Weekly Briefing, April 29, 2021

The seven-day positivity rate is 0.2% for employees and 0.2% for students. Since April 22, 51 university members have tested positive out of more than 25,000 tests; 54 tested positive the week before.

COVID-19 vaccination is readily available through University Health Services at the Nicholas Recreation Center. While appointments are preferred they are not required. Additionally, UHS is now able to offer vaccines to everyone eligible in Wisconsin. Visit go.wisc.edu/covid19vaccine for instructions on making an appointment, details for accessing the vaccine clinic, and more information about vaccines, including FAQs.

Already vaccinated? Make sure to let UHS know by uploading your vaccine record. This helps inform campus for future planning and also ensures you a green badge to be exempt from campus testing. More than 31,000 employees and students have reported to UHS they’ve received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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. If you’ll be elsewhere, check area pharmacies and retailers or visit VaccineFinder.org to find providers nationwide. UHS will also provide second doses to those in need, if the vaccine you’re looking for is in stock.

This information is available when scheduling your appointment.

The brief pause on vaccination with Johnson & Johnson has now been lifted nationwide and in Wisconsin. For more information, visit go.wisc.edu/covid19vaccine.

Everyone on campus should continue to follow campus policies around face coverings, maintaining six feet of physical distance, avoiding large gatherings, and washing 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. Fully vaccinated individuals with records on file are exempt from campus testing with a green Badger Badge, though are encouraged to seek testing if symptoms develop.

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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