COVID-19 update released on November 12 – Community News

COVID-19 update released on November 12

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

campus community,

Every person who gets vaccinated against COVID-19 makes our community safer. I want to express my deepest gratitude to each of you who made that choice – who added an extra layer of protection for yourself and those around you.

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

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

If you have not yet decided to get vaccinated, I recommend that you make an appointment at


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

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

  • You must bring your CDC vaccination card or vaccination certificate with you to the appointment. Replacement cards cannot be issued at the booster appointment. Appointments for walk-in consultation hours are not accepted. (Lost your card? Request a copy.)
  • At this point, you do not need to have a third injection to be considered fully vaccinated.

Vaccines for children aged 5-17

Last week we opened the COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children aged 5-17, located at 245 Fountain Court. This clinic offers a child-friendly environment, supported by child life specialists and is open Monday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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

Thank you for everything you do. You make me proud to be a part of this community.

Eli Capilouto