COVID-19 Vaccine

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Miami's Rollout Plan

If you anticipate or experience a disability-related barrier to scheduling a vaccine appointment or accessing the vaccination site, report an accessibility barrier. Electronic copies of the Emergency Use Authorizations and Vaccine Tip Sheet can be found at COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy and Safety.

Benefits of Vaccinations

Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Per recommended CDC guidelines, the following protocols apply to all individuals who have been fully vaccinated. A fully vaccinated individual is defined as two (2) weeks following the second injection (Pfizer or Moderna) or one (1) Johnson & Johnson injection. Guidance in this area will also be dictated by state/local health guidelines and local transmission rates and will be updated if CDC guidance changes:

  • Exempt from University’s surveillance testing program.
  • Following exposure to COVID-19, would not need to be tested unless symptomatic.
  • Following exposure to COVID-19, would not need to quarantine unless symptomatic.
  • Can interact with other fully vaccinated individuals without masking or physical distancing outdoors. Masks should be worn If unvaccinated people are present, or if you are uncertain whether all are vaccinated.
  • Not required to test prior to and following domestic travel.
  • Not required to quarantine following domestic travel.
  • Can visit with unvaccinated individuals from a single household, who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.

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Reported as of 5/4/2021

Students Vaccinated  |  3,841

Employees Vaccinated  |  2,193

Got Vaccinated? Tell us!

Faculty and staff, if you are fully vaccinated —both doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine— please consider informing the university of your vaccination status. We encourage you to report your vaccination status as we monitor our need for more clinics in the coming weeks and months.

Students, if you are fully vaccinated, use the MedProctor Portal to share your documentation with the university. Doing so will allow your test result/vaccination record to be shared with the Miami COVID-19 testing and response teams, as needed, in order to exempt you from testing, isolation, and/or quarantine.

After You are Vaccinated

Continue to follow safety best practices even after being vaccinated.

  • Mask Up
  • Back Up
  • Wash Up

Vaccine Work Impact FAQs

Updated April 26, 2021

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required for faculty, staff, or students?

Not at this time. We strongly encourage all faculty, staff, and students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at the earliest possible opportunity. The University will be holding vaccine clinics for employees this summer and for students this summer and again before classes start in the fall.

Students must submit proof of vaccination in order to be excused from testing. Additional work is underway to determine COVID-19 testing plans for fall semester.

Even though the University is not requiring the vaccine, can individual programs, departments, offices, etc. require their employees or students to be vaccinated?

Not at this time. All COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). EUAs require that each person be advised they have the right to refuse the vaccine.

Will students who intend to study abroad be required to be vaccinated?

Not at this time. However, all travel must conform to CDC Travel Guidelines. Please note that CDC Guidance for travel may differ for those who are fully vaccinated and some countries may require travelers to be vaccinated in order to enter the country.

May I ask students in my class if they are vaccinated?

No. There is no educational reason for faculty to obtain this information. Vaccination status is personal and you may not ask students in your class whether they are vaccinated. The Student Health Services collects individual student vaccination information. Students who are vaccinated may be excused from the University’s COVID-19 testing program.

Should I come to work if I experience side effects?

Some people in the clinical trial have experienced injection site pain or redness, fatigue, muscle/joint pain and headache. These side effects may be more likely after the second dose of the vaccine. It is OK to come to work with very minor symptoms. All others should be reported to your doctor. Employees will need to follow normal call-off procedures with a fever of 100°F or more.

Do I need to continue masking after I receive the vaccine?

Yes. Receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine will not change any requirements around masking and physical distancing at this time.

Are my family members eligible to receive the vaccine?

We are following the national, statewide and our institutional distribution plan. Initially, only employees will be eligible. As more vaccines become widely available, the University will revisit the issue.

May I ask employees I supervise if they are vaccinated?

No. There is no business reason for supervisors to ask this question. Human Resources and Academic Personnel Services are collecting vaccination information on a voluntary basis. Human Resources and Academic Personnel Services will not share individual vaccination information or use it to make any individual employment decision.

May I require employees who are not vaccinated to work from home?

No. You may not require employees who are not vaccinated to work from home. Vaccination status is not a factor to be considered when determining whether an employee may work from home.

If everyone in my office is vaccinated, do we need to wear masks or practice physical distancing?

Yes. While you are not required to wear a mask if you are working alone outside or in an office or cubicle, the CDC recommends all persons continue to wear masks and practice physical distancing. We expect this requirement will extend through the fall semester. If research and CDC guidance indicate this can be changed, the information will be shared and the requirement lifted.

What if I have more questions?

Contact Dawn Fahner at or Ruth Groom at