New Date for Federal Vaccine Requirement and Clarification on Booster Availability

November 8, 2021


Dear University Community,

We are writing to provide an update on the federal vaccine requirement for all university employees, including all students employees, regardless of mode of work. The deadline for all employees to receive their final vaccine dose, or to have requested and received a medical or religious exemption, has been extended to Jan. 4, 2022. Remember, if you are fully vaccinated and have already uploaded proof of vaccination you don’t need to do anything else.

  1. Visit to make an appointment or get vaccinated at UNH Health & Wellness.
  2. Already vaccinated but haven’t reported it to UNH? Visit the main COVID site and look for the ‘upload proof of vaccination’ button.
  3. Request a religious or medical exemption.

Another component of the federal requirement is that the university adheres to CDC guidelines for masking and distancing. This, combined with our uptick in positive cases of COVID-19 and weather changes moving gatherings inside, means we will not be lifting the indoor mask requirement. The university is committed to your safety and to completing the fall semester in person. Maintaining the mask requirement and following our testing protocol will continue to keep the community safe after everyone returns from the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for your understanding.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are also available at H&W. University students and employees may receive a booster dose because of the increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission in a university setting. Learn more about timing, eligibility and availability here.

Thank you for your continued support.

Paul Dean
Chief of Police/Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Risk Management
Co-Chair of UNH Testing and Tracing Committee

Marian McCord 
Senior Vice Provost for Research, Economic Engagement, and Outreach
Co-Chair of UNH Testing and Tracing Committee

Peter Degnan, MD
Medical Director, UNH Health & Wellness