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Infectious Disease Updates - COVID-19 and Monkeypox

Dear students,

One week from May 4, 2023, the Massachusetts and federal COVID-19 public health emergency declarations will come to an end. As a result, UMass Chan is updating its COVID-19 pandemic policies to better align with those from the state and federal government.

 Effective May 11, UMass Chan will suspend its requirement for most faculty, staff and students to be immunized against COVID-19; however members of our community are strongly encouraged to stay current with vaccine-related guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The use of face masks in nonclinical areas on the Medical School campus continues to be encouraged, but is not required until further notice.

Faculty, students and employees who work in clinical settings, including hospitals, clinics and school-based clinical sites such as the Clinical Research Center, must remain up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and follow masking guidance at individual clinical sites.

Faculty and staff who wish to request a medical waiver from vaccination or a related accommodation should contact Employee Health Services at Employee_Health_COVID-19_mailbox@umassmemorial.org.

Clinical students should send requests for medical waivers and/or accommodations to Student Health Services at studenthealth@umassmemorial.org.

Requests for religious exemptions from vaccination should be emailed to Matthew Lyford in Human Resources at matthew.lyford@umassmed.edu.

Rapid Tests Available 

To encourage continued health and safety consciousness, the Office of Student Life (OSL) will have free rapid COVID-19 tests available for students. Three types of tests will be available: 

  • Celltrion DiaTrust
  • Flow Flex – NOTE: the original packaging has expiration dates of Nov/Dec 2022, however, on 11/18/22, the FDA extended the expiration dates to Aug/Sept 2023

Tests will be available in the OSL Suite (Med School Building S1-400) from 9AM to 4:30PM each business day. Each student will be permitted to obtain up to four tests at a time.

If you have any questions, email OSL at studentlife@umassmed.edu. Comprehensive guidance and resources are available on the UMass Chan COVID-19 website.

Thank you so much for your continued flexibility. We appreciate you and your efforts to help keep UMass Chan safe!

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