Weekly Briefing, April 22, 2021

The seven-day positivity rate is 0.1% for employees and 0.2% for students. Since April 15, 54 university members have tested positive out of more than 31,000 tests; 70 tested positive the week before.

UHS is opening up vaccine appointments through the weekend, with pop-up clinics this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nicholas Recreation Center. Thousands more appointments will be available next week. Students and staff should schedule an appointment today through their MyUHS account. If you have questions about the vaccines, visit the UW’s COVID-19 vaccine information webpage.

The American College Health Association urges students to get their first dose as soon as possible, even if they will be at another location for their second dose. Many retail pharmacies and mass vaccination sites are now able to accommodate people who require only a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, and those sites that do not currently may be more accommodating as vaccine supply increases. UHS will also be able to provide second doses to students.

More than 27,000 employees and students have received at least one dose of the vaccine. UHS has paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This pause does not affect the safety and ongoing administration of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on campus. If you are vaccinated off campus, remember to let UHS know.

It remains critical that all members of our community — including those who are fully vaccinated — consistently follow public health requirements: test regularly; wear a two-layer (or greater), well-fitting face covering; avoid gatherings; and clean hands frequently.

All students and staff must have a green Badger Badge to enter campus buildings, except to receive a test, pursue care at University Health Services or to be vaccinated. The Badger Badges of employees and students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will remain green/Building Access Granted unless they report symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. All undergraduates living in central Madison who are not vaccinated must test regularly even if they do not need to enter campus buildings. Find more information on how to get tested and testing requirements.

Campus policies requiring wearing masks indoors, as well as outdoors except when exercising and maintaining six feet from others, remain in effect.

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