COVID-19 vaccine information

UW–Madison is vaccinating all eligible students and employees.

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UHS is providing COVID-19 vaccination to eligible employees and students by appointment through the MyUHS app or web portal. Vaccination is free and you do not need to present identification.

Booster doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are also available at UHS to UW–Madison employees and students 18 and older who already received a full series of an approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments are required for primary vaccination and for booster doses. Vaccine clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30-noon and 1-4:30, except on holidays.

Vaccine Distribution

Eligibility

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available. COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for everyone 5 and older. You do not need an ID or insurance to get a vaccine.

For COVID-19 booster shots:
The COVID-19 vaccines authorized and approved in the U.S. remain highly effective, especially against severe illness and death. Booster shots help safely increase protection against infection and severe outcomes in fully vaccinated people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a booster shot for everyone age 18 and older vaccinated at least two months ago with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or at least six months ago with Pfizer or Moderna. You may seek any of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S..

If you received vaccines on the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) and are at least 18 years old, you may receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine 6 months after completing your initial dose series.

Visit the COVID Response FAQs for additional information about COVID-19 vaccines.

Availability

Use the MyUHS portal or the MyUHS app to check availability and schedule an appointment.

We encourage you to seek vaccines anywhere they are offered, including from local pharmacies and your health care provider. Here are other ways to find vaccine off-campus:

  • Sign up for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services registry. Once you are registered, DHS will email you with off-campus appointment options. They will not email you about appointment options on campus.
  • Public Health Madison & Dane County provides COVID-19 vaccination to all eligible individuals. Learn more »
  • Visit vaccines.gov to search a nationwide database of vaccine providers and find an appointment near you

There is no cost to vaccination regardless of where you go, though some vaccinators may ask to bill your health insurer for administration.

About the vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S.

There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines authorized or approved for use in the United States:

  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer

UHS may offer one or all of these vaccines at any given time. Check availability when scheduling if you have a preference or require a specific vaccine. Or, call UHS at 608-265-5600 (option 1) to inquire.

Johnson and Johnson

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is administered as a single dose and provides full protection within two weeks. While some people will not have any side effects from the vaccine, others may experience symptoms such as headache and mild fever. Find more information about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, as well as additional FAQs.

Moderna

The Moderna vaccine must be administered in two doses separated by 28 days. While some people will not have any side effects from the vaccine, others may experience symptoms such as headache and mild fever. Find more information about the Moderna vaccine, as well as more FAQs.

Pfizer

The Pfizer vaccine must be administered in two doses separated by 21 days. While some people will not have any side effects from the vaccine, others may experience symptoms such as headache and mild fever. Pfizer is currently the only vaccine in the United States available to individuals as young as 12. Find more information about the Pfizer vaccine, as well as more FAQs

What to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines that require two shots may not protect you until two weeks after your second shot. You may have some side effects (*see below)— which are normal signs that your body is building protection—but they should go away in a few days.

After dose #1

  • Schedule your second dose appointment in MyUHS.
    Choose “Appointments” in the left-side menu. Be sure to select Dose 2.
  • Enroll in V-Safe, a federal government app-based program that monitors COVID-19 vaccine-related side effects. It sends a daily text reminder and takes less than one minute to enroll.
  • Take it easy. You will likely have some arm pain (most people do!).

After dose #2

  • Keep filling out your V-Safe.
  • Take it easy – again! Some people report more significant symptoms with the second dose.
  • Practice logging in to the Wisconsin Immunization Registry to verify your COVID-19 immunization status (in case you ever misplace your vaccine card).

After both doses

  • Continue to wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands
  • Maintain physical distance. At least seventy percent of the community needs to be vaccinated before we begin to achieve ‘herd immunity.’ This is still several months away.
  • Continue being tested regularly

You may experience one or more of these side effects after receiving your first dose, your second dose, or both. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first, unless a health care provider tells you not to get a second shot.

* Note that you should call your health care provider if you experience the following symptoms in the three weeks after you receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as these may be signs of a more serious and adverse reaction: severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath.

Typical side effects

  • Pain or swelling on the arm where you got the shot
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Headache

Reduce pain or discomfort

  • Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Apply a clean, cool wet washcloth to your arm
  • Use or exercise your arm

When to call a health care provider

In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if:

  • The redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours
  • Side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days
  • You experience the following symptoms within three weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath.

Parking Instructions

Parking is available in Lot 46 for an hourly rate.

Lot 46 (Lake & Johnson Garage) is a gated facility. Pull a ticket to enter the lot and pick up a validation at the vaccination check-in table to cover the cost of parking when you exit the lot. Vaccination site parking is only accessible from Lot 46’s Frances Street entrance. Access is NOT available from the Lake Street entrance. The lot clearance height is 6 feet 8 inches.

Pull a ticket at the Frances Street entrance to enter the lot and proceed up the ramp (west, toward Lake Street) to reach the reserved parking stalls. Only park in designated stalls. Regular parking rules apply if you park in areas other than the designated stalls, and you may be subject to citation and/or payment of any associated fees.

Accessible Parking

ADA parking is available in signed ADA stalls with a valid DOT plate/placard. Please note: Lot 46 is located across the street from UHS. Eleven ADA stalls are available on the first floor after using the Lot 46 Frances Street entrance, six stalls on the east and five stalls on the west near the turn to ascend to Floor 2.

The entrance to UHS is ADA accessible.

Vaccine FAQs

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Am I eligible for a booster shot?

Updated

The COVID-19 vaccines authorized and approved in the U.S. remain highly effective, especially against severe illness and death. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated recommendations for booster shots for some people.

If you received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a booster shot for everyone age 18 and older vaccinated at least two months ago with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. You may receive any of the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S for your booster.

If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines:
You may receive a booster if you completed your initial vaccine series at least six months ago and are age 18 and older.

When to get a booster:
At least 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. You can “mix and match” your vaccine for your booster dose, or get a different booster vaccine than the one you received initially.

If you received vaccines on the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) and are 18 or older:
You may receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine 6 months after completing your initial dose series. Booster doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available by appointment at UHS to UW–Madison employees and students. Learn more and schedule an appointment here. Information about boosters and additional doses is changing quickly. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions.

Note that boosters are different from the additional doses recommended for immunocompromised people. Learn more.

Last updated 1:59 PM, November 23, 2021

I was vaccinated in another country with a vaccine not offered in the U.S. Can I get a booster of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson?

Updated

If you received vaccines on the WHO’s emergency use listing and are 18 or older, you are eligible to receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine 6 months after completing your initial dose series.

If you received vaccines on WHO’s emergency use listing, you are considered fully vaccinated by UW–Madison. If the vaccine you received is not on the WHO list, you can start an FDA-authorized or approved vaccine series with Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson.

Last updated 2:00 PM, November 23, 2021

I will be coming to UW–Madison from outside of the U.S. What are my requirements before traveling?

Guidance on COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements for U.S. entry

Beginning November 8, 2021, F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant student visa holders are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated in accordance with CDC guidance before flying to the United States.

Individuals who completed a primary vaccine series outside the United States and received FDA-approved, FDA-authorized, or WHO-emergency use listing COVID-19 vaccines as a series or mixed dose regimen are considered fully vaccinated as per CDC guidance. An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of the one-dose vaccine. If you are vaccinated and have not shared your record with University Health Services, upload your vaccine record in MyUHS.

A negative viral COVID-19 test result is also required before flying to the United States. Fully vaccinated travelers must have a negative test within three days of travel. 

Last updated 12:05 PM, November 11, 2021

What is a COVID breakthrough case and does this change our confidence in the vaccines?

Breakthrough cases occur when a person who has been vaccinated against an illness contracts that illness.

Breakthrough cases are not unique to the COVID-19 vaccine and are inevitable, given that no vaccine is 100 percent effective. COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective and vaccinated individuals are far less likely than unvaccinated individuals to contract COVID-19.

As more people are vaccinated, chances are greater that we will hear about more breakthrough infections. These cases still represent a very small fraction of the total number of people who are fully vaccinated.

The purpose of a vaccine is to reduce both the chances of getting a disease and, among those who experience infection, to reduce the negative outcomes of the disease. In the case of COVID-19, the goals are as follows: 1) reduce transmission altogether and 2) if transmission does happen, limit the severity of symptoms and significantly reduce hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.

The vaccines approved or authorized by the FDA accomplish these goals. Fully vaccinated people are much less likely than unvaccinated people to become sick with COVID-19 and are much less likely to experience severe illness and death.

The CDC and FDA continue to monitor how well the vaccines protect vulnerable people from illness and have begun to recommend supplemental vaccination or booster shots for some people. This does not indicate vaccines are not effective. Immune responses to many different vaccines can wane with time and additional doses can help bolster that response and extend protection.

Ensuring that anyone who is unvaccinated gets vaccinated as soon as possible is key to slowing transmission in the unvaccinated population and reducing the amount of virus circulating among all people, further reducing the chances anyone is exposed to the virus.

Last updated 10:27 PM, November 2, 2021

I was vaccinated off-campus. How do I let UHS know?

If you are being vaccinated off campus, including by a UW Health clinic or by a UW Health provider, wait until you have received either the single dose of a one-dose vaccine or both shots of a two-dose vaccine.

Upload your record directly to MyUHS:

    • Log into MyUHS using your NetID and password.
    • Select “Enter my COVID-19 Vaccine information.”
    • You will be prompted to upload a copy of your immunization record. This can be an image file (PNG, JPG, JPEG) or a PDF. Attempting to upload other kinds of files will result in an error message. Accepted records include:
        • The official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card you receive at your vaccine site. It must contain two patient identifiers, such as name and date of birth; vaccine lot number; vaccine name (for example, Moderna, Pfizer or Janssen/Johnson & Johnson); date of vaccination (there should be two dates for Moderna and Pfizer); clinic name (must be an official clinic name; if the clinic was a chain pharmacy, please include the store number). The example below shows these fields.A sample CDC vaccination card showing the five fields — noted above — that must be filled in.
        • Your Wisconsin Immunization Registry vaccination record
        • A state vaccination record from outside Wisconsin
        • For vaccination outside the U.S., the most complete record you have available. UHS will recognize vaccines maintained on the World Health Organization’s emergency use listing.
      • You will also need to enter the date of your one-dose vaccine and the vaccine manufacturer, or the dates of your two-dose vaccine and vaccine manufacturer in the section labeled “Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine.”
      • Click or tap “Done” when you are finished.

Allow up to five business days for the record to be reflected in your MyUHS account. While the record is under review your Medical Clearance information will indicate “awaiting review.” Once it is approved, this field will say “satisfied.” You will receive an email from UHS when your record is approved.

If you received your vaccination in Wisconsin, and cannot find the record in WIR, contact the WIR Help Desk at 608-266-9691 or email DHSWIRHelp@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Last updated 9:13 AM, September 16, 2021

I've been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Do I need to quarantine and for how long?

If you are not fully vaccinated and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine yourself immediately for 10 days. Unvaccinated employees and students can leave quarantine after 10 days (including returning to work and to in-person class) following your most recent exposure, provided you do not develop symptoms of COVID-19. You must quarantine for 10 days even if you test negative for COVID-19 before that time. If you are required to complete weekly testing on campus, you should plan to do so while in quarantine, but limit your interactions with others, avoid shared and public transportation, and wear a mask.

If you are fully vaccinated (it has been two weeks since your final dose of the vaccine), you are not required to quarantine even if you have a close contact who is positive for COVID-19. You should get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after a known exposure and at any point if you experience symptoms.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 90 days, you should monitor for symptoms; you do not need to test or quarantine following a close contact. However, if you develop symptoms, you should isolate yourself and get tested.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, you should get tested for COVID-19 and isolate immediately. If your test result is negative, you should consult a health care provider before returning to work or class.

For more information about quarantine and isolation, including information for students in residence halls, visit: uhs.wisc.edu/medical/covid19-isolation-quarantine/

Last updated 10:48 AM, September 16, 2021

I am immunocompromised. Can I get an extra dose of a COVID-19 vaccine? Should I get a booster?

Updated

If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised and initially received two doses of an mRNA series (Pfizer or Moderna), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends you get:

  • One additional mRNA dose at least 28 days after the second dose of your initial COVID-19 vaccine series.
  • One booster dose at least six months after your additional mRNA dose.

If you are immunocompromised and initially received one dose of Johnson and Johnson, you should get:

  • One booster shot (either Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) at least two months after your initial Johnson & Johnson dose.

If you are immunocompromised and you were vaccinated internationally with a vaccine on WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL), you may receive:

  • One additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 28 days after receiving the second vaccine dose of your primary series. This applies to everyone 12 and older.
  • For people 18 and older, one booster dose at least six months after your additional Pfizer dose.

Additional doses are different from boosters. Learn more about the difference between booster shots and additional doses. Consult your health care provider with questions.

Last updated 1:53 PM, November 23, 2021

If I receive a third shot or booster off campus, should I upload my record to MyUHS? 

You are not required to submit documentation of an additional dose or booster shot. However, if you would like this information included in your MyUHS immunization records you’re encouraged to submit it. Find instructions for submitting your records online.

Last updated 10:07 PM, November 2, 2021

What information do I need to bring to my appointment for a booster shot or an additional dose?

You should bring your existing paper vaccination card to your appointment, if possible.

If you were vaccinated by UHS or shared your vaccine records through MyUHS you do not need to take additional steps.

If your vaccination record is not on file with UHS, share your records as soon as possible. Follow these instructions and allow up to five business days for it to process.

If your record is not in MyUHS at the time of your appointment, you will need to provide a paper or electronic copy of your vaccination record that includes your name, the vaccine manufacturer and the dates it was administered. If you were vaccinated in Wisconsin, you should be able to access that information in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.

Last updated 10:11 PM, November 2, 2021

Do I need an additional shot or booster to be considered fully vaccinated and exempt from weekly campus COVID-19 testing?

No, you do not need to receive a booster or additional dose to be considered fully vaccinated if you received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. 

Last updated 10:12 PM, November 2, 2021

My job isn’t on the CDC or DHS list for a booster. Can I get a booster shot?

Yes.

People ages 18 to 64 who were vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago and personally determine that a booster shot will further protect their health and the health of those around them due to exposure at their job may get a booster shot, even if their job is not listed on the CDC or DHS websites. Individuals should consider consulting a health care professional to help them understand the benefits and the risks of receiving a booster shot.

Everyone 18 and older who received a Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least two months ago should seek a booster.

Last updated 10:15 PM, November 2, 2021

What is the difference between an additional dose and a booster shot?

People with medical conditions that make their immune systems weaker may not have developed a strong antibody response to their two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. For these people, a third dose at least 28 days after their second shot may help prompt the immune system to produce protective antibodies. Learn more here.

Booster shots are given to people who are likely to have developed a strong immune response with prior vaccination, in order to help increase, or boost, the immunity they already have. This is because there is some evidence from clinical trials that antibodies produced after the first two shots decline over time. Most of us are familiar with booster doses for other routine vaccinations, such as measles-mumps-rubella and tetanus.

Last updated 10:17 PM, November 2, 2021

Can I become vaccinated and then be exempt from mandatory weekly testing?

Yes. Vaccination is safe, effective and available for free on campus and in the community.

Once you are considered fully vaccinated, you will be exempt from testing. You will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you receive a one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) or the second of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). If you are vaccinated on campus, UHS will have your vaccine record. If you are vaccinated off campus, follow the above instructions to share your record. After completing your vaccine series, you must continue to test until you are two weeks beyond getting your final dose.

Last updated 10:56 AM, September 20, 2021

I already had COVID-19. Do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes, people who recovered from COVID-19 should get vaccinated. Evidence suggests that antibodies from natural infection may not be as robust or long-lasting as those from vaccination and that vaccination may offer better protection against new variants than those from a natural infection. A recent study showed that individuals who are unvaccinated are twice as likely to get infected again than those who are fully vaccinated.

Students and employees are required to test weekly for COVID-19 if UHS does not have proof of vaccination. Learn more about how to submit proof of vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccine is readily available on campus for all eligible students and employees. Schedule your appointment at UHS now.

Last updated 10:28 AM, October 8, 2021

Why do I have to wear a mask if I'm vaccinated?

Because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more contagious, wearing masks provides important additional protection to both unvaccinated and vaccinated people. While vaccinated people are at lower risk of getting COVID-19 than unvaccinated people (and have a lower risk of severe outcomes), well-fitting masks further reduce the chances that you are exposed to the virus and unintentionally spread the virus to unvaccinated people, including children. Masking is a tool that is part of a collective strategy to reduce risks, particularly at times when high levels of virus are spreading in the community.

Last updated 4:28 PM, September 30, 2021

How can I check my vaccination status with UHS?

You can either use the new MyUHS app or login to the UHS website. On the login page, click the “Immunizations” link on the left side to view a list of all your vaccines UHS has on record. If you need to upload your COVID-19 vaccination record, click here for detailed instructions.

Posted on 2:12 PM, August 27, 2021

How will UHS contact me regarding vaccine information and other personal health issues?

You can either use the new MyUHS app or login to the UHS website. On the login page, click the “Messages” link on the left side to see if you have a message. You will also receive an email alerting you that you have a secure message. You can respond or send a new secure message to UHS.

Posted on 2:15 PM, August 27, 2021

If I was vaccinated for COVID-19 outside of the United States, do I need to get or can I get a U.S.-based vaccine?

Updated

This depends on the type of vaccination you received and whether you completed the series.

For recipients of FDA-authorized vaccines

  • If you had two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson, you have completed the series.
  • If it has been more than 2 months since you received a Johnson and Johnson dose, you are eligible for a booster shot.
  • If you are 18 or older and it has been more than 6 months since you completed your initial dose series of Pfizer or Moderna, you are eligible for a booster shot. Learn more.
  • If you are immunocompromised, you can get an additional dose if you received Moderna or Pfizer. Anyone initially vaccinated with Johnson and Johnson at least two months ago should get a booster of either an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) or Johnson and Johnson.
  • If you received just one dose of Moderna or Pfizer, you should seek a second dose as close to the recommended timeframe as possible (28 days for Moderna, 21 days for Pfizer)

For recipients of WHO-approved vaccines listed for emergency use

  • If you completed a vaccine series, you are considered fully vaccinated.
  • If it has been more than 6 months since you completed your initial dose series and you are 18 or older, you may receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
  • If you completed just part of a series, you should seek a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. You should wait until it’s been at least 28 days since your last dose to begin an FDA-authorized vaccine series.

For recipients of non–WHO-listed or FDA-authorized vaccine

  • If you received all or part of a vaccine that is not currently authorized by the FDA or granted emergency use listing by the WHO, you should seek a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. You should wait until it’s been at least 28 days since your last dose to begin an FDA-authorized vaccine series.

You must receive all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 initial vaccine series to be considered fully vaccinated. At this time, a booster shot is not required.

Last updated 3:21 PM, November 23, 2021

How can I replace my lost vaccination card?

If you’ve lost your vaccination card, try any of the following:

  • Call the provider where you were vaccinated to see if they can give you a new card.
  • If you received your vaccination in Wisconsin, access your vaccination record using the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).
    • If you have a social security number, Medicaid ID, or Health Care Member ID, you can access your record through the Public Immunization Record Access
    • If you do not have one of these numbers, you can access your record one of two ways:
      • Option 1: Fill out the Wisconsin Immunization Registry Record Release Authorization, F-02487 and have your records sent to you. If you received your vaccine through UHS, the Health Care Member ID for signing into WIR will be your campus ID number (found on your Wiscard)
      • Option 2: Ask the organization that vaccinated you to assign you a chart number in WIR. The chart number field is linked to the Health Care Member ID. Then, visit the Public Immunization Record Access webpage and enter the chart number assigned to you in the Health Care Member ID field.
    • If you received your vaccination in another state, go to that state department of health’s website to search their vaccine registry.

Please note, DHS cannot issue COVID-19 vaccination cards. University Health Services can only issue replacement cards for vaccine doses administered at UW–Madison. 

Last updated 3:37 PM, September 30, 2021

What app is being used for COVID-19 testing and vaccination appointments?

The MyUHS app has replaced the Safer Badgers app, giving students and employees the ability to schedule vaccination and COVID testing appointments and view their test results. A web version of MyUHS is available at myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu   We encourage all students and employees to download the app.

The app is available for iPhone and Android (version 10 and above). If you are not able to upgrade to Android 10, you may use the web version of MyUHS at myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu. More information and a link to download the app is available at uhs.wisc.edu/myuhs/.

Posted on 8:34 AM, August 23, 2021

I have a disability or underlying medical condition as identified by the CDC that puts me at greater risk of serious illness and I am not comfortable being on campus. What can I do?

Please be aware that a majority of employees and students have already received at least one dose and many are fully vaccinated.

For employees: If you have specific concerns related to a medical condition/disability that you have, please talk to your Divisional Disability Representative (DDR) about an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees who do not wish to disclose disability or medical information may seek to work remotely through the Remote Work Policy and the employee’s request will be evaluated in the same manner as other remote work requests, and not as an accommodation request under the ADA.

For students: UW–Madison will offer primarily in-person classes in the 2021-22 academic year. Many of the University’s academic programs have essential in-person components. If you have a disability that impacts your ability to attend in person activities, you may work with the McBurney Disability Resource Center to explore possible accommodations. Requests for remote participation will require a letter from your health care provider and approval will be contingent upon determining feasibility for each course with the course instructor.

Last updated 10:49 PM, August 11, 2021

Should students have their vaccine cards available during the school year?

We encourage the entire campus community to upload their vaccination record. While we don’t anticipate you needing to show your card on campus, you may be asked for it off campus. Some local event venues and restaurants have announced they will be requiring proof of vaccination. We’d suggest at least carrying a digital copy of your vaccine card.

Last updated 9:51 AM, November 3, 2021

Do I need to get vaccinated to participate in a UW–Madison study abroad/away program?

We strongly encourage all participants to be fully vaccinated with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized vaccine (Modern, Pfizer, or Johnson and Johnson) or World Heath Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to their program start date.

UW–Madison does not require that participants be vaccinated. However, countries may require proof of vaccination for entry, and some programs and partners may also require proof of vaccination prior to participation. Additionally, country and program protocols such as mandatory quarantines, travel policies, course and activity participation, housing options, and testing requirements may vary by vaccination status. Being fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine will result in a less burdensome and safer traveling, living, and learning experience for you and those you interact with given dynamic worldwide conditions due to COVID-19.

It is your responsibility to understand and abide by the vaccination requirements (including acceptable vaccine types and verification methods) for your specific program and location(s), as well as any country you may travel through or visit during your time abroad. Note that restrictions and regulations may change at any time. Any related delays, penalties, quarantines, program status changes or cancellations, and associated costs are the full responsibility of the student.

We encourage you to bring your COVID-19 vaccination record card when abroad and to also have copies available as a back-up.

You will need to research and monitor your country and program requirements. The U.S. Embassy is a good source for the country(ies) you’re visiting. For program specific requirements, please read all of your program materials carefully as well as reach out to your study abroad advisor if you have any questions.

Last updated 11:53 AM, November 11, 2021

Although I am fully vaccinated, I (or a household member) have a health condition that puts me (them) at greater risk of serious illness if I (they) contract COVID-19. I am not comfortable being around unmasked people unless I know they are fully vaccinated. What can I do?

As of Sept. 1, 92 percent of employees and 88 percent of students are vaccinated. This high level of vaccination, combined with the requirement for masks to be worn indoors, means that we have a robust level of protection on campus and fewer members of our population will experience severe infections caused by COVID-19, compared to areas with lower vaccination rates.

In addition to wearing a mask indoors, as currently required, you may also continue to wear a mask outdoors if you wish. If you have specific concerns related to a medical condition that someone in your household has, please speak with your Human Resources representative if you are an employee or check in with the Dean of Students Office for support if you are a student.

Please note that employees are not entitled to accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for a family member’s underlying medical condition.

Last updated 8:07 AM, September 2, 2021

Is it okay to ask someone I work with if they have been vaccinated?

No. A person’s vaccination status is private, just like any other medical issue or condition, and employees should not be asked to share this information. In general, especially as more people become eligible for vaccination due to health conditions, it is good etiquette to avoid asking people their vaccination status. Anyone who wants to share their vaccine status information with others is free to do so on their own terms, but there is no requirement to share this information with others with whom they work and/or report.

Last updated 2:24 PM, May 26, 2021

I was vaccinated outside the U.S. Does this mean I am fully vaccinated after 14 days?

An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The 14 days is the standard used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for vaccines with an Emergency Use Authorization or Emergency Use Listing. See the WHO’s COVID-19 Vaccine updates for more information on Emergency Use Listings.

Beginning November 8, 2021, F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant student visa holders are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated in accordance with CDC guidance before flying to the United States. Learn more.

Last updated 12:06 PM, November 11, 2021

I already had COVID-19 and I have proof I have antibodies. Do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes, people who recovered from COVID-19 should get vaccinated. Evidence suggests that antibodies from natural infection may not be as robust or long-lasting as those from vaccination and that vaccination may offer better protection against new variants than those from a natural infection. A recent study showed that individuals who are unvaccinated are twice as likely to get infected again than those who are fully vaccinated.

Students and employees are required to test weekly for COVID-19 if UHS does not have proof of vaccination. UHS does not accept antibody results for testing exemptions. Learn more about how to submit proof of vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccine is readily available on campus for all eligible students and employees. Schedule your appointment at UHS now.

Last updated 10:46 AM, October 8, 2021

How do I interact with co-workers or students safely if I don’t know who is vaccinated?

The most important thing you can do to ensure safe interactions is to become vaccinated yourself. As of Sept. 1, 92 percent of employees and 88 percent of students are vaccinated. Vaccination provides robust protection against COVID-19.

Because people who are not fully vaccinated do not have this protection, employees and students who are not fully vaccinated are required to test weekly effective August 30 and everyone on campus is required to wear masks indoors.

Last updated 8:04 AM, September 2, 2021

What is UW–Madison's plan for vaccinating students?

UW-Madison is achieving a high vaccination rate through a combination of beginning early with repeated messaging and visible marketing, an emphasis on data analysis and targeted outreach and a laser-like focus on the topic from Chancellor Blank and her leadership team, along with UHS and other campus units that have made vaccination a high priority.

As of Sept. 1, 88 percent of students are vaccinated. This high level of vaccination means that we have a robust level of protection on campus and fewer members of our population will experience severe infections caused by COVID-19, compared to areas with lower vaccination rates.

Students can schedule appointments at go.wisc.edu/myuhs. Students can also seek vaccine appointments off campus using VaccineFinder.org.

Once students submit proof that they are fully vaccinated (14 days past final dose) and the information is processed, they will no longer be required to test regularly.

Last updated 4:53 PM, September 30, 2021

I received my vaccine from UHS. Can I now use UHS as my on-campus healthcare provider even though I am an employee and not a student?

Though University Health Services has been able to offer testing and vaccination to all active students and employees at UW–Madison as part of the campus pandemic response, other than limited Occupational Medicine services, UHS can only offer routine health care to students.

Posted on 1:57 PM, June 8, 2021

Where can I get vaccinated?

Last updated 5:15 PM, July 12, 2021

Can a supervisor or manager ask an employee whether they have been vaccinated?

No. A person’s vaccination status is private, just like any other medical issue or condition, and employees are not required to share this information with supervisors or managers. There are limited exceptions to this in certain types of jobs (such as health care roles) where sharing vaccine status information is required, but in these limited cases employees are formally notified of this requirement. In general, especially as more people become eligible for vaccination due to health conditions, it is important to avoid asking these types of questions of employees because it could cause an employee to feel compelled to share medical or disability information and this should be avoided.

Last updated 8:57 AM, August 6, 2021

Can a supervisor or manager make work unit plans, changes, or updates based on the vaccine status of the employees in their work unit?

Our campus public health policies, procedures and protocols determine decisions around face covering requirements and physical distancing in the workplace. Supervisors and managers must follow campus public health policies, procedures and protocols and not create their own separate rules for their individual work units. Consult the campus Covid Response website for more information about campus public health protocols.

Last updated 2:23 PM, May 26, 2021

I am worried about variants. Am I protected by vaccination?

Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19, including variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Researchers continue to study vaccines in the context of variants of concern. Variants are less likely to emerge as more people get vaccinated across the world, so experts encourage vaccination to help prevent variants from arising.

Last updated 9:13 AM, September 28, 2021