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University of Mississippi

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Workplace Considerations and Strategies

April 28, 2021

Vaccination Guidance

In accordance with the University’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are providing guidance to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our customers and visitors; and the community at large from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19 or influenza, that may be reduced by vaccinations.

All employees are encouraged to receive vaccinations as determined by Mississippi Department of Health and your medical provider.

When available, Employee Health and/or the School of Pharmacy notifies the campus of the timeframe(s) for having a vaccine administered. The University will provide either onsite access to the vaccines or a list of locations to assist employees in receiving vaccines on their own.

When the cost of the vaccine is not covered either by Employee Health or School of Pharmacy or if the vaccine is received off-campus at another location, vaccinations should be run through employees’ health insurance where applicable and otherwise be submitted for reimbursement.

All employees will be paid for time taken to receive vaccinations administered on campus.

For offsite vaccinations, employees are to work with their managers to schedule an appropriate time that is least disruptive to the work day.  Up to two hours of administrative leave is available for non-exempt/hourly employees receiving the vaccine offsite when it cannot be scheduled before or after work or during a lunch break.

Please direct any questions regarding this guidance to the Department of Human Resources,

Employee Responsibilities

Our highest priority continues to be safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of the university community.  The university is taking necessary measures to maintain a safe workplace, consistent with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor Tate Reeve’s Safe Return executive order, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), city of Oxford’s Serving Oxford Safely order, and local health authorities.

1. Understanding of Employee Responsibilities regarding COVID-19

All employees (including faculty, administrators and supervisors/managers) are required to review the expectations of employees related to return to work on campus and certify via the digital attestation that it has been read and the expectations are understood.

2. 2021 Training

All employees (including faculty, administrators and supervisors/managers) are required to complete the “Work Strategies” presentation that  will be accessible the week of May 11, 2021 at

Work from Home (Telecommuting/telework)

Formal telework and processes will be available soon. Learn more about best practices for telework.

Manage job stress & build resilience

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Questions?  Human Resources representatives are available to assist ( or 915-7431).