Updates on Testing and Vaccination Efforts
“This Is Our Shot, Maine” Vaccination Drive
All UMS community members are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. UMA is joining with its sister universities to encourage all members of the UMA community to get vaccinated.
As a statewide university with two campuses and eight centers, UMA students, faculty and staff have a number of options for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. To locate a clinic near you, please visit the Maine CDC Vaccination Sites.
Additionally, UMS is offering employees paid leave time for vaccination and the Maine CDC will allow any students with a UMS ID to take part in Maine vaccination clinics.
A Message about vaccinations from Dr. Nirav Shah to the UMS Community
Important COVID-19 Testing Requirements
To ensure the safety and well-being of all, weekly asymptomatic testing, tracing and isolation strategies will continue beyond the end of the spring semester for those working and learning on a campus or center. This includes all students, staff, and faculty who are engaged during the summer session in University activities with a physical presence on campus:
- Faculty who are teaching in-person courses or in-person components of courses;
- Students enrolled in in-person courses or in-person components of courses;
- Those engaged in in-person research;
- Staff in positions for which they are physically on campus; or
- Individuals who live in university housing.
Fully vaccinated members of the University community will be exempt from weekly COVID-19 testing required of everyone participating in an on-campus experience this spring and summer.
Members of the UMA community who voluntarily provide verification that they are fully vaccinated will not be required to participate in the UMS asymptomatic testing program and are exempt from quarantining if they are a close contact of someone known to have COVID-19.
If you are fully vaccinated please visit the volunteer vaccination submission form on our COVID-19 Testing Tracker so you can report your status. It’s fast, easy, confidential, and doing so ends the requirement that you test weekly to participate in on-campus activities.