Dear Campus Community,
The Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) is closely monitoring COVID-19 test results. Trends and the positivity rate at UMass Amherst remain encouraging.
The positivity rate for last week (April 19-25) was 0.17%, making it the seventh consecutive week of having a positivity rate under 0.26%. The 0.17% positivity rate is the lowest it has been all semester. Please keep up the great work following all the public health protocols. Comparatively, the state’s current seven-day positivity rate is 1.72%.
Vaccinations Available This Week at UMass
The UMass Public Vaccine Clinic has additional appointments available this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Act now to schedule an appointment. We strongly urge all UMass community members to be vaccinated as soon as possible. We are currently administrating the Pfizer vaccine. Even if you will not be in the Amherst area in 21 days to receive your second dose, we still encourage you to register for your first dose immediately. With vaccine availability increasing across Massachusetts and the United States, it is now easier to sign up for a second dose if you obtained your first dose elsewhere.
Additional Ways to Find a Vaccine Appointment
- Typically, appointments at UMass for the following week are posted at 4 p.m. on Fridays. Schedule an appointment at the UMass Amherst Public Vaccine Clinic.
- Preregister at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when it's your turn to schedule an appointment at one of seven mass vaccination locations, including the Eastfield Mall in Springfield; or at regional sites including the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst and the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton.
- Use VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, healthcare providers and other community locations.
For ongoing updates and details on the university’s COVID-19 response, please visit www.umass.edu/coronavirus/
Co-Directors of the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC)
Ann Becker, Public Health Director
Jeffrey Hescock, Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety