,” Schlissel wrote.
In a recent interview with The Daily, Martino Harmon, vice president of Student Life, said he hoped next semester would be a transition back to more normal, in-person campus experiences. In his email, Schlissel wrote a more in-person fall semester is dependent on students getting vaccinated and reporting this to the University.
“It will help our physicians and public health experts better understand campus health and safety, while also allowing Student Life to provide more in-person experiences on campus,” Schlissel wrote.
Additionally, Schlissel informed the community that though the number of students with COVID-19 has been steadily decreasing, student cases still make up 8% of all cases in the county.
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