Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated health and safety expectations

Based on the changes to federal and state health guidance, UC is making the following adjustments, to go into effect June 15, the date for Phase 1 of the Return to Workplace.

  • Fully vaccinated: Individuals who have been fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a facial covering or social distance while on campus except, per CDC guidance, on buses, e.g., UC shuttle. Note that individuals are fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose of vaccine.

  • Unvaccinated: Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated are required  to wear a facial covering and maintain social distancing when indoors except when eating/drinking or alone in a private room or office. Unless fully vaccinated or otherwise legally exempt, all individuals are required to wear facial coverings when indoors (except when eating, drinking, or alone in a private room).  Individuals who are not wearing a facial covering are attesting to compliance with this requirement.  

    When outdoors, those who are not fully vaccinated are required to maintain 6 feet social distancing. Moreover, unvaccinated individuals are required to wear facial covering when outdoors and unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.

  • Social distancing: We will currently continue to plan for 6-feet social distancing for all shared office and workspaces where individuals are or may be sharing space for an entire work shift or day; and to space tables in campus eateries and dining facilities as dining opportunities are the most likely inflection points for exposure and spread in the workplace. 

Summer 2021 Updates

Vaccination, COVID testing / quarantine update

Currently, we anticipate that fully vaccinated students will have the option to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination in order to forego ongoing COVID mitigation testing in the Fall Term.

Also, we currently anticipate that fully vaccinated students, including those residing in University Housing, will have the option to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination in order to forego the need to quarantine due to exposure to COVID during the Fall Term.

Proof of vaccination consists of snapshots of your vaccination card (front and back), and you can upload those through secure email at Please do not submit other information to this address, including medical records (other than proof of vaccination or current summer residential students may also submit PCR tests).

Please find more on

Proof of fully vaccinated status currently requires vaccines that are either FDA or WHO authorized. Important to remember: Full vaccination status is defined as two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination is available to members of the campus community through many medical providers and pharmacies, including UC Health and Hamilton County Health Collaborative.

Our changing context 

The widespread availability of effective COVID-19 vaccines currently allows for recalibration of our public health approach and processes. 

With the widespread availability of effective COVID-19 vaccines, collective consequences like the incidence of and need for hospitalization due to severe symptoms is greatly reduced for fully vaccinated individuals, and local and national data bears this out.  

And, it was these constraints that helped to drive the need for vaccine development, implementation and uptake. 

With widespread vaccine availability, the COVID-19 disease process has now become much more like that for other illnesses. Those who opt to forego vaccination are likeliest to experience individual consequences. That's why those with concerns about their own health and safety are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated in order to reduce their risk. 

Moreover, vaccination supports those in our community who are unable to get vaccinated due to medical reasons. If most of us opt to get vaccinated, we’re helping all of those who would like to but cannot.

Arthur Pancioli, M.D. 
COVID Response Team  
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine  
UC College of Medicine


Please read the above information, links and other navigation on this page.  If you still have questions after reviewing the available information, please email Please check this site regularly as all COVID-19 practices and policies delineated throughout this site are subject to revision and updates.

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WVXU: To boost vaccination rate among Latinos, local group...

June 12, 2021

Maria Espinola, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the University of Cincinnati, spoke with WVXU about a special event to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates among Latinos in Greater Cincinnati. The June 13 free vaccination event. runs from noon to 3 p.m. at Kellogg Soccer Field at 4609 Kellogg Avenue. It features food, salsa dancing, and music. Vaccines, both Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson are available, and offered to those 12 and older.

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