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.
University of Iowa medical experts helped lead clinical trials for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Novavax vaccines, applying the same testing and analysis used for all other vaccines. Twenty years of research helped doctors develop the COVID-19 vaccines quickly while still meeting the highest safety standards required by the FDA.
The vaccine will be provided free of charge no matter where you are vaccinated.
Vaccination Information for Main Campus
Information for Students
We urge you to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Student Health currently has Pfizer BioNtech vaccine. If you need a second dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, please call the Nurseline at 319-335-9704 to discuss arrangements.
UI Health Care has provided a comprehensive FAQ about COVID-19 vaccine safety, which we encourage you to review.
Student Health is holding a walk-in clinic in the IMU Nurse Care clinic (G-103, lower level of the Iowa Memorial Union) throughout the semester.
Hours are (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Monday through Thursday and (9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Fridays. Please note the clinic will close for 30 minutes daily from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary at the walk-in clinic.
This opportunity to be vaccinated is open to all students. Student Health will be providing the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. If you've already had one dose, bring your vaccination card and Student Health will give you the second dose.
You may also schedule a vaccination at the Main Student Health Clinic at Westlawn by calling Student Health at 319-335-8394. Please do not walk into the Main Student Health Clinic to be vaccinated without an appointment.
If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, meet eligibility guidelines, and it has been six months since you received your second dose, you can walk in to the IMU Nurse Care Clinic (G-103 IMU) or call 319-335-8394 to schedule an appointment for the booster. More information about boosters is available on the Student Health website.
Information for Faculty and Staff
Schedule your free vaccination with the University Employee Health Clinic by emailing email@example.com 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
If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, meet eligibility guidelines, and it has been six months since you received your second dose, you can receive your booster through the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC).
- Employees who are eligible and received their initial vaccinations from UEHC will receive an email with instructions for Ready Set survey completion and self-scheduling their booster appointments. Please do not call the University Employee Health Clinic to ask when you may become eligible.
- If you were not vaccinated through UEHC but would like to receive the booster through UEHC, email UEHCReadySet@healthcare.uiowa.edu
If you can get your Pfizer-BioNTech booster sooner at an approved location, such as a local pharmacy, you are encouraged to do so.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Eligible employees will be vaccinated at UI Hospitals & Clinics
- Eligible students will be vaccinated at Student Health
No, the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided free of charge.
Those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, meet current eligibility guidelines, and are six months out from their second dose are eligible for a booster vaccination.
Instructions for students, faculty, and staff who me the current eligibility guidelines are outlined in the above section of this page.
Current federal guidance does not allow for the mixing of COVID-19 vaccinations for booster shots. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are continuing to evaluate the data for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine boosters, and updates are expected in the coming weeks. The university will share an update when one is available.
For more information on COVID-19 boosters, please head to: https://uihc.org/health-topics/what-do-i-need-know-about-covid-19-vaccine-boosters.
The University of Iowa strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to receive the vaccine as soon as they are eligible, in consultation with their healthcare provider, but it is not mandatory.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa has determined the public universities will not mandate vaccination. The university is obligated to follow the guidance of our governing body.
No. The university encourages everyone to be vaccinated, but vaccinations are voluntary. Any communication that may be perceived to pressure, force, or coerce anyone to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination should be avoided.
No. Supervisors/instructors should not ask their employees/students if they are vaccinated or if they plan to be vaccinated. Asking about their vaccination status may prompt disclosure of disability-related information or information regarding existing health conditions relevant to the vaccination. Be mindful to avoid discussing an employee/student's vaccination status in group meetings, group emails, class, etc.
As a supervisor, you should first remind employees that this information is personal, and that they are under no obligation to share. Supervisors are encouraged to communicate the opportunities for vaccination that are currently available to University employees through the University Employee Health Clinic.
Conversations among employees or students would be difficult to restrict. Supervisors and instructors should refrain from participating in employee conversations about COVID-19 vaccination status. They should also be alert to any coercive or pressuring behavior among co-workers or students. If this behavior is observed, supervisors and instructors are encouraged to remind the participants that the University is committed to a voluntary approach to vaccination, and that no one should feel pressured or coerced by anyone.
No, the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory and there is no need to ask for verification of their vaccination status.
No. The COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory at this time, and should not be a factor in assigning work, including whether someone can work onsite. When onsite, employees are required to follow University of Iowa COVID-19 safety policies.
Employees who are not able to be vaccinated due to a health condition and who wish to request a workplace accommodation based on a health conditions should contact their local human resources representative to initiate an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation review with and Faculty and Staff Disability Services (FSDS).
We ask that everyone respects the privacy of their co-workers and students by refraining from asking about their vaccination status. Vaccination status is a personal matter and should be treated as such. Asking someone about their vaccination status may cause them to feel pressured to share personal or private information. No one should feel this kind of pressure in the workplace or classroom. By avoiding questions regarding vaccination status, we are helping to ensure that everyone feels respected.
No. The university encourages students to be vaccinated, but vaccinations are voluntary. Instructors and staff should avoid any communication that may be perceived to pressure, force, or coerce any student to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and safety, see this detailed FAQ from UI Health Care.
It will take time for everyone who wants to be vaccinated to receive the required doses so, until then, all of us must continue to take the steps necessary to protect ourselves and our community. Wear a mask until vaccinated or if experiencing COVID-like symptoms.