Please do not call or walk into Student Health or a UI Health Care clinic to be vaccinated without an appointment.

General Information

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. 

While getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.

Vaccination Information for Main Campus

Information for Students

Students who wish to be vaccinated by Student Health must first complete a COVID-19 immunization survey. Completion of this survey is required prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

We urge you to complete the survey as soon as you can. Once you do, you will receive additional information about how to schedule your vaccination and where to go. Please do not call or walk into Student Health to be vaccinated without an appointment. 

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

Information for Faculty and Staff

Employees who wish to be vaccinated by the University Employee Health Clinic must first complete a COVID-19 immunization survey in your ReadySet employee health record. Completion of this survey is required prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, just like with the annual employee flu vaccination campaign. 

We urge you to complete the survey as soon as you can. Once you do, you will receive additional information about how to schedule your vaccination, where to go, and where to park. Please do not call or walk into a UI Health Care clinic to be vaccinated without an appointment. 

UI Health Care has provided several helpful resources to help answer your questions, including:

Vaccine Availability

While we expect to have increased vaccine availability over the coming weeks, it will take time to get everyone scheduled for vaccination. The number of vaccines we can give is dependent on the number of doses we receive from the state and county. If you can be vaccinated sooner at an approved location, such as a local pharmacy, we encourage you to do so.

The vaccine will be provided free of charge no matter where you are vaccinated. 

Common Questions

How soon can I expect notification?

While we expect to have increased availability over the coming weeks, it will take time to get everyone scheduled for vaccination. We are moving as quickly as we can through the supply, but we cannot control when and how many doses we receive. We respectfully ask for your patience and support.

Where will I get vaccinated?

  • Eligible employees will be vaccinated at UI Hospitals & Clinics
  • Eligible students will be vaccinated at Student Health

Will I have to pay for the vaccination?

No, the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided free of charge.

Am I required to be vaccinated?

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 Iowa Code authorizes the Iowa Department of Public Health to evaluate vaccination requirements, and the University of Iowa follows its determinations and guidance.

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

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.