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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates | Fall 2021 Plans

It's your turn to get vaccinated

The University of Northern Colorado announced that 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.

Read more about UNC's COVID-19 vaccine requirement

All Coloradans age 16 and over are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for everyone 16 and over, and the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are approved for everyone 18 and over. 

Because UNC’s Student Health Center (SHC) does not expect to receive additional first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine over the summer, 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 new clinic at the Weld County Clerk and Recorder building, 1250 H Street, Greeley, CO 80631, is taking walk-in appointments. This clinic is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

  • 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. 

Vaccination Appointments

What You Should Know 

On the day of your appointment, eat and drink normally, wear your mask, bring your form, wear a short-sleeved shirt and show up on time.  

If you’re receiving the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, you must return to the same location 21 – 28 days after your first dose to receive your second dose. Attempting to change or not showing up for your second dose disrupts the scheduling system for health care providers and could cause you difficulty in finding a second dose or cause your unused second dose to go to waste.  

If you get vaccinated, you’re still required to wear a mask whenever you are on UNC’s campus. Campus community members should also continue to practice social distancing and avoid gatherings. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with answers available in multiple languages. 

  • Does UNC require a COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty and staff? 

    In collaboration with several other institutions of higher education across Colorado, UNC is requiring all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before the start of the Fall 2021 semester, which begins August 23. Read more about this requirement below.

  • How do I schedule an appointment to get my vaccine at the Student Health Center (SHC)?

    The SHC will not provide COVID-19 vaccines over the summer. We encourage anyone who has not been vaccinated to contact one of the other vaccine providers listed above on this webpage.

  • If I have a health-related questions, who should I contact?

    Please consult your medical provider prior to making an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

  • Do I need health insurance to receive the vaccine?

    Receiving the vaccine is free. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance are required to cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccines, and uninsured Coloradans will have access to free vaccines.

  • What should I expect when receiving my vaccine? 

    On the day of your scheduled appointment: 

    • Eat and drink as normal.
    • Wear your mask.
    • Wear a short-sleeved shirt.
    • Show up on time.
    • Follow other instructions you may have received from your vaccine provider.

    At your appointment, you should receive a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fact sheet that tells you more about the risks and benefits of the specific COVID-19 vaccine you will receive. You should also receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it and the location you received it. Keep this card as a reminder of when you need to get your second dose, if applicable.  

    The second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine must be the same vaccine product as your first dose. It is important to get both doses of the vaccine so that your body develops enough antibodies to fight the COVID-19 virus if you get infected at a later time.

  • How should I handle potential side effects?  

    You may experience mild to moderate side effects after receiving the vaccine. Side effects typically go away on their own after a few days. The most commonly reported side effects are: 

    • Pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site 
    • Pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection 
    • Fatigue  
    • Headache  
    • Muscle pain  
    • Chills  
    • Joint pain  
    • Nausea/vomiting  
    • Fever

    Different people may experience different side effects, even if they receive the same vaccine. The process of building immunity can cause symptoms. These symptoms are normal and show that your body’s immune system is responding to a vaccine. Other routine vaccines, like the flu vaccine, have similar side effects. 

    If you experience discomfort after the first dose of the vaccine, it is very important that you still receive the second dose a few weeks later for full protection. 

    If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.  
    In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain after getting the vaccine is normal. Contact your doctor or health care provider:  

    • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours.
    • If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and FDA are closely monitoring COVID-19 vaccine(s) for new risks and serious side effects. It is highly encouraged that the public report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This national system collects the data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns of occurrence. Reporting to VAERS helps the CDC monitor the safety of vaccines. 

    Sign up for v-safe: CDC’s v-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • How will I receive my second vaccine dose? 

    Every clinic is different, you may be scheduled for both doses at the same time, or you may schedule your second dose right after you receive the first. Ask your vaccine provider for details.

  • Should I continue following public-health guidelines after receiving my vaccine? 

    Public health officials are still learning about the level of immunity that the vaccine provides, but so far, the vaccines have only been proven to protect the recipient from symptomatic COVID-19 disease. You might still be able to have an asymptomatic infection (showing no symptoms) and be able to spread the virus to others after you have been vaccinated.  

    Fully vaccinated people can:

    • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
    • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
    • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
    • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
    • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible

    For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

    • Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask
    • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
    • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households
    • Avoid indoor large-sized in-person gatherings
    • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
    • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
    • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html#anchor_1619526549276

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) 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/ 

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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