COVID-19 Vaccinations Required for Students, Faculty and Staff for Fall 2021
On April 27, Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Department of Higher Education Executive Director Angie Paccione issued a statement of support for COVID-19 vaccination requirements, signaling their expectation that colleges and universities issue mandates to ensure a full and healthy college experience is possible in the fall.
Following this announcement and in collaboration with several other institutions of higher education across Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) announced it will require all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 beforethe start of the Fall 2021 semester, which began on August 23.
Reason for Policy
Vaccines are a proven and effective tool in combating the spread of communicable diseases
and their administration saves countless lives annually. The health and safety of
our students, faculty, and staff is the university’s highest priority. A broadly vaccinated
university community is key to providing a safe and healthy environment – ensuring
UNC’s return to a full schedule of in-person courses and restoring activities and
events that will allow students to enjoy experiential learning, campus life, and community
engagement opportunities this fall.
COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be highly effective at preventing moderate, severe, and critical illness, hospitalization, and death. The vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infection are also being proven safe every day, as tens of millions of Americans have already received them. It is expected that the vaccines available in the United States will receive full authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in the coming weeks and months.
All Coloradans age 12 and over are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for everyone 12 and over, and the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are approved for everyone 18 and over. We encourage eligible individuals to receive the vaccine as soon as possible through their health care provider, or one of the following vaccine providers:
The Weld County Health Department maintains an extensive list of vaccine providers in Weld County, including several within walking distance of campus or available by taking the Greeley Evans Transit (GET).
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment maintains a list of other vaccine providers across the state, including community vaccination sites, pharmacy locations and mobile vaccination clinics.
Visit vaccinefinder.org to search by zip code for clinics and pharmacies across the U.S. offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Appointments are required at most locations.