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COVID-19 Updates

Latest Updates: August 27, 2021

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. All enrolled University of Minnesota students (whether taking courses in person or online) are now required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or provide documentation for a medical or religious exemption. Students received an email with the link to the UMN Student COVID-19 Vaccination Form in their university email on Friday afternoon, August 27. To meet this requirement, please submit the form electronically by Friday, October 8, 2021. The form includes students' UMN log in. It will ask for the date(s) of your COVID-19 vaccination along with the type of vaccination received. Documentation for medical or religious exemptions can also be uploaded within the form.

    Additional information is available:

    UMN Morris COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Students-FAQ.

    Office of Student Affairs,, 320-589-6013

    Health Service—for medical questions, 320-589-6070.

  • There is still time to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are free and highly effective. If you would like to be vaccinated in Morris, contact SCMC, Prairie Ridge, Horizon Public Health, or Thrifty White for an appointment.

  • Find University of Minnesota COVID-19 updates, including links to University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel's messages, on the Safe Campus COVID-19 Updates page.

  • University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel held a Town Hall meeting on August 18, 2021, for all members of the University of Minnesota community. If you were unable to attend the Town Hall, a video link can be found here. In addition, you can find regular updates to the FAQs on the Get the Vax 2.0 website, as the implementation of the plan takes shape with ongoing consultation with faculty, staff, and students. If you have additional questions, please contact us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

  • August 2, 2021: Updates to Face Covering Protocol on campus. Beginning August 3, 2021, face coverings are required in all campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

  • There are COVID-19 community testing sites statewide. Mail-in saliva testing is available to anyone living in Minnesota, and self-test kits are widely available at pharmacies. If a test is needed, students may call Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC), either the main appointment line 320-589-7600 or the Urgent Care Respiratory Clinic number 320-589-7636, to schedule. Any student who is symptomatic or had an exposure to COVID-19 can go to the SCMC Urgent Care/Respiratory Clinic entrance, which is on the north side of the building next to the Emergency Department (not the main clinic entrance).

  • As of June 1, the restriction on international travel for University business has been lifted. Learn more about international travel.

Communications Archive

For University of Minnesota systemwide communications, visit the Safe Campus page.