Wednesday, May 12, 2021

UI to Host Second Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine Clinic for Students May 13-14

The University of Iowa will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic later this week to provide students who received their first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech on April 21-22 with their second dose.

The vaccination clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day on Thursday, May 13, and Friday, May 14, in the main lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). Students who are receiving their second dose need to BRING THEIR STUDENT ID AND VACCINE CARD. Students should do their best to arrive at the IMU in the time frame indicated on their reminder email. If that is not possible, they should plan to arrive between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Walk-ins also will be accommodated at this event. Students who wish to get their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or those who received their first dose elsewhere 21 days ago, can receive their second dose (they must bring their student ID and vaccine card if we are completing their series). The vaccine provided will be the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

If students want to get their first dose through this clinic and their second dose elsewhere, they should check with a provider in their home county and state to ensure availability.

It is also important for students to eat and hydrated well before they come to get their vaccine.

For more information, see the announcement on the Student Health website.

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.

Students must present their 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. Students do not need to be vaccinated through the UI 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. They should stop by the Office of the Dean of Students, 135 IMU, to obtain an exception.

Publishing Note

With the number of COVID-19 cases in our community declining and vaccine availability dramatically increasing, the University of Iowa will transition from sending three COVID-19 updates a week to providing regular updates in your IowaNow emails. Beginning the week of May 31, the number of self-reported cases of COVID-19 will be published on the university’s coronavirus website each Wednesday and shared along with any additional updates or policy changes in your Thursday IowaNow email.

We will continue to publish the news and updates shared with campus on

Campus Operations Update

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 as of May 12, 2021


University of Iowa Self-Reported COVID-19 Testing

These data reflect new cases since May 10, 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: 1
  • Total cases: 3,190


  • New cases: 1
  • Total cases:498

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: 0**

*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.