The University of Mississippi relies on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) for public health guidance around on-campus operations. The CDC and ACHA recommend a 7 day self-quarantine for any unvaccinated international traveler arriving in the US regardless of citizenship or visa status. We have compiled sets of frequently asked questions to guide your arrival and planning for fall.
INFORMATION FOR FULLY VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS
Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to self-quarantine. It is recommended that fully vaccinated individuals self-monitor for symptoms and get a viral test 3 – 5 days after arrival.
How does UM know if I am fully vaccinated?
UM cannot require you to be vaccinated to enroll in classes or request that you disclose your vaccination status. However, if you would like to voluntarily share your vaccination status with your international student advisor, we have created a Box folder here for you to upload your COVID-19 vaccination documentation. If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you do not have to self-quarantine. For the purposes of planning, we must assume that all students are unvaccinated unless informed otherwise.
What is the definition of “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 at the University of Mississippi?
People who have received the recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance.
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated with the following FDA-authorized vaccines:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
As of May 13, 2021, the WHO has listed the following COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran)
- AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccines (e.g., Covishield, Vaxzevria)
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
- Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine
- Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine
If you have had the recommended doses of the above WHO EUL vaccines, UM considers you fully vaccinated for the purposes of public health guidance.
If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. This includes individuals who have only received one dose in a 2-dose series. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
INFORMATION FOR UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS
Per CDC and ACHA recommendations, all unvaccinated travelers arriving into the United States from an international location must self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival in the United States and get tested within 3 – 5 days after travel.
What can I do during the 7 day self-quarantine?
Unvaccinated individuals should follow the below guidance during their 7 day self-quarantine:
- Stay home for 7 days. Count your arrival date into the United States as day 1.
- Wear a mask around others, including in shared living spaces.
- Do not gather in groups in person, even if masked.
- You may leave home for necessities, such as medical treatment, getting take away food from the dining halls or restaurants, shopping for groceries, and shopping for necessary household items.
- If you do not have a car, you may ride in public transportation, such as the OUT Bus. Note that masks are required in all public transportation regardless of vaccination status.
- If you can use delivery services, please opt for the delivery option.
- Do not visit UM offices, such as your advisor’s office, ISSS, IEP, or Study Abroad, until your 7 day self-quarantine has ended and you have not exhibited any symptoms. You can visit the Health Center for medical care.
- Visit the Health Center or other clinic for medical care and COVID testing.
- Exercise outside, individually, with appropriate physical distancing (6 feet).
- Join orientation and other activities virtually.
If at any time during the 7 day self-quarantine you have symptoms of COVID-19, please seek medical care immediately, wear a mask at all times, and avoid all contact with others. Follow the medical advice from your health care provider.
We have FAQ at the link below:
FAQ for Unvaccinated International Arrivals (general information not specifically for international students, such as employees or study abroad students)
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Mississippi?
Assuming the continued availability of vaccines, yes. All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are currently available at the University of Mississippi, at local pharmacies, and at the local hospital, for free.
I had a COVID-19 vaccination that is neither FDA-authorized nor WHO-listed. Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States?
Yes. Individuals who have received a vaccine that is neither FDA-authorized nor WHO-authorized (such as Sputnik V) are eligible to receive an FDA-authorized vaccine in the United States.
Current scientific guidance from the CDC requires that those individuals restart the vaccination schedule in the U.S. at least 28 days after the last dose of the non-approved vaccine. This is a changing situation, and we will update guidance regularly and provide specific instructions as they become available.
What if I do not want a COVID-19 vaccine?
Students and employees are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to take classes or work on campus. You will not be required to get the vaccine, though we encourage everyone to get vaccinated if their health allows, to protect themselves and others. Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask in all indoor spaces.
I have had one dose of a 2-dose series outside of the United States (such as one dose of Moderna or one dose of Pfizer). Am I fully vaccinated?
No. Only individuals who meet the definition of “fully vaccinated” above are considered fully vaccinated and do not have to self-quarantine or wear masks indoors. If the vaccine you received abroad is available in the United States, you are eligible to receive the second dose in the United States. Please talk with your health care provider about the timing of your second dose.