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.
The vaccine will be provided free of charge no matter where you are vaccinated.
Vaccination Information for Main Campus
Information for Students
The American College Health Association recommends students get vaccinated as soon as possible.
To schedule your vaccination, call Student Health at 319-335-8394 for vaccine availability during summer break. Student Health currently has Pfizer BioNTech and the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines in the clinic.
If you need a second dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, please call the Nurseline at 319-335-9704 to discuss arrangements.
We urge you to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Please do not 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.
If you want to get your first dose on campus through Student Health and your second dose elsewhere, you should check with a provider in your home county and state to ensure availability. Then get vaccinated as soon as possible.
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 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.
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.
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.
No. While wearing a mask is optional for those who are fully vaccinated, you should feel comfortable continuing to wear a mask if you choose.
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.