Vaccine Information

ON-CAMPUS VACCINE REGISTRATION

Vaccination Requirement Announcement

In a letter to students, faculty and staff on Friday August 27, 2021, University leadership stated:

"As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our community, state leaders this week have granted all Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) institutions greater flexibility to set vaccine policy for their campuses. The University of Utah intends to pursue requiring COVID-19 vaccination for its students. We appreciate this opportunity to collaborate with state leaders as the rates of infection and hospitalization grow throughout Utah.

Our expectation is to share detailed plans on the requirement—and the process for requesting an exemption based on health conditions, religious or personal beliefs—with students early next week . Conversations with state leaders continue about a potential vaccine requirement for faculty and staff. Conversations also continue regarding vaccine requirements for University of Utah Health, including hospitals and clinics employees."

HOW TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE

If you are ready to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you have three convenient options:

  • Attend one of the regularly-scheduled vaccine events at the Student Union on Campus (see below)
  • For U of U students - You can schedule an appointment with Student Health here.
  • Visit Vaccines.gov

VACCINATION EVENTS AT THE STUDENT UNION: SALTAIR ROOM

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will both be available at these events. While we encourage you to sign up in advance using the below links, we also welcome walk-ins.

  • Tue Sep 21 – 10am-2pm – Sign up here (* location moved to Union Den for ASUU Vaccine Event. Refreshments included.)
  • Wed Sep 22 – 10am-2pm – Sign up here
  • Thurs Sep 23 – 2pm-6pm – Sign up here
  • Tue Sep 28 – 10a-2pm – Sign up here

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be reminded to bring the following items when you make your appointment as well:

  • A facial covering
  • A printed or electronic copy of your e-mailed appointment confirmation
  • A photo ID
  • Your insurance card (if you have insurance)

No. You will not be charged for the vaccine or its administration. Your insurance will be billed if you have insurance. If you do not have insurance, you will not be charged.

The check-in and vaccine administration steps will only take a few minutes. Because this is a first in a lifetime vaccine, a common area will be provided where you will be asked to remain for 15-30 minutes following the administration of the vaccine for observation (depending on whether you have experienced previous allergic reactions).

The Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses 21 days apart, and the Moderna vaccine, which requires two doses 28 days apart.

Studies have shown that all of the COVID-19 vaccines approved in the United States are both safe and effective at preventing death, severe illness, symptomatic illness, and infection. All vaccines carry some level of risk, which is why the FDA and the CDC require data from vaccine trials and ask that side effects be reported through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. As a result, we know that the risk to your health associated with the vaccine is much lower than the risk associated with contracting COVID-19. Click here for more information.

You may not come to the vaccine sites if you are currently exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive within the past 14 days. The Pfizer vaccine is now fully authorized by the FDA for anyone 16 and older and has Emergency Use Authorization status for anyone 12 and older. The Moderna vaccine has Emergency Use Authorization for anyone 18 and older.

We encourage making an appointment in advance. However, if you are not able, it is likely that the vaccination team can accommodate you if you walk up during the designated hours.

The State of Utah has strongly encouraged individuals to received doses at the same locations. Please plan accordingly if you are able. However, if you are not able, call Student Health (801-581-6431) or come to the above Union vaccine events as they will likely be able to accommodate.