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COVID-19 Vaccines and Illness Prevention

The goal is for every member of the OU community to receive a vaccination and to ensure that all students, faculty and staff are completely immunized through 2021-2022 academic year. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after they have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The University is requiring all campus community members to confidentially upload their COVID-19 vaccination data. Additional information is available in Graham Health Center’s Patient Portal Instructions.

University work supervisors are authorized to ask reports only whether they are vaccinated and, if not, whether they intend to be vaccinated. Supervisors are not authorized to share an individual’s vaccination status with others except as advised by the university's Office of Legal Affairs.

Employees who decline to disclose their vaccination status will be expected to follow established infection prevention protocols for unvaccinated individuals. Students will not be asked to disclose their vaccination status.

COVID-19 Vaccines available at Graham Health Center:

Graham Health Center will continue to offer COVID-19 Vaccine throughout 2021-2022 academic year to help ensure the OU community members are prepared for the fall semester.  For current and up to date vaccine availability and general information, please visit the GHC website. *Please note: Vaccines offered at GHC are available for those 18 years of age and older. There is no out of pocket fee's for the vaccine.

All students, faculty and staff interested in scheduling an appointment can do so online via the GHC Patient Portal. OU alumni, family members and non-OU affiliates can call GHC for an appointment at (248) 370-2341.

When coming to campus for your appointment, please have your OU Daily Health Screening Form available to be verified, or show your daily screening status on your smartphone. Following MIOSHA guidelines, face masks are required to enter Graham Health Center building since it is a healthcare facility.

Oakland University Vaccine Upload

All students, faculty and staff please upload your vaccination status to the Graham Health Center secure patient portal. To learn more about uploading vaccine status, visit the patient portal instructions page

The university will not share individual vaccination status publicly, only aggregate data used to track the collective vaccination rate of all campus community members.

How to obtain a copy of your immunization record

If you have received vaccines in the state of Michigan, and need a copy of your immunization record, you can now access the Michigan Immunization  Care Registry (MCIR) here:  https://mdhhsmiimmsportal.state.mi.us/  This new portal will allow you to create an account, download or save a PDF of your record.  This can be uploaded as supporting documentation for your COVID-19 vaccines.

To verify if your COVID-19 vaccine was submitted to the portal, follow these steps.  Log into the secure patient portal, view the Immunization Tab in the lower left corner.  You should see your COVID-19 vaccine details (name/date) listed.  If it says (unverified) it is still in process.  If (unverified) is NOT there, your record has been received and processed.  Please allow up to 7 days for processing.  GHC is receiving many records and we are processing them as quickly as possible.

Additional information about the COVID-19 Vaccine:

Illness Prevention

Campus Cleaning and Climate Control
  • Campus community members seeking general information about campus cleaning plans made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to review the OU Cleaning and Disinfecting Plan.
  • Building exhaust fans and dampers provide fresh air into university facilities. Because many are undersized or not adequately operating, replacement of these items will take place over the summer of 2021 and is expected to be complete prior to the Fall 2021 semester.
  • All campus buildings that are not going through or scheduled for renovation will have their air handling systems equipped with MERV 13 filters. This pleated filter utilizes an electrostatic charge to remove very fine particles from your air, as well as potential allergens like mold, pet dander, bacteria—even particles that carry viruses, such as COVID-19.
General Prevention Recommendations

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide detailed guidance in COVID-19 infection prevention for both fully vaccinated and vaccinated individuals.

Recommendations for Individuals with Elevated Health Risks
  • OU employees are urged to follow recommendations outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Oakland County Health Division and Beaumont Health.
  • Older employees with underlying medical issues (chronic bronchitis, emphysema, hypertension, heart failure, diabetes or weak immunity) should take extra caution and avoid public gatherings, if possible.
  • This group is among those who have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, according to a range of health organizations.
  • Faculty and staff in this group should consult with their supervisors or department chairs regarding available prevention arrangements.
Campus Health Resources

Opportunities for engagement

  • Daily virtual group exercise classes: a variety of formats are offered, no experience necessary. Minimal equipment or no equipment needed. Modifications are provided for all fitness levels. Formats include but aren't limited to yoga, strength, Zumba, dance fusion, abs glutes and thighs, etc.
  • eSports and gaming: numerous virtual tournaments are being offered throughout the remainder of the semester. Multiple games like Super Smash Bros, Fortnite, COD Warzone, and Rocket League are available.
  • Wellness activities: virtual trivia, mindfulness and breathing along with stress management tools are offered. A Wellness @ Home series with projects to keep your mind healthy is also available weekly or bi-weekly. Led by peer ambassadors, virtual wellness is a great way to de-stress and relax.

How to Take Care of Yourself

  • Eat regular, healthy meals.
  • Get at least eight hours of sleep.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Find a way to keep active in your room. Consider streamed exercise classes.
  • Open your windows and get fresh air when you can.
  • Connect with friends and family virtually.
  • Do not use alcohol or recreational drugs.
  • No smoking, no vaping.
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Use fever-reducing medicines as indicated by medical personnel.

Health care

Mental care:

Physical health:

Peer support:

Question and Concerns

Campus community members with questions and concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak that are not answered within this web section are encouraged to submit them to the University’s response and planning teams using the button below.


Additional Resources


Oakland University is invested in doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

Toward this end, we have created “Grizzlies Together Again,” a comprehensive plan for safe operations on campus. This plan involves both mitigating the risk of the COVID-19 virus spreading in our community and also working to avoid a virus outbreak on campus. Reducing the spread of the virus is done through mandatory and expected use of face coverings and ensuring the ability for proper social distancing whenever possible on campus. One component of the plan to help avoid a campus outbreak is the strategic use of advanced technology as a means to protect our campus.

We spent months searching for ALL possible ways to protect our community. We identified the BioButton as the best possible tool to supplement the other measures identified in the Grizzlies Together Again plan. Oakland University is among the first universities in the nation to utilize the cutting-edge technology. Buttons are available now for pickup. See below for locations and times. Questions on distribution can be sent to ocreservations@oakland.edu.

  • At Oakland University, we are committed to maintaining a safe campus.
  • The “Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies: Healthy Together” plan includes the strategic use of an advanced technology device called the BioButton. The BioButton is non-invasive, maintains your privacy, and, when worn properly, gives peace of mind that we’re all taking every possible precaution to guard against the spread of COVID-19.
  • Oakland University is the first university in the country to use the BioButton — which is a state-of-the-art, wearable device, about the size of a quarter, that continuously measures the wearer’s temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate.
  • I’m planning to wear one. And, members of the Oakland University leadership team are committed to wearing one, too.
  • And, while it’s not mandatory that you wear one, we have thoroughly considered the benefits of the device, and we are certain that it is in the best health and safety interest of the entire Oakland University community that you wear one, too.
  • I hope that you will, and I hope that you’ll see that the benefits of wearing a BioButton, which we will provide to you at no cost, really out weight the benefits of not wearing one.
  • Think of it this way:
    • Would you want to know at the earliest possible moment if you were at risk for a COVID-19 infection?
    • That information could not only help you minimize the effects of a COVID-19 infection, but this information is critical in minimizing the spread and transmission of this highly contagious virus.
  • Along with wearing a face covering, social distancing, and maintaining a rigorous hand-washing routine, wearing the BioButton, we believe, is a timely, effective, and much-needed preventative measure.
  • So, I bet you’re wondering, how it works.
  • Well, what you do is you attach this quarter-size button to your chest right near your left shoulder.
  • And then, the BioButton continuously measures temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate. And once a baseline is established, then you would be alerted if there is any unusual variation that might indicate that you possibly have a COVID-19 infection.
  • The BioButton works through the BioMobile iOS or Android app.
  • The data from the BioButton go into the BioCloud, where algorithms determine whether or not your data correlate with those who are consistent with a COVID-19 infection rates.
    • The system also uses information that you provide through a set of daily screening questions, which may also indicate the possibility of an infection.
    • The system then, privately combines your BioButton data and answers to your screening questions and sends you, on a daily basis, whether or not you are “cleared” or you are “not cleared.” And then you are informed whether you are allowed to be in class, or at work, and whether you can participate in campus activities.
    • If you are not cleared, then the Graham Health Center will follow up with you to determine what you need to do next.
  • We have taken measures to make sure that your data in the BioCloud remain private and secure. And only you are informed about your own specific data.

Contact Tracing

  • There’s one more important feature of wearing the BioButton. It allows for efficient and effective contact tracing, a proven public health method that minimizes the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • BioButton wearers will be alerted if they came into prolonged contact with another wearer who has tested positive, or who the Graham Health Center strongly suspects is COVID-19 positive.
    • This notification is not based on GPS or any other location tracking.
    • Rather, the alert is based on Bluetooth recognition of the proximity. Someone whose come within 15 feet of someone else who is wearing the BioButton for longer than 30 minutes.
    • And even if you don’t wear your BioButton but you’re simply carry it with you, or have it on your phone, the contact tracing function still works.
    • So, we are very excited about having this with us at Oakland University.
  • Each one of us must be committed to doing everything that we can to make Oakland University safe for students, for faculty and staff.
  • Each one of us has to do our part. And we believe that by wearing the BioButton we will have an extra special and crucial prevention tool that’s in addition to all of the other very important measures that we must practice when you are on campus. So,
    • Wear a face-covering.
    • Practice social distancing.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • And, we strongly recommend that you wear a BioButton.
  • “Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies”… let’s make sure we stay healthy together.
Primary uses of BioButton
  1. The BioButton is a COVID-19 screening wearable device for effortless vital sign measurement of skin temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate at rest that may indicate the signs and symptoms of a COVID-19 infectious process.
  2. The BioButton solution combines a convenient downloadable iOS and Android mobile application for daily health surveys, that align with CDC guidelines, to generate a ‘Clear’ or ‘Not Clear’ notification.
  3. BioButton wearers are in sole control of their data and Oakland University program administrators will only have access to the ‘Clear’ or ‘Not Clear’ status to help manage the health of the OU community.
  4. It also leverages Bluetooth technology to enable contact tracing without geo-location privacy concerns to assist in creating a safe Golden Grizzly environment for our valued students, faculty and staff.
What is the BioButton?
A white button with a blue power button on it and two additional symbols.

The BioIntelliSense BioButton is a coin-sized, state-of-the art wearable device that is designed to be worn discretely and comfortably on the upper left chest. It continuously measures skin temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate at rest vital sign trends that may indicate the signs and symptoms of a COVID-19 infectious process.

Capabilities include the following:

  • An effortless “stick on” application and wearing experience
  • An electronic BioReport, in PDF format, that will be securely delivered to the email provided during the BioMobile registration process to visualize your data.
  • The BioButtono may be disposed of at the conclusion of a 30-day wear period. Instructions will be provided on how to request and/or receive a replacement BioButton for continuous use.

Important Notice: The BioButton is a screening tool only for symptoms associated with COVID-19; it is not intended for diagnosis or to replace a diagnostic test for the virus.

How it works

The BioButton continuously measures skin temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate at rest. This vital sign trending may identify subtle, statistical changes that may indicate the signs and symptoms of a COVID-19 infectious process.

The use of the BioButton is voluntary. The downloaded BioMobile iOS and Android application enables the BioButton to sync via Bluetooth with the BioButton wireless device (Android 9 or higher is required for the BioButton app). A standard mobile-based registration and account creation process allows a user to accept and acknowledge the BioButton Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The BioButton data is combined with a mobile-based daily health survey, that aligns with CDC guidelines, to generate a ‘Clear’ or ‘Not Clear’ notification.

If you receive a ‘Not Cleared’ notification, don’t worry. A staff member form the Graham Health Center will contact you and provide guidance on the appropriate follow-up actions.

How would I wear the device?

The BioButton packaging includes instructions for use and replaceable medical-grade adhesives for self-application to the upper left chest, approximately two inches below the collar bone. The adhesive can be replaced every seven days or when it loosens from the skin. 

For additional information, please refer to the instructions for use that accompany the device and watch the BioButton instructional video.

How can I receive a BioButton?

The BioButton will be available on a voluntary basis and are subject to consent. On-campus distribution will be available at the Oakland Center, Hillcrest and Vandenberg Halls (Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.), and the Recreation Center (Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–7 p.m.). A Grizz ID number and Grizz card is required for pickup. The first wave of BioButton availability will focus on those who may be deemed at highest risk of exposure (i.e. athletes, resident hall students and staff). However, all members of the OU community are eligible to receive the device. Bring your Grizz ID number and Grizz ID card to a distribution location to receive the device.

Where do the data (information) from the BioButton go?

The data is privately and securely transmitted to the BioCloud for advanced analytics and the generation of a BioReport for a wearer to visualize their vital sign data trends.

Who gets my information?

Only you have access to your detailed health information. As is the case with the university’s Daily Health Assessment, Graham Health Center will only see whether the user's risk status is CLEARED or NOT CLEARED. If you are not cleared, Graham Health Center will follow up with you regarding what you may need to do next.

As is the case with the University’s Daily Health Assessment, Graham Health Center will only see whether your risk status is CLEARED or NOT CLEARED. If you are not cleared, Graham Health Center will follow up with you regarding what you may need to do next.

Is my information protected?

Your individual data are privacy-protected. The Bluetooth data are encrypted, as are the data that reside in the BioCloud, so your information is both private and secured.

Who should wear the BioButton?

Oakland University recommends that all students, faculty, and staff wear the BioButton. Subject to availability, we especially recommend that ALL students residing in University Housing and Student Athletes wear the BioButton devices and complete the daily health surveys to help manage the health of the Golden Grizzly community. OU encourages wearing the device over the OU winter break, when exposure to people beyond the OU campus is even more possible.

What if I don’t want to wear a BioButton?

It is not mandatory to wear a BioButton device.

We are strongly encouraging use of the BioButton solution because it enhances our broader strategy to monitor the safety of OU campus and the community. We believe it is among the many ways we are keeping you and others safe. However, even if you don’t want to wear the BioButton, there is value in carrying it with you when you are on campus because it can assist with contact tracing.

What is contact tracing and how does it work?

The BioButton device offers a unique capability to report proximity of one BioButton device to another and duration of potential high-risk exposure without geo-location privacy concerns. This cutting-edge technology delivers specificity in enabling a rapid response to infection spread, while reducing the administrative burden associated with traditional methods of contact tracing management.

If you are wearing or carrying the BioButton, Graham Health Center will be able to alert you if you came in prolonged (30 minutes or more) contact with someone who was wearing the BioButton and who has tested positive for COVID-19. Importantly, the BioButton does not use GPS or track your location. The device only monitors whether it is within Bluetooth distance (about 15 feet) from another BioButton device.

Do I have to pay for the BioButton?

There is no cost and no fees to wear a BioButton. OU will distribute the BioButton at no charge to students, faculty and staff who choose to wear or carry the device.

How can I learn more?

More information about the BioButton remote monitoring technology can be found on the Intellisense website.