To date, more than 70 percent of our campus community – returning students, faculty and staff – has been fully vaccinated or is in the process of being fully vaccinated. Our goal is to move that number to at least 80 percent early in the new school year.
If we don’t make that progress on vaccinations as quickly as we must, we will be ready to quickly institute other strategies – such as additional masking requirements – to keep our community safe. Teams of health professionals, operations officials, faculty, staff and students are meeting regularly now to plan and prepare for the fall. We can, and will, pivot when we need to do so.
If and when we need to institute other measures, we will not hesitate to do so. As a reminder, though, we are engaging in other mitigation efforts already:
- Students who are unvaccinated will complete an entry test upon arrival to campus in the next few weeks, and they will continue to be tested regularly.
- Students who are not vaccinated also will be asked to complete a daily screener regarding their health status.
- Students who do not follow these requirements will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
- UK Health Corps will continue their contact tracing efforts, as part of our modern public health infrastructure.