COVID-19 Vaccinations


Iowa State strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is not a requirement. The Iowa Board of Regents announced in April that the regent universities will not mandate vaccinations for any student or employee for the 2021-22 academic year. If you would like to get vaccinated, click on the state’s vaccine finder to make an appointment.

    Iowa State vaccination clinics

    Iowa State’s Thielen Student Health Center will offer clinics in August, including:

    • Aug. 9, open to international students
    • Aug. 17-20, open to students, faculty and staff
      • Daily clinics from 12-3 p.m. at State Gym. Use south entrance.
      • Appointments are recommended. You can schedule online or call 515-294-5801.

    Vaccination FAQ

        Area and statewide vaccination information


        Get the facts

        Why vaccinate?

        Vaccines help prevent deadly and dangerous diseases by working with the body's natural defenses to provide immunity. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

        About the COVID-19 vaccine

        Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

        Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

        Authorized vaccines

        What to expect


        • V-safe: The CDC's smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe uses text messaging and web surveys from the CDC to check in with vaccine recipients following COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe also provides second vaccine dose reminders if needed, and follow-up calls to anyone who reports medically significant adverse events.
        • Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS): The national system that collects reports from healthcare professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and the public of adverse events that happen after vaccination; reports of adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns are followed up with specific studies.

        Vaccination FAQ

        Updates will be provided here and on the COVID-19 updates and resources website. Avoid misinformation by consulting reliable sources, including health care experts, agencies and organizations. The university is following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Iowa Department of Public Health.


        Syringe with vaccination vials


        By the numbers: COVID-19 vaccines

        Iowa State’s public health team held several on-campus vaccine clinics for students, faculty and staff from Dec. 18, 2020, to May 24, 2021. Here is a breakdown of the numbers:

        • 12,279 total doses given
        • 6,794 patients served

        NOTE: These numbers are specific to on-campus clinics and do not reflect vaccination rates for the entire campus community.