Published: Jan. 28, 2021

Through the spring semester, campus officials are providing weekly updates through CU Boulder Today and weekly Campus Q&As.

Boulder County remains at Level Orange: High Risk 

Reminder: Under Level Orange: High Risk, a personal gathering is limited to a maximum of 10 people from no more than two households.

Boulder County shifted to Level Orange: High Risk on the COVID-19 state dial on Monday, Jan. 4. You can learn more from the county’s news release. It is important to continue following public health guidance by wearing a face covering, practicing physical distancing and following the guidelines on personal gatherings.

New this week:

Monitoring testing and Buff Pass incentives

  • Students, faculty and staff following Protect Our Herd guidance, including participating in the campus COVID-19 monitoring program and using Buff Pass, will be eligible to receive incentives. Items will include gift cards from a variety of vendors, Buff gear and gadgets.
  • No additional registration is needed to qualify. Through participation in the COVID-19 monitoring program and by using Buff Pass, students, faculty and staff automatically become eligible to receive incentives.

Rec Center added as a monitoring site

  • The Rec Center was added as another testing site for the COVID-19 monitoring program. 
  • The Rec Center will serve as one of the locations for testing during move-in for the spring semester.

Campus Public Health Clinic open Saturdays as of Jan. 23

  • To meet the need for diagnostic testing and other services on Saturdays, the Public Health Clinic at Wardenburg will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Services include: COVID-19 diagnostic testing and in-clinic appointments for COVID-19-like symptoms.
  • To schedule an appointment, please visit the online scheduling portal. You may also call 303-492-5432 to schedule by phone.
  • Please note monitoring testing is not conducted through the Public Health Clinic at Wardenburg.


  • CU Boulder is administering 100 vaccines this week to recipients identified according to the state’s current phase for eligibility. 

Vaccine notifications

At this time, due to continuing supply chain uncertainties, the campus is unable to determine consistently when and how many vaccines will be received each week. When a vaccine shipment is received:

  • Eligible CU Boulder community members will be notified through their email account as vaccines become available. In some instances, campus members may receive a phone call instead of an email. In this case, a Medical Services staff member will call from a phone number with the prefix 492 or 735, offering the opportunity to receive a vaccine. 
  • Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • At this time, vaccine appointments will be available Wednesday through Friday of the week in which they are available. Depending on the quantity we receive, vaccination appointments may be available the same day you are notified or may only be available the same day you are notified. 

  • Those who are unable to make an appointment during the allotted time frame will need to wait for the next vaccine availability. At this time, there is no option to reschedule or tentatively hold an appointment. 
  • Once you receive the first dose, you will receive instructions for scheduling your second dose.
  • If you are required to complete weekly monitoring testing based on your role with CU Boulder, you will continue to be required to participate regardless of when/if you receive a vaccine.

Read more about vaccines at CU Boulder.

Weekly Campus Q&A


Buff Pass reminder

State COVID-19 resources

  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) launched the Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Facts campaign Jan. 19 to convey that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Video ads have been produced in English and in Spanish.

Spring 2021 semester

Contact information

Available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, contact Buff Info via email or by phone: 303-492-INFO (4636).