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COVID-19 update: This is still a vaccination story

Dear Campus Community, I hope all is well with all of you as we keep moving forward in yet another semester impacted by COVID-19. As all of you know, this summer was brutal in Florida with regard to COVID, with unprecedented rates of new infections and record numbers of hospitalizations.

COVID-19 update: Surveillance testing and booster vaccines

Dear Campus Community, It’s been some time since my last campus update, and it is great to finally catch a moment to reach back out to all of you. I took some much-needed time off recently and, after returning last month, we have been working non-stop to adjust to the…

COVID-19 Update: Past, present and future

Hello Gators,I hope you are all doing well, and that despite the flurry of activity that accompanies the end of each semester, you got a chance to relax a little this past weekend. Someone recently asked me how much of my quiet time I spend thinking about the past,…

We’re Chomping Out COVID-19!

Greetings Gators, What a fantastic, record-setting effort we had last week: more than 17,250 people vaccinated at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium through our collaboration with the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County and with the support of Gator athletics — most of them students! Let’s keep our foot on…

Gators Get Vaccinated!

From the director of Screen, Test & Protect: Dear Campus Community, April has always been my favorite month. The weather is unbeatable, another school year is close to being in the books, and, well, it’s when I mark my birthday. After passing so many “speed limit” birthdays, I am surprised…

Hope on the horizon

I hope you are all doing well. Since my last message two weeks ago, the unprecedented drop in new cases of COVID-19 has stopped, both locally and on campus. There is no clear pattern, just a plateau in cases over the last two weeks. At the moment, whether this is…

COVID-19 Update: Changes and our path forward with vaccinations

Dear Campus Community, In light of all the loss, suffering and costs imposed on humanity by the pandemic, it is easy to dismiss that the inability to indulge in the simpler comforts and routines of our lives all exact a toll that is difficult to measure. For me one of…

Cleared vs. Not Cleared and more on vaccines

Dear Campus Community, I hope you are all doing well. With these messages, my goal is to provide updates on COVID-19, especially as it relates to UF, including our interpretation of the data we are collecting, commentary on new information, and a plain-spoken, fact-based assessment of where we think things…

COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall for Agriculture

On February 19, UF/IFAS Extension and Dr. Michael Lauzardo hosted a town hall for agricultural workers. They answered questions about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. They also discussed how to talk about the vaccine with coworkers and family.