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UCCS COVID-19 Information & Updates

 

We are making strong progress in combating COVID-19. Early data from our student COVID-19 vaccine attestation show that a majority of our student population who have responded to the form has either been partially or fully vaccinated.

The increase in Delta variant COVID-19 cases is prompting experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to once again recommend face coverings in crowded indoor settings for all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In an effort to give our students the best on-campus learning experience possible, beginning Monday, August 9, UCCS is reinstating the executive directive that requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors on the UCCS campus to wear a face covering while indoors. This includes those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine and those who have not. 

 

Additionally, we've built a vaccination requirement FAQ to answer initial commonly asked questions, but new questions will be asked, and new information will become available as we move forward. Please check back on this page, as we strive to continue to update this page with information regularly.

 

Vaccination Requirement Information

Return to UCCS Plan

Wellness Check Test

Illness & Exposure Information

 

 

Vaccination Information, Challenge & Requirement

The Importance of the Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are crucial to keeping our community safe. All students, faculty, and staff are asked to get vaccinated before the fall 2021 semester.

All COVID-19 vaccines are free. For vaccine questions, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides a toll-free hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-877-COVAXCO (1-877-268-2926).

Get Your Vaccination Today

There are dozens of providers and locations throughout El Paso County, and vaccination is open to all. Consider signing up for your vaccine today. 

UCCS Joins Vaccine Challenge

UCCS is committing to the nationwide COVID College Vaccine Challenge, spearheaded by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education. This means engaging every student, faculty and staff member; organizing our college community; and delivering vaccine access for all.

Learn more about how we're asking our community to get vaccinated at the link below. 

Your Questions Answered
General Questions
  • Please utilize local and state resources. All of the campus community is eligible to receive some version of the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. 

    Click here to learn about the UCCS vaccination requirement. 

    Click here to learn more about El Paso County vaccine distribution

    Visit this link to learn more about the state vaccination plan.

  • The UCCS Status Board can help

    Please view our UCCS and OIT Status Boards to determine what resources are available or are unavailable. 

  • Symptoms & Prevention

    Symptoms: 

    • Symptoms may include new onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, nasal congestion, fatigue, and new loss of sense of taste or smell, diarrhea and vomiting, although not all those who have COVID-19 develop symptoms.

    Prevention:

    • Avoid contact with sick people and stay home when you are ill. 
    • Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol. 
    • It is especially important to clean your hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose.
    • Cover your face with a face-covering in all indoor and public places.

    UCCS encourages members of our community to get the vaccine at an upcoming UCCS COVID vaccine clinic or at a community vaccine clinic that can be found by visiting https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/how-can-i-get-a-vaccine. In addition to getting vaccinated, practicing the prevention strategies described above remains an important strategy in preventing infection.

     

    Please visit our illness & exposure webpage for more information. 

  • Face Covering Guidelines

    Face coverings are required for all individuals in campus buildings. Some flexibility is allowable in classroom environments and private offices when appropriate distancing is maintained.

  • Exceptions to wearing a face covering include:

    1. When alone in a private room such as residence hall or office, individuals are permitted to remove a face covering;
    2. For faculty at least 10 feet away from the nearest person in a classroom or laboratory;
    3. For faculty/staff meetings of fewer than ten people in conference rooms or private offices where a social distance of 10 feet can be maintained between all participants
    4. In limited health care settings like counseling when body language is important and social distancing can be maintained;
    5. When eating or drinking;
    6. When swimming or while exercising in the Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center;
    7. At the Family Development Center (FDC), for children younger than 3-years-old. Additional details for children older than 3-years-old are available through the FDC; and
    8. When outside, although unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear them in all settings.
    9. During official UCCS Police calls, when requested by the responding officer.
  • Remote Assistance

  • Info for Employees & Students

    Employees should contact their supervisor and work with UCCS Human Resources for next steps. 

    Students who receive positive test results from a non-UCCS provider should notify the Wellness Center at 719-255-4444 or by emailing wellness@uccs.edu.

    Students who need additional support with things such as notifying professors, should contact the Dean of Students office at dos@uccs.edu
     

  • A Hub for Exposure & Illness Information
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially recommended Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for people at higher risk for COVID-19. The CDC also authorized a “mix and match” approach to booster doses. People may get a different type of vaccine for their booster than their original series. For example, if you received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine for your first dose, you may choose to get a booster dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson.

    Any COVID-19 provider can administer booster shots to those individuals who are eligible under current authorizations. Vaccines are in abundant supply through the more than 100 locations across El Paso County.

    If a person is immunocompromised and received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for their first two doses, they should receive a third dose 28 days after their second dose. It is recommended the third dose is the same as their first two, but it is not required. These individuals will not need additional doses six months later, based on the current recommendation.

    An individual who received the Pfizer or Moderna should get a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna six months after their second dose if:

    • They are 65 years old or older, OR
    • They live in a long-term care facility, OR
    • They are 50 to 64 years old, at high risk of severe COVID-19.

    An individual who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine may get a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna six months after their second dose if:

    • They are 18 to 49 years old, at high risk of severe COVID-19, OR
    • They are 18 to 64 years old, at high risk because of where they live or work.

    People who originally received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may get a booster dose approximately two months or more after their single dose.

    The Wellness Center continues to offer the Moderna vaccine for 1st and 2nd doses and will be offering boosters only to those who meet the criteria outlined above.

General Resources
General Resources for Students, Staff & Faculty
  • Remote Resources for Faculty, Staff & Students

    Visit our comprehensive resources hub for the latest resources related to remote work and remote learning. 

    Our resources relate to faculty transitioning to remote learning, students utilizing remote learning and faculty and staff working remotely. 

  • The UCCS Wellness Center

    The Wellness Center is currently open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    We are currently offering in-person appointments and will continue to offer remote telehealth appointments for Health and Mental Health for students residing in Colorado. Please call 719-255-4444 to schedule an appointment.

    DO NOT WALK INTO THE WELLNESS CENTER IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: fever, shortness of breath, cough, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting. Please call 719-255-4444 to make an appointment instead. 

  • For HR-related questions, contact the Human Resources Office at 719-255-3372 or visit their website.

  • Updates regarding NCAA athletics

    All games and events will proceed. Should an event be postponed for any reason, Mountain Lion Athletics will release that information. 

    Please read more and follow additional updates from Mountain Lion Athletics here. 

  • We're ready to serve you

    Get assistance through Disability Services while remotely learning and working through Teams and more. Contact Disability Services via dservice@uccs.edu

  • Guidance on financial impact

    The UCCS Controller's Office set up this list of guidelines on how to handle both general university expenses and sponsored projects, expenditures.

    Please read these guidelines and information closely. 

  • Working to fuel the success of our military affiliated students

    Open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 719-255-3253 or email us to set an appointment.

    Please reach out to at military@uccs.edu with appointment requests and any other questions you may have.  

  • Resources by the Colorado Department of Higher Education

    A frequently updated list of resources available to students and faculty members is available and maintained by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. 

     

  • Research Resources and Information

    Please visit our Office of Research page for information on how research is impacted. 

    Please visit our Comptroller's site for guidance on sponsored projects and funding. 

  • COVID-19 EHS Resources

    Find information about disinfecting your office or workspace.

  • Relevant UCCS Policy

    Be sure to read and understand relevant policies in this rapidly-changing time. 

  • Support Is Available

    UCCS continues to add additional resources to support the mental health of our campus community.

External Resources
Health & Wellness Departments
  • Up-to-date info from the CDC

    Stay up to date on the national impact of COVID-19 by following this department's updates.

  • CDPHE Information

    Stay informed on the COVID-19 impact upon Colorado by following this department's updates. 

  • Our County's Public Health Department

    Stay up to date on the COVID-19 impact upon El Paso County by following this department's updates.

Please note: The UCCS COVID-19 website is updated frequently. Should you have a question not addressed within our resources or information, please contact us