Vaccination, Testing, & Masking Requirements

Vaccination Requirements

To protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of the UNM community, the University of New Mexico will require that all faculty, staff and students accessing University facilities and programs be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible, but no later than September 30, 2021.

This mandate requires all UNM faculty, staff and students who access campus facilities, housing, programs, services and activities in person to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, subject to limited exemptions.

Please visit UNM’s vaccine verification site to upload documentation confirming your vaccination status.

This mandate was endorsed by the UNM Board of Regents on August 5, 2021, and went into effect on that date.
Click here to read the full text of the mandate.

Exemptions to the Vaccination Mandate

The University of New Mexico permits accommodations to this mandate, based on qualifying disabilities or serious medical conditions, or for the religious observances, beliefs, and practices of its students and employees. 

If you believe you qualify for an exemption, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the appropriate exemption form.  
  2. Upload the completed exemption form on the UNM vaccination verification site. The request will then be reviewed by the office of Compliance, Ethics, and Equal Opportunity. 
  3. Expect an e-mail response [note that high volume may lengthen response time]. 
  4. If approved, be prepared to receive periodic e-mail requests to upload proof of a negative PCR test result for samples collected and tested within 7 days of the upload. 

Required COVID-19 Testing

Individuals who have a pending or approved Religious or Disability/Medical Condition/Pregnancy/Lactation Status exemption or accommodation from receiving the vaccine are required to submit to weekly COVID testing.

Required COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees and students is vital for maintaining the health and safety of all UNM community members.

Who does this apply to?

UNM employees and students who have a pending or approved Religious or Disability/Medical Condition/Pregnancy/Lactation Status exemption or accommodation from the vaccine requirement are subject to regular COVID testing and must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test every seven (7) calendar days.

What tests are accepted?

Only PCR or NAAT tests will be accepted.  Mail-order PCR saliva tests are acceptable, such as the test available from the Vault Health.  In-home or rapid antigen tests are not acceptable for meeting the testing requirement.

Where do I get tested?

The COVID-19 test will be at the expense of the employee/student.  The State of New Mexico has contracted with a test provider that currently provides tests free of charge.

Other testing locations may be found online through the NM DOH Please note that testing for this purpose is not available at Student Health and Counseling (SHAC).

Where do I report my results?

Employees and students are required to upload a copy of their test results at the UNM COVID-19 Test Results Upload Site as soon as they are received, but no later than Friday each week. Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test is due every seven (7) calendar days.

What if my test results are Positive?

If you test positive, you should quarantine yourself, report your positive diagnosis online at, and contact the UNM COVID-19 Call Center at 505-515-8212 for specific quarantine and isolation guidance.

Masking Requirements

The University of New Mexico presently requires masks to be worn indoors by all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, at all locations on the UNM Albuquerque, McKinley, Taos, and Valencia campuses, as well as our regional site in Sandoval County.  Masks must be worn in any indoor group setting, including classrooms.   

All students, faculty, staff and visitors should wear their masks at all times in UNM buildings unless they are eating, drinking, or in an office alone. Please help us continue good public health practices (handwashing; staying home when ill; physical distancing, when possible; mask-wearing, etc.) so we all stay safe and healthy. This policy aligns with the current UNM Health Sciences Center policy for all individuals to wear masks in indoor settings, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, giving us a consistent policy for all our sites in Albuquerque. 

Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks outdoors, or in their assigned rooms in our residence halls. 

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This page was last updated on (August 9, 2021 at 4:45 pm).