Dear CU Boulder students, faculty and staff,
I am writing to let you know that CU Boulder’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students, faculty and staff will end effective May 15, 2023 with the start of Maymester and the summer terms.
The university will continue to strongly recommend COVID-19 vaccinations for all in our campus community as a safe, effective tool for minimizing the effects of COVID-19, including serious illness and death. And COVID-19 vaccination will continue to be required for students and staff working in CU Boulder health care facilities in alignment with federal/state guidance.
Aligning our approach
Both nationally and locally, we are in a different phase of COVID-19 where cases have decreased significantly thanks to widespread uptake of the vaccine, population immunity and the availability of effective therapeutics. We are making this change to our requirements now in alignment with:
- The federal government preparing to end the COVID-19 public health emergency on May 11
- The state of Colorado having ended its vaccine and testing requirements for state employees in August 2022
- Our university peers across the country who increasingly are making similar changes to their policies
Continued campus resources
While vaccine requirements are ending, the university will continue to provide a number of resources related to COVID-19:
- Vaccines/testing: As long as the federal supply of vaccines and testing lasts, it will remain free for students, faculty and staff through Medical Services.
- When federal supplies end, we will continue to offer vaccines and testing and can bill your insurance for these services.
- Academic Live Care: ALC provides free telehealth urgent care services for faculty, staff and students who are ill and seeking consultation with a healthcare provider.
A note of thanks
As we have since the start of the pandemic, our university will remain vigilant and adjust our protocols as necessary to remain aligned with public health guidance.
Our campus leaders and I are grateful for the commitment of our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our campus community was one of the most vaccinated populations in the state, and your efforts to get vaccinated and wear masks saved lives and enabled the university to reopen and remain open to in-person instruction, research and operations. Our hope is that you will continue to take actions that protect yourselves and each other.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Health and Wellness Services