Are face coverings required?
Our expectation is that students, faculty and staff wear masks while indoors, in line with CDC guidance and with Florida’s State University System and in an effort to help protect our campus community. However, neither the university nor individual faculty and staff members may require individuals to wear masks if they choose not to do so.
Is UCF a vaccination site?
Yes. The Pfizer vaccine is available at the Student Health Center on the main campus, and we strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to get fully vaccinated.
What is required of those returning to campus?
UCF expects continued following of latest CDC guidelines. All students, employees and visitors at all UCF campuses are encouraged to monitor their symptoms using the COVID Self-Checker available online and in the UCF Mobile app. Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in proximity to someone who has must stay home and not come to UCF.
What do I do if I exhibit symptoms of COVID-19?
If you become ill with symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and contact your primary care physician, who will determine whether testing or treatment is needed. UCF students and employees must call the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509
Also follow these best practices while awaiting test results and if you test positive for COVID-19:
- Do not leave your home, except to get medical care, until cleared by your healthcare provider.
- Do not share household items.
- Wear a mask around others if contact is necessary.
- Report if you have tested positive for COVID-19 by calling the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509
Will I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal of vaccination is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.
How will I be informed of possible COVID-19 exposure at UCF?
If there is the possibility that you have been exposed to COVID-19 because a colleague has tested positive, you will be notified directly. Through contact tracing, the Department of Health will assess and inform all persons who may be at risk and require quarantine and/or testing. In line with public health practices and medical and student privacy laws, only those who would need to know about confirmed COVID-19 cases for personal health and safety reasons will be informed.
The Department of Health will notify UCF of all known or suspected cases at UCF, and confirmed cases will be shared with the public via the dashboard on the COVID-19 website.
UCF Housing, Environmental Health and Safety or other areas will be notified of known or suspected cases and the need for isolation, quarantine and appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or if someone I have been close to does?
If You Test Positive
If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home and do not come to UCF. Avoid contact with other people and social gatherings to keep from spreading your illness to others. Employees should notify their supervisor that they are ill and not able to return to work and follow the instructions of their healthcare provider. All students and faculty and staff members should notify UCF that they have tested positive by calling the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509.
If Someone You’ve Been Close to Tests Positive
If you know that you have had close contact with a co-worker, visitor, family member or other individual who has confirmed COVID-19, you should stay home and contact your primary care physician, who will determine whether testing is needed. A high-risk exposure generally involves exposure of eyes, nose or mouth, particularly if the individual was in contact of less than 6 feet for a period more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period with a person infected with COVID-19.
Which type of vaccine is UCF distributing?
UCF is administering the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. On Aug. 23, the FDA granted full approval to Pfizer’s vaccine, an important step in increasing vaccination rates among the vaccine-hesitant.
Upon completion of the first dose, Student Health Services will provide instructions for scheduling your second dose in the recommended three weeks.
Are there any exceptions? Are face coverings still required at the clinics?
Yes. As medical facilities, the Student Health Center, UCF Health, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) still require face coverings inside their buildings. Additionally, as a simulated clinical environment, the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center at the College of Medicine also requires face coverings.
Do I need to immediately return to UCF to obtain my face covering?
No. UCF has ordered enough face coverings for all students and faculty and staff members, and they will be available throughout the summer and fall semesters.
If I am an out-of-state student, am I eligible to receive the vaccine in Florida?
Will the COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive?
No, the vaccine won’t cause you to test positive on a COVID-19 viral test, such as the PCR or antigen tests. However, you may test positive for the antibody test, due to developing an immune response.
How do I obtain a UCF ID card to receive my face covering?
UCF Card Services is open for students and employees in need of a new or replacement UCF Card.
New students who have not yet received their UCF ID will receive their face covering in conjunction with distribution of their UCF Cards later this summer.
If I am visiting UCF's campus, what preventative measures should I take?
UCF encourages visitors to our campuses to wear face coverings indoors, even if they are vaccinated. We also ask that visitors monitor their symptoms using the COVID Self-Checker available online, and stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in proximity to someone who has.
Should I still get vaccinated if I tested positive for COVID before?
There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again, and more studies are needed. Vaccination is advised regardless of a history of COVID illness.
What policy should employees and students at UCF Connect campuses hosted by state colleges follow for face coverings?
Employees and students should follow the policy of their host state college when they are working at or studying on those campuses.
How is UCF tracing and tracking cases of COVID-19?
Robust tracing of COVID-19 cases at UCF will help the university identify and contain potentially impacted populations. UCF will continue to partner with state and local health officials to regularly monitor rates of new cases.
Will I still have to follow COVID precautions once I get vaccinated?
How do I wash the face covering?
It is recommended that the face coverings are washed by hand with mild liquid detergent after each day’s use and then hung dry.
What if I lost my COVID-19 vaccination card?
If you are an Orange County resident and need to request a CDC COVID-19 vaccination replacement card, visit the Florida Department of Orange County’s webpage to make this request. If you are NOT an Orange County, Fla. resident, please contact your County Health Department where you reside in order to make this request.
How do I obtain disposable masks for campus visitors?
Disposable masks will be provided to building liaisons for distribution upon request, and more information will be shared with those individuals in the coming weeks.
How will face coverings be enforced?
What are the possible side effects from the vaccine?
The CDC states that any vaccine can cause side effects. For the most part these are minor, for example, a sore arm or low-grade fever that go away within a few days.
Do I have to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
While there is no federal or state mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, all eligible individuals are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. In addition to protecting each recipient against infection, it is essential that a large enough percent of the population receives the vaccine in order to achieve “herd immunity” to prevent continued spread of the virus causing COVID-19. We must each play our part in this process, as we have in the past with vaccines to eliminate the threat of polio, measles and other viral infections.
If I’ve tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do next?
Any student, faculty or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 should call the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509. This will start the contact tracing process, and Student Health Services employees will follow up with additional instructions for taking care of yourself and protecting others.
Is UCF storing or sharing my symptoms from the Self-Checker?
No. UCF is committed to protecting your privacy. The symptoms you indicate in the self-checker will not be shared or stored in any system of record.
Are schools requiring students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, similar to mumps and measles? Will restrictions be placed on my child if we refuse to vaccinate?
There is no requirement for students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time, though UCF is expecting students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated in the interest of our community’s health and safety.
How much will this vaccine cost me? Is it covered by my insurance?
There is no cost for the vaccine. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
How can I ask that someone mask up?
The request to wear masks can be simple: “Please wear masks in this class for the protection of yourselves and those around you who may be at higher risk from COVID complications.” Or, you may add personal reasons that this is a matter of concern to you, such as living with someone who is immunocompromised and at higher risk. Please be certain that you are asking, not attempting to mandate.
Is the COVID Self-Checker required?
Is UCF collecting proof of vaccination?
UCF is encouraging all who are able to do so to get fully vaccinated if they have not yet already. We are not collecting information about vaccination status at this time.
What COVID-19 precautions is UCF taking?
Pandemic precautions such as the COVID Line, contact tracing, wastewater testing, genomic surveillance and the optional COVID Self-Checker will remain in effect through the fall. Everyone is expected to follow the latest CDC guidance regarding wearing masks indoors.
What if I have special concerns due to a personal health condition?
Those with limitations due to a medical condition that qualify for an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can request an accommodation by completing the Reasonable Accommodation Request form and submitting it to the Office of Institutional Equity. For more information about the accommodation request process, please visit the OIE website.
Note that being at increased risk of severe illness related to COVID-19 alone does not qualify for an accommodation under the ADA.
What steps is UCF taking to enhance the safety of the campus environment?
Increased cleaning and daily classroom disinfections will continue, along with access to hand-sanitizing stations. During the pandemic, many touchless faucets, paper-towel dispensers and step-and-pull door openers were installed in high-touch areas. Additionally, HVAC systems across UCF’s campuses also have been upgraded over the past year to mitigate the spread of pathogens through the air.