NMSU launches vaccine card tracking system; new requirements start September 30

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Viewers of an online town hall this week got a sneak peek at the new VaxTrax platform that the New Mexico State University (NMSU) system will use to track documentation of COVID-19 vaccination and testing for employees and students .

By September 30, all students and employees in the NMSU system must be fully immunized against COVID-19 or begin weekly testing, the university announcement in August. Since that announcement, developers have worked to create a system to accept, securely store, verify, and review vaccine and testing documentation submitted by students, faculty, and staff. .

The resulting site, at vaxtrax.nmsu.edu, was fully uploaded on Wednesday, September 15 to accept CDC vaccination cards or other proof of vaccination. After September 30, those who choose to take weekly tests should start downloading on Thursday. The first test download must be completed by midnight on October 7, one week after the mandate goes into effect.

Jon Webster, NMSU COVID-19 project manager, said it’s important for students and employees to be patient if they aren’t able to upload their information immediately.

“Our information and communications technology team has worked hard to ensure that the site can handle a high volume of activity,” said Webster. “But it’s possible that thousands of vaccine card submissions will be attempted at the same time, so we might see some lag if that happens. Please be patient and try again later.

The platform is only accessible for downloading documentation through the college’s private network, so students and employees will either need to use a computer on campus or use the virtual private network to access the site. For more information on accessing NMSU’s VPN, visit vpn.nmsu.edu.

A user guide for accessing and using the VaxTrax portal is available on the NMSU Now pandemic action plan website, via this link.

Weekly COVID-19 test results must come from antigen or PCR testing Рantibody tests are not accepted. Free home testing is available for New Mexico residents from Vault Health. More information is available at learn.vaulthealth.com/nm. Additionally, COVID-19 testing is currently available for free from many vendors, including Do̱a Ana Community College East Mesa Campus and Aggie Health and Wellness Center on the Las Cruces campus (for students, faculty and staff only). Presbyterian Medical Services provides free antigen testing to its Locations of family health centers in Alamogordo, Carlsbad and Grants. Other testing sites in New Mexico, many of which offer free testing, are listed at New Mexico Department of Health.

People vaccinated in New Mexico can replace a lost vaccination card by emailing [email protected]

Staff will monitor vaccine and test compliance through the VaxTrax portal, and students or employees who fail to provide the appropriate documentation will be subject to corrective action, Webster said. For employees, this may involve warnings or more serious consequences such as suspension without pay, demotion or termination. For students, the consequences may include disciplinary action through the Student Code of Conduct.

For more information on the NMSU System Pandemic Action Plan, NMSU Now, visit now.nmsu.edu.

Author: Amanda Bradford –NMSU

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