UMKC On-Campus Flu Shot Clinics

Flu season is approaching, and getting your annual flu shot can help you keep yourself and others safe. To make the process even easier, the university is holding on-campus flu shot clinics in September and October.

Flu Shot Clinic Locations:

September 28, 2021
Volker Campus, Administrative Center (Plaza Room) 1pm – 5pm

October 6, 2021
Volker Campus, Atterbury Student Success Center (Pierson Auditorium) 8am – 12pm

October 7, 2021
Hospital Hill Campus, Health Sciences Building (Room 4307) 8am – 12pm

October 13, 2021
Health Sciences Campus, School of Dentistry (Faculty Lounge Room 424) 8am- 12pm

Schedule your flu shot appointment

As a reminder, flu shots are covered for faculty, staff, dependents (children 7 years and older accompanied by a parent or guardian) and retirees enrolled in UM System medical plans. You’ll need to register yourself and each dependent you would like to receive a flu shot separately. A confirmation email will be sent for each appointment you schedule.

To get ready for your appointment:

  • Complete the consent form attached to your confirmation email ahead of time and bring it with you. This will speed up the process.
  • Bring your employee ID (if applicable). your insurance card and your appointment confirmation email (printed or digital)
  • We ask that you wear a mask while receiving your flu shot and while waiting in the vaccination area before or after your shot.
  • Arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This will help us keep vaccination spaces distanced.
  • Review the Vaccine Information Sheet prior to your appointment.

Questions? Contact the HR Service Center at 573-882-2146 or

UMKC Staff Professional Enrichment Fund and Emergency Relief Fund

Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee
Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee, donors

The UMKC Staff Professional Enrichment Fund and Emergency Relief Funds are designed to recognize the importance of engaged, well-qualified staff to support the overall mission of the university. These funds will not only have a significant impact on the individuals who receive support but also on the entire campus. These funds were made possible by two donors and long-time volunteers and champions of the university, Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee. Bill and Mary Kay believed strongly that part of what makes a great university is investing in its people. It was their intention that these funds be used by staff for professional and career growth and also to aid with unforeseen crises.

The Staff Professional Enrichment Fund supports qualified staff by reinforcing their competencies and strengthening their talents and abilities. This fund can be used to help cover registration fees and travel costs for professional development opportunities, such as conferences, conventions, summits, seminars, and professional development materials/tools. Funding is available for individuals or a group of staff. The next deadline to apply for the Staff Professional Enrichment Fund is January 1st, 2022.

The focus of the Emergency Relief Fund is to provide monetary support during times of temporary or unforeseen financial hardship. In addition to staff development, the donors recognize that sometimes staff members are confronted with unexpected, personal hardships that make it difficult to maintain a fulfilling work and home life. The donors want these individuals to have a way to obtain assistance to get them through a temporary challenge in their lives. The purpose of the Emergency Relief Fund is to provide these opportunities to staff. A committee will review all requests and may make recommendations to the staff member to participate in financial counseling, debt management or Employee Assistance. Applications can be submitted year-round for the Emergency Relief Fund.

Visit SPEER Fund to learn more and apply.

2021 Green Commute Challenge

Sign up for the Green Commute Challenge!

How would you like to get healthier, save money, help the environment and win prizes? UMKC will participate in the Green Commute Challenge from Sept. 20 through Oct. 31, 2021. The Green Commute Challenge is a 6-week employer-based contest where employees can earn points and win prizes just for using alternative forms of transportation for work trips!

The ultimate goal of Green Commute Challenge is to encourage employees to use alternative modes of transportation to improve Kansas City’s air quality and decrease pollutants.

Those who log miles will receive points – and become eligible for prizes provided by generous local businesses, including Charlie Hustle, Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch, Waldo Pizza, and more! You can earn points by carpooling, riding the bus, walking, telecommuting, riding your bicycle and using the streetcar.

To participate, first sign up for an account on, click on “Login/Register” in the top right corner. To join the UMKC team click on “Challenge Dashboard” under the “Green Commute Challenge” tab. Search for UMKC and click the ‘JOIN’ button to the left of the team’s name. You’re in! Log your Green Commute trips starting September 20th.

Contact Emily Strayhall at regarding any questions about joining the UMKC team. Contact or 816-842-7433 with any questions regarding the Green Commute Challenge.

UMKC COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

1. Why is UMKC requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for employees who have direct patient contact?

The vaccination requirement is deemed necessary because COVID has entered a new phase. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Delta variant spreads more easily and quickly than other variants, driving higher infection and death rates and putting significant strain on health care resources. Public health authorities and experts continue to advise that vaccination remains the best strategy for fighting this deadly pandemic.

2. I have a medical condition or a religious objection to vaccination and cannot take the vaccination. What can I do?

  • To request an exemption, please fill out the form for a medical exemption or religious exemption. If you have questions about exemptions, please contact KC Atchison at This request needs to be submitted by September 15 to comply with the UMKC mandate.
  • Individuals who are granted a religious accommodation or a medical exemption will be required to wear a mask.

3. What is the deadline for vaccination?

The deadline to be fully vaccinated is October 1, 2021. Please reference the below for vaccine timelines necessary to comply with the October 1, 2021 deadline. For those who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it is recommended to avoid day-of vaccination to circumvent unforeseen vaccine shortages.

• Timeline: Three weeks apart
• Latest date to receive first does: Sept. 10, 2021
• Deadline to be fully vaccinated: Oct. 1, 2021

• Timeline: Four weeks apart
• Latest date to receive first does: Sept. 3, 2021
• Deadline to be fully vaccinated: Oct. 1, 2021

Johnson & Johnson
• Timeline: Single-dose
• Latest date to receive first does: Oct. 1, 2021
• Deadline to be fully vaccinated: Oct. 1, 2021

4. What qualifies as being fully vaccinated?

To be fully vaccinated under the mandate, you need to have either one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. You must have received either the one-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine by 5 p.m., October 1, 2021 to meet the vaccine requirement. Note: the definition “fully vaccinated” under the mandate differs from the definition communicated by the CDC.

 5. How do I submit my COVID-19 vaccination documentation?

Upload your COVID-19 vaccination record in myHR. If you have questions about how to upload your records or if you have any technical issues, please contact Emily Strayhall at This needs to be completed by October 1, 2021 to comply with the UMKC mandate.

6. What is the penalty if I refuse to be vaccinated?

Please refer here for consequences related to non-compliance of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Lifewise EAP Webinar: Switch to Being More Present

As an employee, you are our most important resource, and the University of Missouri System cares about your personal and professional well-being.

The UM System’s Total Rewards, UMKC Human Resources, and Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City have come together to provide monthly online Employee Assistance Program seminars to equip you with skills to help you excel and grow in your professional or personal life. On September 21st, 2021, the topic for the EAP Online Seminar Series is Switch to Being More Present.

Description: Discover the key to being more present and actively taking the time to digitally disconnect to spend quality time with those around you.

You do not need to register in advance to attend Online Seminars at a set time. Seminars will be prerecorded and uploaded on the date above. At any time while viewing the Online Seminar, if you have questions about the seminar, please type them into the “Ask a question” box located to the left of the video window. You will receive an emailed answer within five business days.

Click Here to access the webinar


To access other recorded seminars, visit the EAP website at: Passcode: UMKC.  Open the link and enter the password. This will bring you to the homepage. Scroll down until you see the ‘ONLINE SEMINARS’ and then follow the hyperlink provided. This will take you to a page with all uploaded seminars, select the seminar you would like to review.