General Information

How to get vaccinated

The University of Iowa strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19 and is a safer way to build protection than through natural immunity. The vaccine will be provided free of charge no matter where you are vaccinated. 

UI Health Care has provided a comprehensive FAQ about COVID-19 vaccine safety, which we encourage you to review.
 

Compliance with the CMS COVID-19 health care vaccination rule

To meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19 health care vaccination requirement, UI Health Care faculty, staff, volunteers, students, vendors are being asked to document their vaccination or an exemption.

The requirement also covers select university students and employees who interact with patients of UI Hospitals & Clinics, support clinical and patient care activities through their employment, or are enrolled in a course or program taught in a health care facility.

If you have been identified as a student or employee who meets the criteria, you will receive an email directing you to indicate your compliance through one of the following options:

 1.        Submit your COVID-19 vaccination information through Employee Self-Service; or

2.         Apply for a medical exemption; or

3.         Submit an attestation for a religious or strongly held belief exemption.

Note: If you received your full COVID-19 vaccination series through the University Employee Health Clinic, your information will be automatically uploaded to the system and no further action is necessary.

If you have any questions about whether you fall within the scope of this mandate, please contact your HR representative or academic program director. For additional information, please see the list of frequently asked questions provided by UI Health Care. 
 

Board of Regents Voluntary Vaccination Verification

Board of Regents President Mike Richards has directed the university to make its vaccination verification and waiver or accommodation systems available to all campus employees on a voluntary basis.  

If you received your vaccination through the University Employee Health Clinic, your information will be automatically uploaded to the system. 

For all other employees, you may voluntarily submit documentation that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by following the instructions in self-service

If you would like to voluntarily submit a request for a religious or medical or health/well-being waiver or accommodation, please follow the instructions in self-service. 

Vaccine Verification FAQs

Get Vaccinated

Information for Students

Students can get vaccinated or receive their booster at Student Health. Find walk-in and appointment information on their webpage.

Information for Faculty and Staff

Schedule your free vaccination or booster with the University Employee Health Clinic by emailing employee-health@uiowa.edu or calling 319-356-3631, Option 3. You may also:

  • Schedule a vaccine through MyChart.
  • Ask your primary care provider how to get vaccinated.
  • Visit vaccines.gov to find vaccines near you.

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.

University of Iowa Student Government is also offering prizes such as free on-campus parking, dinner with President Wilson, Apple products, a FilmScene private rental, and more. See the UI Student Government website to learn more.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and safety, see this detailed FAQ from UI Health Care.