Letter: UMB COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

February 4, 2021

Dear UMB Community,
 
We have two important updates regarding vaccinations: an update to the vaccine priority survey and a request for information once vaccinated.
 
Updated Priority Survey
 
New guidance from the Maryland Department of Health and the University System of Maryland changes the vaccine priority order for some at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). To properly classify our students, faculty, and staff, please complete the new vaccine priority survey.
 
Everyone who has not already received a link to schedule your first vaccine dose should complete this updated survey.
 
UMB cannot guarantee that anyone at UMB will be vaccinated by virtue of completing this form. We want you to be prepared if the opportunity for vaccination becomes available. If you find that you have the opportunity to get your first vaccine dose elsewhere, please do so. The more people who get vaccinated, the safer we will all be and the faster we can be rid of COVID-19. Once vaccinated, you still must abide by UMB's COVID-19 safety protocols and testing requirements.
 
Tracking Vaccinations at UMB
 
UMB needs the help of its community to track what proportion of our population has received a COVID-19 vaccination, whether on campus or elsewhere. This will help manage risk to our community and the need for ongoing preventive measures to control the pandemic, including limiting access to campus. UMB is encouraging but not requiring faculty, students, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at this time.
 
UMB has established two ways to capture this vaccination information, with your help in reporting.You only need one of these forms to document each dose of vaccine you have received. If you have already received two doses of vaccine, you can record them both at the same time and that’s all we need! This is part of an ongoing information collection process, and we appreciate your participation.
 
If you are completing the daily SAFE on Campus symptom monitoring form, you will see a new question about vaccine status. If you have not received the vaccine yet, the form will ask you about future vaccine plans. If you get the vaccine at a later date, you can provide that vaccine information in your following daily symptom monitoring form. If you have been vaccinated, the form will ask you when, what type of vaccine, where you were vaccinated, and whether you had any side effects.
 
If you do not fill out the daily SAFE on Campus symptom monitoring form, you can provide your vaccination information in a different form here.
 
Note that while we only need you to tell us once about each dose of vaccine, you can also use either of these forms to report side effects that may develop in the following days. Here is a link to more information about actions to take if you develop vaccine side effects.
 
Thank you for your continued diligence.