University of Michigan students, faculty and staff with lingering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine are able to discuss the topic with advisers provided by the university.
Advisers will be available to answer general questions about the vaccine, its safety and the role of vaccination in personal and community health. The resource is available to students and employees across all three campuses and Michigan Medicine.
Advisers will not offer medical advice or address any issues related to human resources or university policy.
“We’re happy to provide this resource for members of our community to have their questions answered and their concerns addressed in regard to COVID-19 vaccination,” said Emily Stoneman, director of Occupational Health Services, which is coordinating the adviser program for faculty and staff, along with University Human Resources and MHealthy.
“The advisers are prepared to share the information that people need to make an informed decision about vaccination and its importance to U-M as we prepare for the fall.”
Advisers will field questions from faculty and staff from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses and the health system by phone on weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The phone number is 734-764-8021, and callers should select prompt No. 2.
Instead of accessing an adviser by phone, students from the university’s three campuses who have questions about the vaccine are invited to sign up for a Zoom discussion with a clinician or nurse using the University Health Service website. The advisers are available for sessions on weekdays from 8-10 a.m.
“Our hope is that students will reach out to us to talk through any questions or concerns they have,” said Lindsey Mortenson, acting executive director of UHS.
The new adviser program supports the universitywide COVID-19 vaccine requirement announced July 30. All students, faculty and staff from all three campuses and Michigan Medicine, including those working or learning remotely, must be vaccinated and submit their vaccination information before the start of the fall term Aug. 30.
The university is providing limited exemptions for medical or religious reasons.