General Questions COVID-19 Testing and Notification Face Coverings and PPE Student Life and Athletics Housing Employees Vaccine Information General Questions What do I need to know as I prepare to arrive on campus? Please review the UAH COVID-19 website to learn everything you need to know about coming to UAH safely. How will UAH accommodate faculty, staff and students in high risk groups? Students, faculty and staff directed to return to campus who have concerns about doing so because of age, medical condition, or other reasons may contact Human Resources (faculty and staff) or Disability Support Services (students) to submit a request for accommodations. How will health and safety practices be enforced? Please visit the Community Expectations and Enforcement webpage for detailed information on disciplinary measures for students, student organizations and employees for violations of the University’s Safety and Health Requirements for Presence on UAH’s Campus During the COVID-19 Pandemic Policy, Number 02.01.71. COVID-19 Testing and Notification Will testing be mandatory to return to campus? There is no re-entry testing requirement for faculty, staff or students who are coming back to campus for Fall 2021. Will COVID-19 testing be available on campus? Yes. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Testing page. How do students and employees submit COVID-19 test results from providers outside of UAH? Students should send results to the Student Health Center at email@example.com or upload them to the online Health Portal. Employees should send results to the Faculty and Staff Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them to the online Health Portal. Do I have to quarantine after I test (until I receive my results)? Symptomatic individuals may not come in contact with members of the University community (students, faculty and staff) until they receive a negative test result. Will there be regular notification of testing and positive tests among students and employees? Students and employees who participate in on-site testing will be notified directly of their results. The UA System has developed a COVID-19 Dashboard that provides System-wide COVID-19 information to the public. This content is broken down by campus, and offers an aggregate System total. This data includes the number of known positive cases of students, faculty and staff on- and off- campus, as well as the results for student entry testing and the occupancy percent rate related to the isolation space for COVID-19 positive students and/or close contact students. Please visit the Reporting Exposure page for detailed information on UAH notification protocols. How will I be notified if I have been in contact with someone with coronavirus? Please visit the Reporting Exposure page for detailed information on UAH notification protocols. Face Coverings and PPE Am I required to wear a face covering on campus? Fully vaccinated individuals (14 days or more following the final dose) are no longer required to wear face coverings indoors or outside. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings at all times indoors except when face coverings are not required by existing guidance. (e.g., established rules for residence halls, or when individuals are alone in a private workspace). What if I cannot wear a face covering? Reasonable accommodations can be requested for those unable to meet these requirements. Students requesting accommodations should contact Disability Support Services. Faculty and staff requesting accommodations should contact Human Resources for assistance. How do the city, county, state, or national guidelines and regulations for face coverings apply to me on the UAH campus? While on campus, you must follow all UAH safety and health requirements, including the use of face coverings for unvaccinated individuals, outlined in Policy 02.01.71 – Safety and Health Requirements for Presence on UAH’s Campus During the COVID-19 Pandemic Interim Policy. Student Life and Athletics Can student groups meet? Yes. UAH Student Life will assist student organizations, including Greek organizations, to comply with all campus restrictions on student organization-sponsored events. Larger physical spaces will be identified to allow for greater social distancing for face-to-face events and meetings. Student groups will be assisted in their efforts to educate and train on health promotions, and to maintain required distancing and other safety protocols. Student groups will be expected to have social distancing and face covering plans for events and meetings, must abide by all university-imposed limitations on event size, and must keep attendee lists to assist with exposure notification. Are there any restrictions for on-campus events? University-sponsored Events Events sponsored by the University must follow social distancing and masking requirements consistent with UAH Safety and Health Requirements. Attendance at athletic events will be determined by sport-specific plans coordinated between the Athletic Director, their respective athletic conference, and the University President. Student Organization-sponsored Events Event Registration: On-campus student organization-sponsored events must be approved by the Office of Student Affairs. Event registrations must be updated following the event to include a comprehensive list of attendees, and maintained for at least 14 days following the event. All gatherings are subject to the attendance limitations set out below. Attendance Limitations: The capacity of all student organization-sponsored events must comply with all applicable health ordinances in place when the event is registered and hosted. Student organization-sponsored event attendance may not exceed 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in sanctions against students and student organizations. Housing What happens if I or one of my roommates is diagnosed with COVID-19? Isolation spaces will be provided for any residential students who test positive and/or who may have come into close contact with someone who tested positive. Isolation and quarantine procedures will be in accordance with medical guidance, and will be consistent with the latest CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health guidance. Those with questions can call UAH Residence Life. Will I be required to isolate or quarantine if I live off campus? The expectation to abide by requirements applies equally to students living on- and off-campus. Students who live off campus are strongly encouraged to follow isolation/quarantine guidance as required by law and public health guidelines. Students in off-campus housing who fail to follow isolation requirements and return to campus will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and subject to disciplinary measures. Employees Will employees have to use their sick leave if they test positive? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law on March 18, 2020, required The University of Alabama in Huntsville to provide employees with emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including time-off for COVID-related personal illness, care of an immediate family member, and/or childcare due to school closure or unavailable childcare. That leave expired on December 31, 2020. However, the University will extend the use of Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave through June 30, 2021. Employees may use EPSL and/or EFML for up to two instances of leave for the reasons noted above. Additional guidance on EFML and EPSL are available on the Human Resources web page or employees may contact Human Resources at email@example.com. An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should not report to work and must immediately contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Will employees who have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19, who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or who are waiting for COVID-19 test results have to use their leave time for the quarantine period? The University is extending the use of Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave through June 30, 2021. An employee who has a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should immediately contact Human Resources at email@example.com. Vaccine Information Whom do I contact with questions about the vaccine and eligibility? If you continue to have questions after reviewing all of the information on this website, please contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at email@example.com or 256.824.6775. What reasons might prohibit me from scheduling a vaccine appointment? Do not schedule a vaccine appointment if you are still recovering from an active COVID-19 infection. Which versions of the COVID-19 vaccine will UAH distribute? UAH provides COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. We are currently administering Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will I need? The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses within a specified period – between 21 (Pfizer) and 28 (Moderna) days, depending on the manufacturer. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose. If I receive my first COVID-19 vaccine dose elsewhere, can I get the second dose at UAH? Yes, you may schedule an appointment through the health portal at uahportal.pointnclick.com and choose Dose 2 of 2. Please bring your vaccine card showing dose 1. How will I be notified if I’m eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine? Campus community members received an email with details and a link to the scheduling portal when they became eligible for vaccination. Currently all individuals ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Alabama. What if I have previously tested positive for COVID-19? Even if you previously tested positive, you should still be vaccinated. However, do not schedule a vaccine appointment if you are still recovering from an active COVID-19 infection. Am I required to be vaccinated for COVID-19? No. Vaccination is not required for enrollment or employment at this time. What is the COVID-19 vaccination process? You will schedule your vaccine through the online health portal at uahportal.pointnclick.com. You will fill out a consent form the morning of your appointment and will receive other pertinent information. You will report to the vaccination site on the scheduled appointment date and receive the first dose. After the dose is administered, you will stay at the vaccination site for 15-30 minutes to be monitored for any potential reactions. During this first vaccination (for Pfizer or Moderna), you will also receive instructions on scheduling an appointment to receive the second dose. Non-UAH affiliated persons can call 256-824-2400 to schedule an appointment and will complete a paper consent form on-site. What should I expect at the appointment site? Review the Vaccination Prep page for details. Bring your A Number and Charger ID or government-issued identification. Wear a mask and arrive no more than 15 minutes before your appointment time. Wear clothing that allows access to your shoulder and upper arm. You will have your temperature taken and asked health questions as part of the process. What if I experience an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine? You will stay at the vaccination site under medical supervision for 15-30 minutes to be monitored for any potential reactions. If you later experience an adverse reaction and need immediate medical attention, call 911. The CDC recommends that individuals consider using the V-Safe App. Details are on the CDC website. Will I receive a proof of vaccination once I receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Yes. You will be provided a certificate of immunization after receiving each dose. Bring the certificate to the second appointment. If I decline the first offer to take a COVID-19 vaccine but change my mind later, can I still be vaccinated? Yes, please schedule your vaccine through the online health portal at uahportal.pointnclick.com. Where can I find more information on available COVID-19 vaccines so I can make the best decision for myself? You should consider your health circumstances and the available information on COVID-19 vaccines. Helpful information is on the on the FDA website, CDC website and ADPH website. Fact Sheets on vaccines authorized for emergency use are available on the CDC website. Will there be a charge for the vaccine? No. The COVID-19 vaccines are free. What if I schedule an appointment to receive the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and miss my appointment? If you miss your first dose of the vaccine, contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at email@example.com or 256.824.6775. What if I miss my appointment to receive the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine? If you miss your second dose of the vaccine, contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at email@example.com or 256.824.6775 as soon as possible. What if I am in quarantine on the date of my vaccine appointment? If you are in quarantine on the date of your appointment, please contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at email@example.com or 256.824.6775 to reschedule your appointment. Whom should I contact if I have questions about the vaccination process? Please contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at email@example.com or 256.824.6775.