COVID Weekly Update 6/4/21

June 4, 2021

There continues to be great news regarding the pandemic.

Dear Colleagues,

Please find below a few updates related to our fall transition semester.

There continues to be great news regarding the pandemic. Nationally, although vaccination rates are slowing, the percentage of vaccinated individuals continues to rise, the number of COVID cases and deaths continue to drop and our nation is opening up a little more each day. President Biden is calling for June to be a National Month of Action to move the country to the president’s goal of 70% of Americans vaccinated by July 4 - a day that we can hopefully begin to celebrate independence from the scourge of this pandemic. 

UM-Dearborn, along with the other 15 public universities in Michigan, have signed onto The White House’s College Vaccine Challenge. In doing so we are committing to help spread the word on campus regarding the benefits of vaccinations and providing access to vaccinations before the start of the semester. 

Here in Michigan, our vaccination rate is just under 60%, we still have work to do! 

How to get vaccinated

Vaccinations are readily available through the metro Detroit area. Many places are offering walk-in shots and some local businesses are offering incentives for being fully vaccinated. We encourage you to seek the best venue and schedule your vaccination before the start of the fall semester. Check our vaccine page for more details and please get vaccinated today.

Student vaccination reporting instructions

UM-Dearborn students are encouraged to self-report their vaccination record. This information will allow university leadership to make public-health-informed decisions in relation to the fall experience on campus. 

Following their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, students should complete a brief survey — accessible from the COVID-19 resources on Wolverine Access — and upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccination card or the appropriate documentation from a medical professional confirming vaccination. Students should visit Wolverine Access, search for COVID-19 resources and click on the Report my Vaccination box to complete this process. 

Students are asked to comply with this reporting step to assist with the fall semester experience. Students that do not report their vaccination record will be required to submit a weekly negative COVID test in order to attend in-person classes and other campus activities. 

Information regarding faculty and staff vaccination reporting will be shared in the coming weeks.

Return to on-campus work

The state has announced many COVID restrictions will be eliminated  on July 1. University leaders will continue to evaluate our policies and make adjustments before our fall transition semester. A few reminders: 

  • Specific instruction regarding your return to campus plan will come from supervisors.
  • You may be mask-free while outdoors when alone or in gatherings of less than 100 people if on campus.
  • You must continue to wear a face-covering when inside campus buildings until further notice.
  • Please get vaccinated for your protection and to help bring an end to this pandemic.

We will continue to share important COVID-related information with you over the summer months. Please note there may not always be news to share each Friday. All communications are posted to the COVID website, under the “resources tab.”

Be Safe - Go Blue - Go Dearborn!

Domenico Grasso 
Chancellor 

Sue Alcock
Provost 

Bryan Dadey 
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs

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