Delta Variant Message from the Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine

The highly transmissible Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly across our region, and it is of the utmost importance that we take measures to protect ourselves and others against this extremely fast and dangerous spread.

Effective immediately, all students, faculty, and employees of the Academic Enterprise should resume wearing masks on campus, regardless of vaccination status. If we have campus visitors, they will also be expected to wear a mask.

This protective measure follows the UTMB COVID-19 Clinical Task Force’s updated guidelines implemented July 22, stating that virtual meetings are still highly encouraged, and in-person meetings should be limited to no more than 50 percent room capacity. Please refer to the full guidance for detailed information.

I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the tremendous importance of increasing our vaccination rates. 

  • At this time, our vaccination rate among all faculty is 62.68 percent.
  • The vaccination rates among our students across all schools are as follows:
    • Student Vaccine Status
    • School/ProgramOn File Not on FilePercentage Vaccinated
      SOM - PA 34324 93.46%
      SOM - MD8716093.56%
      SON - Undergrad3987584.14%
      SON - Graduate26818959.29%

If you have not yet been vaccinated, we strongly urge you to do so immediately. Although breakthrough cases are occurring, the majority of hospital admissions continue to be among the unvaccinated population. Vaccine supply is abundant, and appointments are readily available for online scheduling across our locations.

Thank you for your cooperation as we navigate this latest challenging development in our ongoing fight against COVID-19. Your commitment to the safety of our campus and community is greatly valued.

Sincerely yours,

Charles P. Mouton, MD, MS, MBA
Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine
Thomas N. and Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair