Letter from the Chancellor: January 13, 2021

Dear U of A Employees:

A lot of questions are coming in about the COVID-19 vaccine, so I wanted to give you a quick update on what we know as of right now. First, U of A faculty, staff and graduate assistants who are required to physically report to campus — most of our employees — are eligible for the vaccine in accordance with Phase 1-B (as determined by state guidelines). Letters confirming your affiliation with the university will be emailed to you Thursday. If you have questions concerning your status as a remote or onsite employee, you will need to direct those to your immediate supervisor or HR representative. Many of us are not entirely one or the other, so a case-by-case determination may need to be made. 

The U of A is currently planning a large-scale vaccination clinic at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Details are still being ironed out, and we anticipate there will be other future dates available once we pilot the initial clinic. Coordination is underway with Collier Drug Stores to conduct this event, including the creation of a link exclusive to the U of A community to make appointments. They’ve asked that we do not call or email them to request an appointment at this time, unless you meet the Phase 1-A criteria. We will provide you with this link as soon as it becomes available. For this and other vaccination updates, please see the vaccine portion of the campus spring guide. The latest news and information will be updated there and shared through news.uark.edu as well as other platforms. 

We are also planning a COVID-19 panel discussion for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. We anticipate this discussion will touch on the latest news related to vaccines, other updates for this semester as well as future planning, especially as we look ahead to summer and fall. Again, we will provide more information, including a link to access the panel and a way to ask questions, closer to the date.

Obviously, with a campus of our size there are a lot of moving parts and considerations, so we ask for your continued patience. We will keep you up to date on the latest news and details as they emerge. But rest assured, we are trying to get your questions answered — and everyone vaccinated who wishes to be — as quickly as possible.


Joe Steinmetz, Ph.D.


February 8, 2021 Vaccination update: Second doses planned January 27, 2021 Recording of panel discussion available January 26, 2021 Appointments for new groups of employees January 22, 2021 Appointments required for vaccination January 22, 2021 Panel to discuss respons, vaccine rollout January 21, 2021 Eligibility letters sent to employees January 16, 2021 Patience requested, Phase 1-B will take time January 13, 2021 Most employees eligible for vaccination January 5, 2021 Drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic December 16, 2020 Spring COVID-19 Response Guide November 20, 2020 Get tested before the break October 8, 2020 Staying the course after Thanksgiving September 30, 2020 Drive-thru flu vaccines September 22, 2020 Cases decline September 16, 2020 On-campus events resume September 9, 2020 Contact tracing, self-reporting September 4, 2020 On-campus events suspended September 2, 2020 Self-reporting, reporting violations, dashboard August 31,2020 COVID-19 testing, drive-thru clinic August 20, 2020 Health kits distibution August 14, 2020 Keep Teaching resource launches July 17, 2020 Masks required June 1, 2020 Return to Campus Guide May 22, 2020 Fall plans being finalized May 12, 2020 Essential research allowed May 4, 2020 CARES Act funding distribution plans April 30, 2020 Looking ahead to the fall April 20, 2020 CARES Act April 8, 2020 Credits, tuition, commencement April 2, 2020 Determined to help March 25, 2020 Adjusting to a new normal (video) March 23, 2020 First COVID-19 case involving U of A community March 18, 2020 First COVID-19 case reported in NWA March 12, 2020 In-person classes suspended March 11, 2020 University travel suspended March 11, 2020 First COVID-19 case reported in Arkansas