Planning Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Info, Testing Scheduling, Student Updates and More

COVID-19 Vaccine

  • The College has submitted documentation to the State of Massachusetts to be considered for designation as a coronavirus vaccination site. We do not know whether or not we will be approved and continue to look for opportunities to make the inoculation available to our campus community. We will keep the community informed as the process continues.

  • For information about the delivery of the inoculation in Massachusetts, go to the state’s COVID-19 website. General information and frequently asked questions about the vaccine can be found on a page on the CDC website.

Reminder to Those Who Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine

Members of the College community who are able to be or already have been vaccinated still need to comply with all of Amherst’s COVID-19 policies—which include regular testing and the wearing of a face covering at all times—since vaccination does not exempt anyone from College coronavirus protocols implemented in 2020. As more becomes known about the availability and functioning of the vaccine, relevant College policies will be developed and shared with the community.

Testing Appointment Scheduling

On December 28 and 29, approximately one quarter of the 550 members of our community who were COVID-19 tested at the Alumni House did not make an appointment to do so in advance. While we sincerely appreciate this adherence to the College’s coronavirus policies, we remind our entire community that, to offer the safest and most efficient testing center and maintain traffic flow, tests must be scheduled ahead of time and subsequently kept, unless rescheduled via the same link used to make the appointment. We thank you for respecting this request.

All-Staff Town Hall on January 28

Mark your calendars: President Biddy Martin and the Employee Council will host an all-staff Town Hall on Thursday, January 28, from 10 to 11 a.m., to discuss spring 2021 plans and provide updates on COVID-19-related developments. Questions may be submitted anonymously in advance using this form. Zoom details are forthcoming. 

Messages to Students 

Reminder: Staffers who wish to keep themselves current about COVID-19-related student communications may read them all at the Messages for Students & Families section of the College’s COVID-19 website.

Student Support

During this time of uncertainty and transition, if you are concerned about a student you are working with, whether they are on or off campus, please submit a CARE report. The report activates a team of Office of Student Affairs staff and will result in a student receiving compassionate outreach and an offer of support. While many of our support services have transitioned to the virtual environment, we remain committed to the well-being of all of our students and to providing support.