Friday, May 7, 2021

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 Iowa Now email.

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

COVID-19 vaccine update: Get vaccinated now


The American College Health Association recommends students get vaccinated as soon as possible.

To sign up for your vaccination, visit the Student Health website, where you can view the vaccine schedule. When you sign in to MyUI, you should choose to schedule on a day that Student Health is providing the vaccine you wish to receive. Student Health is currently offering single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine and the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

If you want to get your first dose on campus through Student Health and your second dose elsewhere, you should check with a provider in your home county and state to ensure availability. Then get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Reminder: Student Health can also provide a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to students regardless of where they received their first dose. Doses must still be three weeks apart, but this gives you more flexibility and may be more convenient. If you need a second dose of Moderna, please call Student Health at 319-335-9704.


You are now able to schedule your first COVID-19 vaccination appointment with the University Employee Health Clinic by emailing or calling 319-356-3631, Option 3.

If you receive your vaccine elsewhere prior to your scheduled appointment, or need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, contact the University Employee Health Clinic.

For more information, please visit the COVID-19 hub for vaccine information on The Loop.

We urge you to get vaccinated as soon as you can.

Johnson County vaccination progress

County Population Total Doses Administered to Iowa Residents Total Doses Administered to Johnson County Residents Two-Dose Series Initiated Two-Dose Series Completed Single-Dose Series Completed % of Johnson County Residents with Two-Dose Series Initiated and Two-and Single-Dose Series Completed % of Johnson County Residents with Two-and Single-Dose Series Completed
Johnson 151,140 2,331,857 143,461 13,938 62,895 3,733 53.31% 44.08%

The University of Iowa strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, in consultation with their health care provider.

Please keep in mind immunity is not achieved immediately after receiving the vaccine. It also will take time for everyone who wants to be vaccinated to receive the required doses. In the meantime, we can continue to protect ourselves and each other by wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance from others, washing our hands frequently, and avoiding indoor gatherings with others outside our household. More information about the state of Iowa’s vaccine administration is available here.

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since May 5, 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: 6
  • Total cases: 3,187


  • New cases: 3
  • Total cases: 496

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: 1**

*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.