Wednesday, April 28, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update: Single-dose option now available to students


In alignment with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Student Health is offering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow, April 29, in the Westlawn Building on Newton Road.

Students can schedule your appointment by signing in to MyUI using your HawkID.

Students who elect to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be provided information, in accordance with the CDC recommendations, regarding the rare but increased risk of an adverse event in women younger than 50 and guidance to report any possible symptoms of a blood clot. Students also can read this Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet for additional information as they consider their options.


Employees who wish 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 and get vaccinated as soon as you can.

Reminder: UI vaccine incentive program

The university is offering a one-time $10 Iowa City Downtown District gift card to students who have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

You must present your completed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card and Iowa One Card (student ID) at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Welcome Center to obtain a gift card. You do not need to be vaccinated through the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics or Student Health in order to be eligible for this program. Any valid vaccination card will be accepted.

The IMU Welcome Center is located on the first floor of the IMU and is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Students who are not eligible for a vaccine due to medical condition or religious reason also are eligible to receive a gift card. Stop by the Office of the Dean of Students, 135 IMU, to obtain an exception.

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 seven-day rolling average

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since April 26, 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: 3
  • Total cases: 3,176


  • New cases: 4
  • Total cases: 493

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: 7**

*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.