Vaccine Booster Policy

December 17, 2021

UM-Dearborn will follow the same policy as UM-Ann Arbor, requiring a COVID booster effective February 4 or as soon as eligible thereafter.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Earlier this week we sent a communication intended to be the last COVID communication of the semester. As has happened throughout the ever-changing pandemic, there has been a policy update that we want to share with you. 

Throughout the pandemic we have worked closely with our University of Michigan Chief Health Officer, Dr. Preeti Malani, Executive Director of University Health Service, Dr. Robert Ernst, and others, to protect the health of our community. We are continuing to track the spread of the Omicron variant in our state, and although there has been a case of the variant detected on the Ann Arbor campus, we have yet to see any on our campus where total cases continue to remain very low

Earlier today, President Schlissel announced that effective February 4, 2022, COVID-19 boosters will be required for all faculty, staff, and students on the Ann Arbor campus and at Michigan Medicine. Vaccination with boosters is highly protective of both individual and public health. 

In order to protect our community’s health and avert the possibility of academic program/operation disruptions (e.g. Cornell, Princeton), and after consultation with U-M health officials, faculty and staff senates, and student government, UM-Dearborn will follow the same policy as UM-Ann Arbor, requiring a COVID booster effective February 4 or as soon as eligible thereafter. Other universities have recently adopted similar booster policies, including Syracuse, Notre Dame, UMASS (Amherst), Michigan State, Smith College, and NYU.

Details regarding a possible vaccine/booster clinic on campus, the process for self-reporting your COVID booster status, among other details will be shared in January. We will also host a Town Hall meeting with Dr. Malani next month to provide more specific information and answer any questions that you may have. 

Please be safe during the holiday break. If you will be gathering indoors with large groups, mask up, socially distance, and isolate if symptoms develop. Michigan Medicine experts have shared information on “How to safely celebrate the holidays during COVID-19.”

We wish you a relaxing break and best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season. 

Stay Safe - Go Blue - Go Dearborn!

Domenico Grasso 
Chancellor 

Gabriella Scarlatta 
Interim Provost 

Bryan Dadey 
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs 

Amy Finley 
Dean of Students 

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