Monday, April 12, 2021

See what it’s like to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Wonder what it’s like to get a COVID-19 vaccine? University of Iowa Health Care employees are sharing their experiences through video diaries. In this video, Dr. Dale Abel, chair of the UI Department of Internal Medicine, explains how he felt in the hours after his first vaccination.

Reminder: Complete your COVID-19 vaccination survey

With vaccine eligibility expanding and supply expected to increase, the university is preparing to vaccinate students, faculty, and staff.

Students who wish to be vaccinated by Student Health must first complete a COVID-19 immunization survey.

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 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.

University of Iowa seven-day rolling average

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since April 9, 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: 7
  • Total cases: 3,130


  • New cases: 2
  • Total cases: 473

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.