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Updates ULM Covid 19

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COVID-19 Vaccines Added to ULM's Required Immunizations 

August 23, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and over. Since December of 2020, the Pfizer vaccine has been available through Emergency Use Authorization, and more than 200 million doses have been administered in the U.S. alone.   

As was explained previously in our communication to students, the University of Louisiana System had requested that the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), upon full approval by the FDA, add COVID-19 to the schedule of required immunizations for students at the University of Louisiana Monroe and other UL System institutions. LDH granted this request.   

Given today’s FDA approval, COVID-19 is now on the schedule of required immunizations for college students in Louisiana.  Accordingly, we encourage all of our students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. 

The practical application is no different than the process students underwent to comply with our immunization policy upon your initial enrollment. Under current State law, the requirement is as follows: 

Students must provide documentation of immunization against COVID-19 prior to the next registration period.  Alternatively, students may provide one of the following: 1) documentation from a physician of medical contraindication for the vaccine, or 2) a written dissent for taking the vaccine.  

The prevailing science tells us our return to normalcy depends on minimizing the impact of COVID-19 in our communities. The available vaccines help to prevent infection—lessening the spread of the virus, and provide remarkable protection against severe disease—reducing the strain on our healthcare infrastructure. To date, hundreds of millions of doses of the current COVID-19 vaccines have been administered and have proven to be safe and effective.  

Procedures on how to submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination, whether Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson, are forthcoming. Similarly, for those students who wish to provide written dissent to the required vaccine schedule, a process will be implemented and communicated in the coming days.   

Again, we strongly encourage all students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. Currently, students who are vaccinated on campus are eligible for a $100 gift card through the Louisiana Department of Health. Thanks to the Shot for 100 program, all students who receive a COVID-19 vaccine on campus are eligible for a $100 Visa card. Toward this effort, the National Guard will be on campus every Thursday from 8am-6pm in Brown Gym to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Visa cards will be given to students after the vaccine has been administered.