General Information

COVID-19 vaccines are an important tool to help us stop this pandemic. Vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19 and immunity from the vaccine far outweighs natural immunity from infection, which includes the risk of severe illness or death.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines, which have been shown to be safe and effective. These vaccines were carefully evaluated in clinical trials, including one at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and underwent the same authorization process as any other vaccine. Although vaccine doses are currently limited, this is an exciting step towards ending the pandemic. 

Planning for Campus

COVID-19 vaccines are being made available in phases, based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The (CDC) has placed first priority on health care workers and those who live and work in long-term care facilities, followed by frontline essential workers.

The University of Iowa is pleased to have four UI experts serving on the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Infectious Disease Advisory Council, which will assist the state in developing COVID-19 vaccine distribution guidance. Once IDAC submits its recommendations to the state and the director of IDPH adopts the recommendations, that information will be shared with campus. The university will follow the state’s guidance for immunizing all health care and non-health care critical function employees. This may take several weeks or even months, so we ask for your patience.

Student Vaccination

Johnson County Public Health has shared population data with the state to ensure that the county receives enough vaccine to cover University of Iowa students. The timing of when the vaccine is made available for each population may impact where students choose to receive their vaccination, but the vaccine eventually will be available through Student Health.

Staying Healthy

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. You should continue to wear a face mask, avoid large gatherings, maintain social distance, and frequently wash your hands.

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