Faculty and staff information

COVID FAQs for instructors for fall 2021

Where can I find the latest guidance?  Please visit the Together for Maine website for the latest updates. Please note that this guidance may change if circumstances warrant.  Is there a required syllabus statement for COVID-19?  No, but we recommend including the following on syllabi: “To keep our campus safe, students are expected to comply […]

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What do we need to know about COVID-19 testing on campus for the fall semester?

UMaine’s phase nine, return-to-campus COVID-19 asymptomatic T3 saliva testing is Sept. 7–Dec. 14. The testing location is the ballroom on the first floor of Estabrooke Hall. Undergraduate and graduate students with an in-person presence on the UMaine campus or at a university-affiliated facility/research site who are not fully vaccinated and verified, as well as those […]

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Will the university have public COVID-19 vaccination clinics?

A series of public COVID-19 vaccination clinics, offered in partnership with Penobscot Community Health Center, will be held at the university in Coe Room, Memorial Union, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Wednesdays — September: 1, 8, 15, 22, offering the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. No appointment is necessary. Those receiving their first Pfizer or […]

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What do we need to know about COVID-19 testing on campus in August?

The university’s phase eight, return-to-campus COVID-19 testing is Aug. 23 –30 in Alfond Arena is 8 a.m–4:30 p.m. Employees and students who are not fully vaccinated, and those who have a vaccination exemption are required to participate in the return to campus COVID-19 asymptomatic testing on campus. No appointments are necessary. Please bring your MaineCard. […]

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Are university students and employees required to be vaccinated?

The University of Maine System requires COVID-19 vaccination of all students engaged in an on-campus experience this fall. Discussions are underway with labor leaders for a similar policy for university faculty and staff. Students who verify their status in PointNClick or get their first shot toward full immunity by Aug. 20 will remain eligible to […]

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How do vaccinated members of the university communities provide documentation of vaccination?

All members of the university communities, including incoming new employees and undergraduate, transfer and graduate students, should upload their vaccination information via PointNClick, our secure online portal. You will need your MaineStreet username and password to log on. Detailed instructions can be found online. University community members can verify that their vaccination cards are uploaded […]

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What COVID-19 vaccinations are available?

Information about World Health Organization (WHO)-authorized vaccines is available on the World Health Organization website.  On a local level, the university partners with local health organizations to manage the vaccination process. The availability of specific vaccines is dependent on the supply chain. Multiple vaccine brands are recognized by the university.  As of July 8, 2021, […]

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Where can I find credible information about COVID-19 vaccines?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has good advice on this, as well as a page about myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccines. Here’s the CDC’s key things to know about COVID-19 vaccines: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of […]

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Why should I get vaccinated? What are the benefits?

First, as you can learn at the CDC and other resources referenced above, vaccinations are great protection from serious illness and death from COVID-19.    Second, vaccinated UMaine or UMaine Machias students and employees who have verified their status by uploading their vaccination cards to the secure campus portal currently are exempt from on-campus COVID-19 testing […]

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If I’ve tested positive for COVID-19, should I still get vaccinated?

Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19, as this provides the best immune protection.  Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible — although rare — that you could be infected again with the virus that causes COVID-19. Studies have shown that vaccination provides […]

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I have tested positive for COVID-19 and completed the required isolation. What steps do I take to return to work or classes on campus or a university facility?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days, please provide proof of a positive RT-PCR diagnostic test for verification. The options for submission: bring a copy of the positive laboratory test to the university testing site on the date and time of your scheduled test email a copy to um.covidtesting@maine.edu with […]

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Where can I get a flu shot?

Members of the UMaine and UMaine Machias communities are encouraged to seek out flu shots at local health care facilities or pharmacies, or their primary care physician. If there is a flu vaccination clinic on campus, as has occurred in past years, campuswide notices will be sent.

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Does the university have a COVID-19 Operations Group?

Since the start of the pandemic, members of the UMaine and UMaine Machias communities have been working to effectively reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission and plan for containment should an outbreak occur. Reduction strategies range from issuing hand sanitizer to developing high-level safety zones and operating protocols for our research facilities. These collaborative efforts […]

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