The University of Georgia continues to work closely with the University Health Center, the University System of Georgia, and local and state public health officials to monitor COVID-19. The top priority in these uncertain times remains the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of our campus community.
Federal COVID-19 Requirements for University of Georgia Covered Employees
On December 7, 2021, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 and the accompanying guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force as it relates to covered contracts, including the requirement that covered contractor employees be vaccinated. The injunction takes effect immediately and its scope is nationwide. The injunction prohibits the federal government’s enforcement of the federal vaccine mandate pending the outcome of the ongoing legal challenge to the federal mandate.
The injunction impacts the University community in a number of ways. As has been previously communicated, the federal vaccine mandate required the University of Georgia to identify covered contractor employees and notify them of the requirement under the federal mandate that they receive their final dose of vaccination by January 4, 2022. The federal mandate also required that the University of Georgia identify all covered contractor workplaces and take steps to enforce mask-wearing and physical distancing requirements in those workplaces.
As a result of the injunction, these requirements are currently suspended until further notice. Read More
Free testing will continue to be offered to our faculty, staff and students at the University Health Center. Appointments can be booked via the Vet View scheduling process.
Latest Campus Messages
The University of Georgia has released several key pieces of information in preparation for the return to normal campus operations. Full details can be found on the Campus Messages page of this site.
Recent announcements include:
- Beginning Monday, October 25, 2021, UGA faculty, staff, students, retirees, and dependents (18 and over) who have received a complete vaccine series (2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna more than 6 months ago or a single dose of Janssen completed more than 2 months ago) and who meet eligibility requirements outlined by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, may schedule appointments at the University Health Center to receive a booster shot.
- The University Health Center has broadened vaccination eligibility to include eligible dependents of UGA faculty, staff and students; UGA retirees; spouses/partners of retirees, faculty, staff, and students; visitors to campus engaged in research, academic or non-academic summer engagement/transition opportunities; those visiting campus as part of Orientation; and active employees and (primarily) students enrolled at other USG institutions who live in the Athens vicinity. For those members of the expanded eligibility groups listed above, please submit this survey, and the UHC will reach out to you to schedule the appointment directly. Please note that the UHC will provide second doses to any student, even if they have graduated before the date of their second dose is due.
- The Division of Marketing & Communications has updated signage templates to reflect key points from USG’s recent campus guidelines. These have been uploaded to the Digital Arch portal.
- Four University of Georgia experts answered some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines in a recent virtual panel discussion held on campus. Moderated by Dr. Shelley Nuss, dean of the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, panelists discussed a variety of topics related to vaccine safety and efficacy. Watch the complete session to learn more about how the available COVID-19 vaccines can help keep you and your family safe.