Newsletter: Vaccine Expansion, Fall 2021 Plans, Student Emergency Grants
In This Email:
Vaccine eligibility expands
UVA’s plans for a more normal fall
Emergency relief grants for students
After more than a year of waiting, we are finally entering a period where a sizable portion of our UVA community is eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with even more right around the corner. Last week, the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) entered Phase 1C of the commonwealth’s vaccine distribution plan, which means that University faculty, staff, student employees, and contractors are now eligible, and BRHD will enter Phase 2 on Monday, April 12.
If you haven’t already, everyone who is newly eligible will receive an email from UVA Health in the coming days with information about how to schedule an appointment.
Starting Monday, people 16 and older also will be eligible for a vaccine, and UVA students will begin receiving personal invitations from UVA Health early next week to schedule vaccination appointments.
Community members who have already registered for vaccinations through the Blue Ridge Health District or Vaccinate Virginia website may receive invitations from both the Blue Ridge Health District and UVA Health. Those who do can take advantage of either invitation to be vaccinated at the first available opportunity.
These developments are great news for our community. UVA Health is working directly with the Commonwealth of Virginia to acquire and distribute as many doses of the vaccine as possible, as quickly as possible. One way every member of our community can help is to register for your appointment as soon as you receive an invitation to do so and to make sure you keep that appointment.
Getting vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible is the best way to stay safe from the virus and return us to the community of living, learning and working together that we all remember. More information about the University’s approach to vaccines is in the update below, as well as on the Coronavirus Information website.
This week’s update also features reminders about the good news we’ve been able to announce over the past week on graduation ceremonies for the University Classes of 2020 and 2021, as well as our plan for students, faculty, and staff to return to living, learning, and working together in-person here at UVA in the fall of 2021.
Finally, while we really can see a light at the end of this long and dark pandemic tunnel, the threat of the virus remains, including the variants of concern. Our need to protect ourselves and those around us remains essential. Please continue wearing your masks, staying distanced, gathering outside whenever possible, and complying with prevalence testing requirements. Your efforts have brought us this far, and now it’s on all of us to finish strong.
Liz Magill Provost
JJ Davis Chief Operating Officer
UVA Vaccine Update
The Blue Ridge Health District is currently in Phase 1C, and all UVA faculty, staff, contractors, and student employees are eligible to be vaccinated. Eligible community members will receive an email from UVA Health in the coming days with information about how to make an appointment.
The Health District also has announced that it will enter Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution starting Monday, April 12. At that point, those 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine.
Vaccinations will be provided at the COVID Community Vaccination Center in the Seminole Square shopping center, 393 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville.
UVA students will begin receiving personal invitations from UVA Health early next week to schedule vaccination appointments. Transportation options for students and other details will be included in the email, so please be sure to check your inbox.
As vaccinations become more available, the University is planning for a much more normal semester in Fall 2021, with students and instructors in the classroom and first-year students living in residence halls. Dining, libraries, recreational facilities, and other UVA operations will resume more normal operations as well. Decisions about public health protocols will be made by UVA experts and announced by July 15. More information is available here.
Summer 2021 Enrollment Dates to Remember:
Graduate priority enrollment begins today, April 8.
All graduate students begin enrollment tomorrow, April 9.
Undergraduates begin enrollment Monday, April 12, as per scheduled enrollment appointments.
Undergraduates who paid full-time tuition in the spring are eligible to take one domestic class in Summer Session I at no additional charge. All 2021 Summer Session undergraduate students will once again have the option to select the COVID CR/GC/NC grading option. Graduate programs that offered the COVID grading option (CR/GC/NC) in the Spring 2021 semester will do so again this summer in addition to the standard grading options. All Summer Session classes will be offered online. For more information about Summer Session, please visit the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs website.
COVID Prevention Training Course – Complete by May 1
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry passed a new permanent standard in 2021 that requires all members of the University community to complete an updated COVID prevention training course. For additional details and link to the course, please visit the COVID Prevention Training Coursewebpage (behind NetBadge).
Update on Youth Summer Day Camps
UVA will host youth summer day camps this year, including the IM-Rec Sports Hoos Having Fun ½ Day Camp and a range of UVA Athletics sports camps. All camps will operate in compliance with Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 72 and attendees will be subject to UVA health and safety protocols. Find more information on UVA summer day camps here. For more information on UVA Athletics camps visit virginiasports.com.
Update on Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grants
Earlier this semester, the University received $5.85 million from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to distribute as emergency grants to students. To date, $2.6 million of this appropriation has been directed to students who submitted emergency requests for funding. Beginning late next week, an additional $2.2 million will be distributed to 2,605 currently enrolled undergraduates who have received federal Pell Grants or have not been able to earn the full amounts of their work-study awards. The amounts of the grants will vary depending on students’ demonstrated need, and students who are eligible will be notified by email by Student Financial Services. The remaining $1 million will fund emergency requests through the Spring semester; students who are currently enrolled and have not already applied for Spring 2021 emergency funding may still do so through here as long as funds remain available.
In-Person Final Exercises Plans
Last week, the University announced plans to hold in-person Final Exercises celebrations for the classes of 2020 and 2021 this May. Ceremonies will be held over the course of several days in order to comply with the governor’s restrictions on the size of graduation ceremonies. Students will have the opportunity to walk the Lawn as part of a procession to Scott Stadium. More information is available here.
One more RECess day is coming up on April 15th! You are invited to free group fitness classes, resistance training with a T-shirt, grocery bingo, night hike with s’mores and the final pool movie night.