Wednesday, October 13, 2021 COVID-19 Updates | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – COVID-19

Current Campus Protocols

Visit this page to view the status of campus COVID-19 protocols, including the university’s current requirement for face coverings in indoor public spaces on campus as an added layer of public health precaution.   

Where to Get COVID-19 Booster Vaccine

  • Eligible individuals can receive a COVID-19 booster dose at the University Health Center or any of the on-campus vaccine clinics scheduled for Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, and 30.
  • Booster doses are also available from county health departments. Use the online scheduler or call the Mississippi COVID-19 Hotline at 877-978-6453 for assistance.
  • Check with your doctor, pharmacy, or other vaccination provider about getting a COVID-19 booster dose. Find a vaccination provider.

Current Eligibility for Booster Dose of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), a single booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for certain groups who already received two doses of Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Note that university faculty and staff are included under the “education staff” group.
  • Long-term care facility residents
  • Adults aged 65 years and older
  • Adults aged 18 and older with certain underlying medical conditions
  • Adults aged 18 and older in certain occupations that increase their risk of exposure:
    • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
    • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
    • Food and agriculture workers
    • Manufacturing workers
    • Corrections workers
    • U.S. Postal Service workers
    • Public transit workers
    • Grocery store workers

COVID-19 Vaccine on Campus

Upcoming vaccine clinics administering the FREE FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine for those aged 12 and up will be held at Johnson Commons. All clinics will offer the first, second, third and booster Pfizer dose. 
  • Oct. 19 and 26 — 1-3 p.m. 
  • Nov. 2, 9, and 30 — 1-3 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccine Site, Oxford Park Commission

TrustCare Health has partnered with the City of Oxford to organize an onsite Community Vaccine Drive at the Oxford Park Commission (formerly the Parks Admin Building) at 310 S. 15th St. Vaccines are offered each Sunday, 10am-3pm and each Monday and Tuesday, 3-8pm.  Schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 Testing

On Campus

FREE COVID-19 testing is offered for symptomatic or asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff at the University-Oxford Depot on campus Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. and this Sunday, 12 noon-4 p.m. See the full schedule and more details here. To schedule your test:
  • Text “2020” to 833-991-3009 OR click on this link:
  • Complete the Testing Intake Form
  • You will receive a confirmation # to present at the testing site
  • Show up (with your University-affiliated ID) any day, any time during testing hours that week. 
Additionally, University Health Center continues to offer COVID testing on campus. Call Student Health at (662) 915-7274 or Employee Health at (662) 915-6550 to schedule a test. 

Oxford/Lafayette County

Flu Shots on Campus

  • Oct. 14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., The Pavilion

The cost is $40 and can be billed to most insurance plans as university students, faculty, and staff should bring their Ole Miss ID and prescription insurance card. Costs not covered by insurance can be charged to Bursar accounts.

Featured FAQ: Can I interchange vaccines and get a different booster than my original two-dose vaccine?  

At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are not considered to be interchangeable. A booster dose should be produced by the same provider as the primary vaccine series.

News Stories and Resources

COVID-19 Data

  • MSDH reported the following information for COVID-19 cases in Mississippi (as of Oct. 12):
    • 719 new cases, 26 new deaths and 56 long-term care facilities outbreaks.
  • Mississippi Vaccination Report (as of Oct. 13):
    • 2,888,686 total doses administered; 1,520,858 people receiving at least one dose; and 1,344,413 people fully vaccinated.
    • Lafayette County: 57,596 Total Doses Administered; 26,902 People Fully Vaccinated, 50% of Total Population Fully Vaccinated.
  • UMMC COVID-19 Patient Status (as of 10/13)
  • COVID-19 Patients, Oxford/Lafayette County (as of 10/13)

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