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COVID-19 Update Issued Nov. 12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2021) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto issued an update to the campus community about the university's response to COVID-19 on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 12. You can read that message below. 


Campus Community, 

Each and every person who becomes vaccinated against COVID-19 makes our community safer. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to each of you who have made that choice — who have added another layer of protection for yourselves and those around you.

This week, our campus vaccination rate is 89.6%. We are so close to reaching our goal of 90%. Broken down among population segments, these rates are: 

  • Faculty – 97%
  • Staff – 93%
  • Students – 87%
  • Campus – 89%
  • UK HealthCare – 93%

If you have not yet decided to be vaccinated, I encourage you to request an appointment at


If you are six months past your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, consider scheduling your third-dose booster. Per the governor’s recommendations, people 18- 64 who work in environments such as health care and education, which may entail higher risk of exposure to the virus, are eligible. 

Go to to sign up for an appointment. This sign-up process is the same one we used last academic year for our vaccine clinics.

  • You must bring your CDC vaccination card or proof of vaccination to the appointment. Replacement cards cannot be issued at the booster appointment. Walk-up appointments will not be accepted. (Lost your card? Request a copy.
  • At this time, you do not have to have a third shot to be considered fully vaccinated. 

Vaccines for Children Ages 5-17

Last week, we opened the COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children ages 5-17, located at 245 Fountain CourtThis clinic offers a child-friendly environment, supported by child life specialists and operates Monday-Friday, 1-7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Those interested in vaccinating their children should register at and look for the button for ages 5-17. Frequently asked questions about pediatric COVID-19 vaccines also are available on the website. 

Thank you for everything you are doing. You make me proud to be part of this community.  

Eli Capilouto