COVID-19 Testing and Notification

There is no re-entry testing requirement for faculty, staff or students.

Yes. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Testing page.

Students should send results to the Student Health Center at shc@uah.edu or upload them to the online Health Portal. Employees should send results to the Faculty and Staff Clinic at fsc@uah.edu or upload them to the online Health Portal.

Symptomatic individuals may not come in contact with members of the University community (students, faculty and staff) until they receive a negative test result.

Please visit the Notification Protocol page for detailed information on UAH notification protocols.

 


Face Coverings

Masking is no longer mandatory indoors on UAH campus, except:

  • Masks are required in all clinical areas in Wilson Hall, as posted on signage.
  • Individuals are still required to wear a mask in accordance with CDC guidance, including:
    • Following an isolation period after a positive test (i.e., wear a mask for five days when around people following the five-day isolation period, minimum 10 days total masking).
    • After an unvaccinated person’s close-contact exposure to a COVID-positive individual (i.e., wear a mask for five days following the five-day quarantine period after exposure, 10 days total if no symptoms develop).

 


Student Life

Yes. UAH Student Life will assist student organizations, including Greek organizations, to comply with all campus restrictions on student organization-sponsored events.

Campus events, including events sponsored by student organizations, shall occur in accordance with pre-pandemic University policies.

 


Housing

Individuals who test positive are required to isolate.

Report exposure and positive test results through the secure portal:

  1. Go to uahportal.pointnclick.com.
  2. Choose "send a secure message" to the "nurse".
  3. Report what date your symptoms started.
  4. Report what date you tested positive.
  5. Attach a picture of your test report or your home test.

For individual medical questions and to avoid long wait times, please submit your questions to the portal.

Quarantine and isolation requirements should be received from the health care provider.

Submit to for-cause testing at the discretion of the University.

 


Employees

An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should not report to work and must immediately contact Human Resources at hr@uah.edu. UAH employees who test positive and who have been directed to isolate may be allowed to work remotely if the supervisor determines that a remote work arrangement is feasible and supports the operational needs of the department. Any remote work arrangement is expected to be temporary and based on the specific needs of the employee. If remote work is not feasible, the employee will be required to use the appropriate leave time to meet their isolation or quarantine requirement. As a reminder, all COVID-related accommodations have expired, including remote work as a result of COVID. For additional information on remote work, please review the UAH Remote Work Guidance page.

Any employee who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who is waiting for test results, and unvaccinated employees who have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19, should not report to work and must immediately contact Human Resources at hr@uah.edu.

UAH employees who are required to isolate or quarantine may be allowed to work remotely if the supervisor determines that a remote work arrangement is feasible and supports the operational needs of the department. Any remote work arrangement is expected to be temporary and based on the specific needs of the employee. If remote work is not feasible, the employee will be required to use the appropriate leave time to meet their isolation or quarantine requirement. As a reminder, all COVID-related accommodations have expired, including remote work as a result of COVID. For additional information on remote work, please review the UAH Remote Work Guidance page.

Fully vaccinated individuals who are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms but have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to report exposure or quarantine in accordance with public health guidance.

If an employee is the primary caregiver for an immediate family member (parent, spouse, child) who has been directed to quarantine by a medical professional, public health authority, or school or care facility, they may be allowed to work remotely if the supervisor determines that a remote work arrangement is feasible and supports the operational needs of the department. Any remote work arrangement is expected to be temporary and based on the specific needs of the employee. If remote work is not feasible, the employee will be required to use the appropriate leave time to meet the quarantine requirement. As a reminder, all COVID-related accommodations have expired, including remote work as a result of COVID. For additional information on remote work, please review the UAH Remote Work Guidance page.

 


Federal Vaccine Order

Not at this time. A federal court put the vaccine requirement on hold for further consideration. On December 7, 2021, a federal court issued a nationwide order to suspend the vaccine mandate for employees of federal contractors. As a result, UAH’s vaccine requirement is suspended. At this time, UAH will not be required to take action regarding unvaccinated employees on Jan. 4. Because the ultimate outcome of legal challenges is not decided, we will continue to closely monitor legal developments and provide guidance to employees.

On September 9, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14042 requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to implement COVID-19 safety protocols, including mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for employees (faculty, staff, and student employees). Further guidance was released several weeks later confirming that, as a federal contractor, UAH, like most other higher education institutions, was subject to the requirements of the Executive Order. However, on December 7, 2021, a federal court put the vaccine requirement on hold for further consideration. As a result, UAH’s vaccine requirement is suspended. Because the ultimate outcome of legal challenges to the Executive Order is not decided, we will continue to closely monitor legal developments and provide guidance to employees.

All UAH full-time and part-time faculty and staff, including all graduate and undergraduate student employees. Student employees include, but are not limited to, Graduate Research/Teaching Assistants or those in an on-call assignment.

This includes all employees working remotely if they work on or in connection with a federal contract. Otherwise, employees who do not work on or in connection with a federal contract and who work fully remotely (i.e. you never come to campus for any work-related reason) are not covered by this requirement.

A federal court put the vaccine requirement on hold for further consideration. As a result, UAH’s vaccine requirement is suspended. Because the ultimate outcome of legal challenges to the Executive Order is not decided, we will continue to closely monitor legal developments and provide guidance to employees.

Previously, all UAH faculty, staff, and student employees were required to receive their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or have requested an exemption by Jan. 4, 2022. A federal court put the vaccine requirement on hold for further consideration. As a result, UAH’s vaccine requirement is suspended.

Although not required at this time, UAH encourages all employees to complete a COVID-19 Vaccination Status Release survey regarding permission to share vaccination status with UAH Human Resources or Student Affairs. The survey consists of one yes or no question.

Those who were vaccinated on campus or at the UAH vaccine clinic need only provide permission for their COVID-19 vaccination information to be shared for this purpose.

Those who were vaccinated off campus can upload a copy of one of the following documents to uahportal.pointnclick.com, a secure electronic medical record portal:

  • the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card;
  • the record of immunization from a health care provider or pharmacy;
  • medical records documenting the vaccination;
  • immunization records from a public health or State immunization information system; or
  • any other official documentation verifying vaccination with the vaccine name, administration date, and the name of health care professional or clinic site administering the vaccine.

If you have already submitted/uploaded your vaccine card, you do not need to submit again.

No. UAH currently has free Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines available, depending on supply. Appointments can be made through the UAH Health Portal or by calling 256.824.2400.

Employees who wish to have an exemption on record with UAH are encouraged to submit a request using the Medical Accommodation or the Religious Accommodation request form to Human Resources at hr@uah.edu.

Reasons for requesting exemption include the following:

  • Medical Concerns or Disability: A request for an exemption due to medical contraindications to the vaccine or a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act must be supported, in writing, by the employee’s health care provider. The requesting employee must grant Human Resources permission to contact their health care provider to discuss the identified medical contraindication or disability. Employees who have previously received a medical exemption for the influenza vaccination are not automatically entitled to receive an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccination and must submit a separate request.
  • Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs, Practices, or Observances: A request for a religious exemption based on a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance must specify the religious belief, practice, or observance that prevents the employee from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Employees may be asked to provide documentation from the employee’s religious/spiritual leader or religious scholar to support the request for an exemption.

Employees will be notified via e-mail of whether their request for an exemption is approved or denied. Employees may appeal the denial of an exemption requested in a UAH form in writing to hr@uah.edu (faculty and staff) or vpsa@uah.edu (student employees) within three (3) business days of the date of receiving the denial notification. All appeals will be reviewed, and the employee will be notified via e-mail of the decision.

Employees may appeal the denial of an exemption requested in a State of Alabama form to the Alabama Department of Labor within seven days of the date of receiving the denial notification.

All employees who receive an exemption must comply with all safety protocols and standards developed by the University.

No, an employee should not be required to use accrued leave time when they are scheduled for vaccination. An employee will be permitted up to 1-hour to leave and return from their scheduled vaccination. If an employee exceeds 1-hour, they will need to use accrued leave time unless there are extenuating circumstances. In those cases, the employee should communicate with their supervisor. Questions or concerns may be directed to Human Resources at hr@uah.edu.

Employees may submit their questions to covid19@uah.edu.

 


Vaccine Information

If you continue to have questions after reviewing all of the information on this website, please contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at fsc@uah.edu or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at shc@uah.edu or 256.824.6775.

Do not schedule a vaccine appointment if you are still recovering from an active COVID-19 infection.

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. Availability depends on supply.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses within a specified period – between 21 days for Pfizer, and 28 days for Moderna. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose.

The CDC recommends that all people ages 12 and older receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster after completing their primary vaccine series. Certain people are authorized to receieve a second booster. Visit the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Booster page for more information.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available at the UAH student and employee clinics. For more information about vaccine administration at UAH, visit our Vaccine Information page, or call 256.824.2400.

To schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster, log in to the secure online portal at uah.pointnclick.com or call the COVID Vaccine Scheduling line at 256.824.2400.

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.

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 5 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Alabama.

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.

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 the first Pfizer or Moderna dose, 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.

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 may have your temperature taken and asked health questions as part of the process.

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.

Yes. You will be provided a certificate of immunization after receiving each dose. Bring the certificate to the second appointment.

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.

No. The COVID-19 vaccines are free.

If you miss your first dose of the vaccine, contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at fsc@uah.edu or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at shc@uah.edu or 256.824.6775.

If you miss your second dose of the vaccine, contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at fsc@uah.edu or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at shc@uah.edu or 256.824.6775 as soon as possible.

If you are in quarantine on the date of your appointment, please contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at fsc@uah.edu or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at shc@uah.edu or 256.824.6775 to reschedule your appointment.

Please contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at fsc@uah.edu or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at shc@uah.edu or 256.824.6775.