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) is announcing it will require all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before the start of the Fall 2021 semester, which begins August 23. The requirement is contingent upon one or more of the vaccines receiving full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as adequate availability of the fully approved vaccines. 

“The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is the university’s highest priority. COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be highly effective at preventing moderate, severe and critical illness, hospitalization and death,” said President Andy Feinstein“Additionally, 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.”  

Adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of already required vaccines came after consultation with the Office of the Governor, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Higher Education, UNC campus leaders, and other higher education CEOs throughout the state. Students, faculty and staff will be able to seek a medical or non-medical exemption as allowed under state lawThe university understands students and employees will have questions about the requirements and process, including how to seek an exemption, if needed, and will communicate additional details no later than May 21, 2021, including through UNC’s Fall 2021 website.  

With the supply growing and eligibility expanding across the country, there are many options available to obtain a vaccine. If students are leaving Greeley for the summer, UNC encourages you to immediately follow-up with your care provider or take advantage of community-based vaccination clinics that may be available in your area.  

Vaccine resources include: 

  • 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 Ranch (5280 Arena Circle, Loveland) is open for walk-ins and drive-throughs with no appointment necessary from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For questions about the vaccine, please call 970-498-5500 or text 970-999-1770. 
  • Visit the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment to register for an appointment in Larimer County. 
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment maintains a list of other vaccine providers across the stateincluding 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.  

As announced in January 2021, UNC plans to deliver a full-slate of in-person courses and activities in fall 2021. This will also not change our recently announced return-to-work plans for employees. UNC will continue to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 and will be prepared to adjust plans in response to evolving conditions and public health recommendations. More details will be available at: unco.edu/fall-2021/ 


Read: Statement on Vaccine Requirements from University of Colorado System, Colorado State University System, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Ft. Lewis College, and the University of Northern Colorado