Vaccination

Is UNE requiring all on-campus students and employees to be vaccinated?

Yes, all students and employees, unless granted a medical or religious exemption, are required to be fully vaccinated and are required to receive a booster vaccine dose in order to protect the safety and well-being of the UNE community.

Is UNE requiring all on-campus students and employees to receive a booster vaccine?

Yes, all on-campus students and all on-campus employees must receive a booster vaccine by February 16, 2022 in order to protect the safety and well-being of the UNE community. Once boosted, students should upload a copy of their vaccine card to the student health portal.

Note: Individuals who may not be eligible for booster shots based on their initial vaccination date may attend class. 

If you have questions regarding the safety and efficacy of booster vaccines, please email studenthealth@une.edu and a member of the Student Health Services team would be happy to speak with you.  

What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”?

According to the CDC, being “fully vaccinated” means that a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. UNE requires that, unless they have received an exemption, all students and employees are BOTH fully vaccinated and “up-to-date,” meaning that they have received a COVID-19 booster dose in addition to their primary series of vaccine.

How do students report vaccination/booster status to the University?
How do employees report vaccination/booster status to the University?

Benefit-eligible employees must enter their vaccination and booster information and upload an image of their vaccination card in PeopleAdmin, the system established by UNE to track vaccine information for employees. Detailed instructions (PDF) are available.

If I have not yet gotten a booster vaccine and I test positive for COVID-19, am I still required to get the booster by February 16, 2022? 

Any individual who has had a documented COVID-19 infection may wait up to 90 days after the date of their positive test to receive a vaccine booster, but they must get a booster by day 90 to comply with UNE's booster mandate. According to the CDC, individuals may safely choose to receive their booster prior to 90 days if they have completed their isolation period and their symptoms have resolved.

Where can I find a vaccination site?

You can find information on vaccine locations in Maine on the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination in Maine page. We encourage you to check multiple sites for vaccine/booster appointment availability, and to continue to check these sites if you aren’t immediately able to make an appointment.

Do the vaccination and booster mandates allow for exemptions?

The University will allow for religious and medical (if approved by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) exemptions to the policy, but vaccination may still be required for specific clinical and academic programs and activities. Vaccination will also be required to participate in certain voluntary activities and programs.

Please note that these exemptions only apply to the COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. A new Maine law, effective September 1, 2021, eliminates exemptions for students for the vaccines against diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella and tetanus, which will be required.

 

How do I request an exemption?

Employees who believe they are eligible for a medical exemption, or an exemption based upon a sincerely held religious belief must contact Human Resources at hr-covid19questions@une.edu.

Students who believe they are eligible for a medical exemption, or an exemption based upon a sincerely held religious belief must complete this form and return it to UNE Student Health Services. Failure to provide information needed in this process may impact students' ability to register for housing and classes. In order to be consistent with Maine law regarding exemptions to state-mandated COVID-19 vaccinations, UNE allows only licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to complete the medical provider portion of the exemption form.  

Will UNE accept a medical exemption form completed by from a naturopathic provider, chiropractor, acupuncturist, or other complementary/alternative medical providers?

In order to be consistent with Maine law regarding exemptions to state-mandated COVID-19 vaccinations, UNE allows only licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to complete the medical provider portion of the exemption form.  
 

Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination program in Maine?

The Office of the Governor and Maine CDC have provided a comprehensive FAQ on this website.

Other

Do I still need to wear a mask on campus?

Masks are optional not required outdoors on UNE’s campuses, except in health care settings (i.e., Student Health Centers, Oral Health Center, OMM clinic, dental hygiene clinics, athletic training room, etc.), where they continue to be required.

Please note that neck gaiters, bandanas, scarves, and masks with exhalation vents are not allowed. Personal protective equipment (PPE) may also be required for certain clinical, research, or other activities. 

UNE continues to monitor U.S. and Maine CDC guidelines regarding masking, and requirements, therefore, are subject to change. As mask requirements evolve, it is important that at UNE we value a culture that does not shame or discourage people from wearing masks to protect their health and the health of others if they choose to do so.

What do I do if I test positive?

Students and employees who test positive will isolate for five days if asymptomatic. If you have been exposed and you are fully vaccinated, including receiving a booster dose, but you have not tested positive, you are not required to isolate, but you must wear a mask for 10 days when around others.

Those who test positive and have symptoms must continue to isolate until symptoms resolve.

For more information on how to report your positive test to UNE, see below. 

If I test positive, how do I report it to UNE?

Students who have tested positive through a test administered at UNE will be informed of their test results by University personnel and will be advised of when their period of isolation will conclude. That same provider will ask the student about their living environment and discuss with them what constitutes a close contact so proper notification can be made.
 
Students who test positive through a home test or a test administered off campus must upload their test results to the Patient Portal, where they will be prompted to schedule a phone call with Student Health Services to confirm their isolation period.

Employees must report their test results to Human Resources at hr-covid19questions@une.edu.

Is physical distancing still required on campus?

Social distancing is no longer required on UNE’s campuses (both outdoors and indoors). 

Is UNE still tracking on-campus cases of COVID-19?

On May 17, 2021, UNE provided a final update to the UNE Onward case reporting dashboard. The University will continue to track positive cases of the virus among our population internally. 

How do I know if I should stay home from classes or work?

If you have one of the lower risk symptoms (headache, runny nose/congestion, nausea, diarrhea), associated with COVID-19 and no known exposure to someone who has tested positive for the virus, you may continue to attend class/work while remaining masked. You should take care to monitor your symptoms and contact the Student Health Center or your primary care physician if you develop additional symptoms. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

If you have one of the higher risk symptoms of COVID-19 (new, uncontrolled cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; loss of taste or smell; a fever of 100.4; sore throat), you should remain at home or in your residence hall room and contact the Student Health Center or your primary care physician. You are expected to follow the guidance of the provider who assesses your symptoms and adhere to their treatment plan which may include rapid or PCR testing. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Can students get a COVID-19 test on campus?

Student Health Services is offering a limited amount of on-demand COVID-19 testing for all students. Testing will be available on both campuses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. No appointment is needed. It is important to note that Student Health Services is experiencing a shortage of both staffing and tests, and we are working to address both in order to expand testing and best serve our students.  

Whom do I contact from UNE if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should contact Student Health Services. Employees who test positive should contact Human Resources.

Is the University conducting contact tracing?

No. Public health guidelines regarding contact tracing have changed since the rollout of vaccines. The University is following Maine CDC guidance, which states that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should determine who their close contacts are and notify them of their exposure. 

A close contact of someone who tests positive does not need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. They should wear a mask when around others, continue to monitor for symptoms, and isolate and get tested if symptoms develop. For anyone who is unsure if they had close contact, monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after last exposure to the person. More information can be found on the Maine CDC website

What is the definition of a close contact?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, for example, three individual five-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes. 

Are visitors allowed on UNE’s campuses?

Yes, visitors are allowed on UNE’s campuses. Masking is optional.

Is UNE open for prospective student tours?
Are students able to study abroad?

All University travel and study abroad programs are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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