UMass Amherst Joins National COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge

Dear Campus Community:

We’re pleased to announce that UMass Amherst is joining with nearly 600 colleges and universities to participate in the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, a new initiative by the White House, the U.S. Department of Education and the American College Health Association.

We need your participation and support! Please join us in this drive to get as many people as possible vaccinated in the coming weeks. For students, acting now will meet a UMass Amherst vaccination requirement: all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to live or learn or conduct research on campus, or access campus resources, must be fully vaccinated prior to the beginning of the fall semester (subject to religious and medical exemptions). The College Vaccine Challenge is part of a larger White House initiative to have 70% of U.S. adults vaccinated by July 4.

Ways to Get a Vaccine

There are plenty of ways to get vaccinated in the Amherst area, in Massachusetts and across the United States.

Vaccinations are available at the UMass Vaccine Clinic in Amherst on the lower level of the Campus Center on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Hours of operation through June 24: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 29-July 29: Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Massachusetts use VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at local pharmacies, supermarkets, healthcare providers and other community locations.

Outside of Massachusetts visit vaccines.gov to search for vaccines near you.

Students, please remember to keep your vaccine administration record and upload any COVID vaccines you receive elsewhere to the UHS patient portal

The vaccines are safe and are one of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you from getting sick from COVID-19. A vaccine will help protect you by teaching your body how to recognize and fight the virus. It is very effective in preventing COVID-19 infection and severe disease if infected, and it might also protect people around you from getting infected.

We are asking everyone to join us in the College Vaccination Challenge. Together, we can accomplish what just a year ago seemed impossible. Act today so we all can enjoy a successful fall semester.

Sincerely,

Co-Directors of the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC)
Ann Becker, Public Health Director
Jeffrey Hescock, Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety