At the University of Florida, caring for yourself and others is the cornerstone of our campus community. We expect students, faculty and staff to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health guidance to protect their health and support the safety of everyone. We encourage you to monitor your health and if you feel ill, take steps to minimize interactions with others.
What should I do if I’m feeling ill?
If you are feeling ill, you should follow CDC guidance by limiting your contact with others, get tested and monitor yourself. For any additional guidance, please contact your primary care physician or the Student Health Care Center at 352-392-1161. For questions about isolation or quarantine call the Florida Department of Health in Alachua at 352-273-9790. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
- If you are concerned you have COVID-19, and are presenting with the symptoms found on this CDC symptoms webpage, complete a COVID-19 test as soon as possible. If you test negative for COVID-19, test again 1 to 2 days after your first test.
- You can get a test through your primary care provider, a retail pharmacy or with an at-home COVID test kit. Order your free at-home COVID-19 tests.
- UF students can schedule a clinical appointment at the Student Health Care Center at 352-392-1161 for a COVID-19 test.
UF has suspended its easy-access COVID-19 test sites due to a number of factors, including the universal availability of free or low-cost, at-home testing as well as testing provided by retail pharmacies and private care providers. While the current need for mass testing is low in our community, plans are in place to reestablish a mass testing site in the event it is deemed necessary.
Order your free at-home COVID-19 test
Local, state and national resources
- Alachua County Florida Department of Health
- Florida Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQs
If you are a student and need to miss class for medical reasons, please reach out to your instructor regarding your absence and any accommodation requests. It is the decision of the instructor whether to provide additional attendance options for the course. If necessary, If necessary, Campus Assistance & Resources for Empowerment (CARE) in the Dean of Students Office is available to support you with instructor notifications. Instructor Notifications are not an official excuse to miss class, but they do provide communication to faculty on a student’s behalf to request that the instructor work with the student to complete missed coursework/exams when appropriate. It is worth noting that you do not need to share medical information with your instructor.
Faculty and Staff
If you are feeling well enough to work from home and your department has granted you permission to work at an alternate work location, you may work from home. If you are not feeling well enough to work, there are several options for taking leave or you may also apply for additional leave through UF’s leave donation program. Please review the UF HR guidelines for these programs.
Vaccines and Boosters
Students, faculty and staff can receive vaccines and boosters (for those 12+) from the UF Student Health Care Center and UF Health pharmacies at no cost. UF expects but does not require that faculty, staff or students receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines
What You Need to Know from the CDC
- CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster. Some people can receive two boosters.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have specific COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, including recommendations for a booster. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
- The following COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to follow data related to vaccine effectiveness and safety, waning immunity, and protection against variants.
Masks are welcome at UF
Based on the COVID-19 Community Levels and given that most people are now vaccinated and many boosted, the University of Florida has adjusted its approach to its guidelines for this next phase of the pandemic. Currently, masks are welcome, so please feel free to wear a mask for your safety and the safety of others.
Masks required at UF Health
Within our UF Health hospitals or other patient-facing clinical facilities, including our dentistry practices and our veterinary hospitals, face coverings are required. Please continue to practice physical distancing.
Where to get masks on campus
- Masks and other supplies are available for faculty and staff through each unit’s HR liaison for use in connection with assigned duties. Masks can be purchased for personal use at Office Depot through the UF GatorPerks program.
- Disposable masks will continue to be available in locations across campus, including in classrooms, for anyone who may need one; however, campus community members are encouraged to purchase their own KN95 masks.
- Information on masks for UF Health faculty and staff can be found on the UF Health intranet.
- COVID-19 Dashboard (Archived)
Updates to the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect dashboard were discontinued on Dec. 31, 2021 when services were transitioned to the Florida Department of Health.
- Campus Communicators (Archived)
Archive of Screen, Test & Protect signage, posters and other creative campaign assets.