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 must follow the Iowa Department of Public Health’s guidelines for administering the COVID-19 vaccine, which establish an order of priority. The university will vaccinate faculty and staff who, based on their employment duties at the UI, are identified as a priority population under IDPH’s guidelines (for example, faculty and staff who provide clinical patient care and first responders). Students in priority groups may also receive a vaccination through the university. This may take several weeks or even months, so we ask for your patience.
Most UI employees, however, will receive their vaccine through their primary care provider or pharmacy. The university will not be hosting vaccination clinics on the main campus for several reasons, including:
- Requirement to follow state guidelines for priority populations
- Limited supply of the vaccine
- Cold storage requirements for the Pfizer vaccine
- Enhanced record keeping required by the state
- Additional scheduling and logistics required for two doses
Vaccination Plan for Main Campus
The University of Iowa is following the Iowa Department of Public Health’s guidelines for providing the COVID-19 vaccine for priority populations. Based on the recommendations of the Iowa Infectious Disease Advisory Committee, Phase 1A includes:
- Health care personnel (HCP) with direct patient contact; and
- Residents and HCP working in residential care or long-term care facilities.
At Iowa, that includes individuals who provide clinical patient care in the following colleges and departments:
- Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
- College of Dentistry
- College of Pharmacy
- College of Public Health
- College of Nursing
- Belin Blank Center
- Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center
- Student Health
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
These colleges and departments have provided a list of faculty, staff, and students who currently provide clinical care and are therefore eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1A. We will use ReadySet to track COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, much like the annual employee flu vaccination campaign. Eligible students will be contacted by Student Health.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and safety, see this detailed FAQ from UI Health Care.
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.
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.