Health and safety

What do we need to know about asymptomatic and symptomatic COVID-19 testing on campus?

UMaine’s COVID-19 asymptomatic T3 saliva testing runs through Dec. 14. The testing location is the ballroom on the first floor of Estabrooke Hall. All UMaine and UMaine Machias students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to participate in weekly campus-based asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. Please schedule appointments Monday–Thursday via PointnClick. Those required to participate in […]

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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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If students are housed in university-affiliated quarantine and isolation spaces, what guidelines must they follow?

Students housed in university-affiliated quarantine and isolation spaces must adhere to the following guidelines. Quarantine Participate truthfully with Contact Tracer and Care Management. Use the restroom nearest their room, wearing a face covering whenever not in their room (except when showering, washing face, brushing teeth). Do not leave the room or building unless released from […]

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I have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Should I upload my vaccination card documenting that first dose into the UMS vaccination verification portal?

Yes. Please submit your vaccination card showing documentation of your first dose using the University of Maine System online COVID-19 vaccination verification portal PointNClick. Instructions for uploading vaccination card images in the portal are online. Students are encouraged to verify their first vaccination through PointNClick as soon as they receive it and then, if receiving […]

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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. The University of Maine System has signed vaccine protocol memoranda of understanding with our employee unions Students who verify their status in PointNClick or get their first shot toward full immunity by Aug. 20 will remain eligible to participate […]

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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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How do students request a medical or religious vaccination exemption?

Exemption forms are now live on PointNClick, our secure online portal. In the portal, students have an opportunity to request an exemption to the vaccine requirement for a documented medical contraindication or a sincerely held religious belief. Students who verify their vaccination status or exemption in the portal or get their first shot toward full […]

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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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