Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
As we move toward a fully operational fall, many of you have questions about vaccinations for faculty, staff and students. I’m delighted to announce that a COVID-19 vaccination clinic will open next week in the UWM Student Union thanks to a partnership with Advocate Aurora Health and the City of Milwaukee Health Department.
UWM faculty, staff and students who meet Wisconsin’s vaccination eligibility criteria will be invited to sign up for vaccination next week, during the clinic’s soft opening. Eligible community members will be able to use the clinic in the coming weeks.
Adults 65 and older are eligible for vaccination now, and that includes some of you. On Monday, educators become eligible. We want all of you to be vaccinated as soon as possible. However, the vaccine supply is limited right now. We are doing our best to identify members of our campus communities who are 65 and older and those currently teaching or working face-to-face with students and reach out to them directly about vaccination. Our goal is to vaccinate them as quickly as possible and then move on to others who are eligible.
While the vaccine supply is currently quite limited, those who receive a first dose will be automatically scheduled for and receive a second dose.
I am pleased that we are playing a role in vaccination for our people and the larger community, and I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated when you are eligible. It is the best way to protect your health and the health of your loved ones, and vaccination significantly contributes to stopping the pandemic.
In the meantime, we need everyone to keep wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing. You’ve done a great job of maintaining a safe campus environment as our current, very low (less than 1%) COVID-19 positive tests show – and we need you to stay strong in your efforts.
Mark A. Mone, PhD