Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Mental health resources: The future of University Counseling Service

In this video, Barry Schreier, director of University Counseling Service, explains how UCS has changed its approach to better serve students during the pandemic using telehealth and remote appointments, and how these options will continue to be available when campus returns to an in-person experience in the fall.

For more information about mental health resources, see

For counseling and support, the Employee Assistance Program offers confidential counseling at no cost for UI employees and their families; or University Counseling Service offers confidential counseling and support for students. Participate in Kognito Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training.

COVID-19 vaccine update: UI pausing Johnson & Johnson vaccine

As shared in a message to campus on Tuesday, the University of Iowa has canceled all scheduled appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at this time in alignment with recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you were scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will receive an email notifying you of the cancellation.

If you have any concerns about your health after receiving the vaccine, or if you experience severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination, please contact your health care provider.

Students: Visit the Student Health website. If you need to speak to a nurse, contact Student Health by calling the Nurseline (319-335-9704), or sending an email ( After hours you may contact UI Hospitals & Clinics at 800-777-8442.

We will continue to vaccinate students, faculty, and staff with available supplies of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, but the number of vaccines we can give is dependent on the number of doses we receive from the state and county. If you can be vaccinated sooner at an approved location, such as a local pharmacy, we encourage you to do so.

The vaccine will be provided free of charge no matter where you are vaccinated.

Employees: Complete your COVID-19 vaccination survey

Employees who want to be vaccinated by the University Employee Health Clinic must first complete a COVID-19 immunization survey in your ReadySet employee health record. This brief survey of your medical history, similar to the survey required for the flu vaccine, is required to become vaccinated and triggers the process to self-schedule the vaccination appointment.

We urge you to complete the appropriate immunization survey as soon as you can. The number of vaccines we can give is dependent on the number of doses we receive from the state and county, so it will take time to get everyone scheduled for vaccination. If you can be vaccinated sooner at an approved location, such as a local pharmacy, we encourage you to do so.

In the meantime, we can continue to protect ourselves by wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance from others, washing our hands frequently, and avoiding indoor gatherings with others outside of our household. Thank you for your patience and support. We are all in this together.

For additional information, visit the university’s COVID-19 vaccine information page.

Campus operations

The university continues to monitor self-reported COVID-19 testing data on campus, while also tracking state, region, and national COVID-19 infection rates.

Johnson County rolling average

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since April 12, 2021.

The University of Iowa has published an updated snapshot of self-reported positive COVID-19 tests from faculty, staff, and students.

Number of self-reported cases of COVID-19


  • New cases: 4
  • Total cases: 3,134


  • New cases: 4
  • Total cases: 477

These numbers reflect only self-reported positive or presumed positive COVID-19 tests from UI faculty, staff, and students on the academic campus since Aug. 18, 2020. These data will not match data reported by UI Hospitals & Clinics or by the Iowa Department of Public Health for several reasons, including different testing time intervals and geographic scope. Students who also are employees of the university are only reported in the student number to avoid double counting. The UI has more than 30,000 students and nearly 30,000 employees. Many employees continue to work remotely but have self-reported to authorize sick leave.

Number of residence hall students in quarantine: 0*

Number of residence hall students in self-isolation: 2**

*Quarantine: Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.

**Self-isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected.