COVID-19 vaccine information

UW–Madison is currently vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds.
Schedule your appointment now; drop-ins are also welcome.

Don’t forget to upload your vaccine record to MyUHS.

COVID-19 vaccine is readily available on campus for everyone age 12 and older at University Health Services, whether or not you are affiliated with the university. Vaccination is free and you do not need to present identification.

Make an appointment now or drop in Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. The site is closed  at the noon hour, and drop-ins may be turned away after 4:15 p.m. At times, special clinic hours may be available and posted here.

The university offers all three currently authorized vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson. If you require a specific vaccine please make an appointment to guarantee it’s available. Pfizer is the only vaccine currently authorized for use in individuals between the ages of 12 and 17.

If you have questions about vaccines, contact uhs@uhs.wisc.edu or call the UHS nurse line at 608-265-5600.

Community vaccination

In addition to Pfizer, authorized for people ages 12 and older, UHS also offers Moderna and Janssen/Johnson and Johnson, which are available for people 18 and older. Individuals under 18 are encouraged to make an appointment since Pfizer may not be available at the time of drop-in.

An adult must be present with anyone under 18 seeking vaccination, unless they are a UW–Madison student or employee. A parent or legal guardian must sign a consent form either on site or on the online appointment portal. Appointments should be made for the individual being vaccinated (see below).

Vaccinations are at University Health Services (UHS), 333 East Campus Mall in Madison, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with occasional expanded hours. The site will be closed at the noon hour, and drop-ins may be turned away after 4:15. At times,  special clinic hours may be available and will be posted here.

Schedule a vaccine appointment

  • Sign up at go.wisc.edu/communityvaccine
  • Enter the agency code madisonvax
  • Complete the online registration form for the individual seeking vaccination
  • You will receive a one-time registration code sent to the email or phone number you provided
  • Create a password
  • Schedule your appointment
  • Show your barcode when you arrive for your appointment; you may print this out to bring with you, or log in again at your appointment at go.wisc.edu/communityvaccine with the username and password you created when making your appointment.

If you have difficulty scheduling an appointment online, email uwvax@uhs.wisc.edu.

On the day of your appointment

Log in to go.wisc.edu/communityvaccine with the username and password you created when you made your appointment and complete the Same-Day Screening and Consent Form in “Consent Forms” before your appointment. You will also need the barcode that appears when you sign in, which you can either print ahead of time or show on your smart device when you arrive at UHS for your vaccine.

Getting to University Health Services

  • View a map.
  • Hourly parking is available in Lot 46. UHS validates parking.
  • Check Madison Metro for a list of routes that stop near UHS, including 2, 3, 4, 6, and 9, and the 80 campus bus.
  • Bike racks are also available outside UHS in the East Campus Mall or in the underground parking area.
  • Enter the building’s main entrance at 333 East Campus Mall and follow the signs to the elevators. Take the elevators to the 6th floor. The vaccine clinic is located just beyond the elevator lobby.

You do not need to show a negative test result to enter the building for your vaccine appointment.

Vaccination is safe. University Health Services staff will ask you to remain at the site for 15 minutes following your shot to make sure you don’t have a rare allergic reaction. Most people will not have a reaction.

If you receive a two-dose vaccine from UHS, either Moderna or Pfizer, you will be instructed to make an appointment for your second dose before you leave.

Vaccine Distribution

Eligibility

Find information and read state FAQs about vaccine eligibility.

Availability

Check the MyUHS portal for availability. Or, plan to drop in during the vaccination site open hours (see above).

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.

There is no cost to vaccination regardless of where you go, though some vaccinators may ask to bill your health insurer for administration. You also do not need to show a state ID.

About the vaccines

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is administered in one dose. While some people will not have any side effects from the vaccine, others may experience symptoms such as headache and mild fever.

On April 13, 2021, use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was briefly paused after national vaccine safety monitoring found that a very small number of people — all women between 18 and 49 years old — out of millions who had received the vaccine developed rare blood clots and low platelets.

A sign that the safety mechanisms in place to detect adverse events was working properly, the pause gave the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration opportunity to further review available data and conduct extensive outreach to health care providers. This helps ensure they’re aware of the potential for this syndrome and able to provide appropriate management and treatment.

On April 23, 2021, the brief pause was lifted after a thorough safety review determined the vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. Medical and scientific experts determined that the chance of this syndrome occurring is very low. For women between ages 18 and 49, about 7 in one million may experience the condition.

If you receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, contact your health care provider immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms within three weeks of receiving your vaccine: shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, severe or persistent headaches, blurred vision, easy bruising or tiny spots under the skin beyond their injection site.

Find more information about the Johnson & Johnson side effects as well as more 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 side effects 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 side effects as well as more FAQs.

For AstraZeneca vaccine research trial participants

If you are enrolled in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine research trial and are offered or are considering Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you can contact the research team with your questions. The research team will unblind you ahead of time to let you know if you received the actual vaccine or placebo injection. Contact the Office of Clinical Trials at 608-265-6507 or refer to the business card in your trial folder.

  • Per Dr. Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, there are no known risks to mixing the different brands but there is no data yet available to support this assumption.
  • It is uncertain if there are advantages to receiving the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines in addition to the AstraZeneca vaccine. While the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines offer enhanced protection against acquiring COVID-19, all of the vaccines are extremely effective against severe disease and hospitalization.

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 without cost for those coming to be vaccinated at University Health Services.

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

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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.

Then take these steps to upload your records:

    • 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.” Your Badger Badge will turn green once it has been two weeks since your final dose and your record has been 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 11:30 AM, June 9, 2021

I am not a UW student or employee. Can I receive a vaccine through the university?

Yes, visit go.wisc.edu/communityvaccine to make an appointment. For instructions and more information, see go.wisc.edu/covid19vaccine.

Last updated 9:40 AM, May 12, 2021

If I’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, do I still need to be tested?

Fully vaccinated individuals at UW–Madison will be exempted from routine COVID-19 testing. In order for the exemption to apply,

  • You must be at least 2 weeks past the date you received your second vaccine dose, or 2 weeks past the date you received a single-dose vaccine. The exemption will take effect 15  days from that date.
  • UHS must have a record of your vaccination. If you were vaccinated by UHS, they have your record. If you were not vaccinated by UHS, follow the instructions to upload your record in MyUHS. It may take up to 5 business days for your record to be reflected in MyUHS.
  • You will receive a message in the Safer Badgers app that says your Badger Badge will remain green without further testing, and the word exempt will appear under your picture in the badge. If your badge is not green at that time, you will need one more test to turn it green. Until you receive this message, you will need to continue testing in order to remain compliant.

After receiving the exemption, you are still required to show your Badger Badge at building entrances, wear a face covering, and practice physical distancing. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate yourself from others and get tested as soon as possible. A positive test will turn your badge red.

Last updated 9:40 AM, May 12, 2021

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

Students can schedule appointments at go.wisc.edu/myuhs. Vaccination is a personal choice and UW–Madison strongly recommends it for the health of our community.

Students can also seek vaccine appointments off campus using VaccineFinder.org.

Last updated 9:40 AM, May 12, 2021

Does my Badger Badge need to indicate "building access granted" in order for me to enter the vaccination site?

No. While we encourage you to be in compliance with Badger Badge requirements, you will not be turned away from a vaccine appointment if your badge is not indicating “building access granted” (with a green checkmark).

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are quarantining due to a possible exposure or are having symptoms, you should reschedule your vaccine appointment.

Last updated 9:41 AM, May 12, 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'm an international student that will be coming to UW-Madison. Should I get vaccinated here or wait until I'm on campus?

The recommendation is to get whatever COVID-19 vaccine is available to you wherever you are. UHS will recognize vaccines maintained on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency use listing. If that vaccine is not on the WHO list by the time you arrive in the U.S., you will be able to get an FDA-approved vaccine. Similarly, if there are recommendations for boosters or additional prevention measures with your initial vaccine, we will try to facilitate with FDA-approved vaccines.

Posted on 2:06 PM, May 20, 2021

Can I continue to wear a mask if I'm fully vaccinated?

Yes.

Last updated 1:15 PM, June 2, 2021

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

Please be aware that a majority of employees and students have already received at least one shot and many are fully vaccinated. You may continue to wear a mask if you wish. If you have specific concerns related to a health condition that you have, please talk to your Divisional Disability Representative.

Last updated 1:13 PM, June 2, 2021

How do I know whether someone should be wearing a mask?

It’s understandable to wonder about someone else’s vaccination status but the most important thing you can do to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to become vaccinated yourself. If an unvaccinated person does not wear a mask, they, not you, are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. We strongly encourage all students and employees to choose vaccination, which is available on campus at no cost.

It is not appropriate to ask whether someone is vaccinated or why they are/are not wearing a mask; vaccination status is personal health information Individuals may choose to share their vaccination status if they wish.

Recognizing that we may not know others’ vaccination status or health concerns, we ask that all members of our campus community continue to be respectful of others and the protective practices they choose to use.

Last updated 1:13 PM, June 2, 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. Many students and employees have already received at least one dose. Vaccination provides robust protection against COVID-19.

Because people who are not fully vaccinated do not have this protection, if you are not yet fully vaccinated, you should continue to wear face coverings indoors (unless working alone in a closed office) and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Everyone should continue to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Posted on 1:12 PM, June 2, 2021

How can I replace my lost vaccination card?

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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.
      • 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.

Last updated 9:28 AM, June 8, 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?

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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?

  • University Health Services
  • VaccineFinder.org
    • VaccineFinder.org helps people more easily locate available vaccine providers who are open to the public.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Health Services vaccine registry
    • Public Health Madison & Dane County and others are also offering appointments to people who sign up through the DHS registry. Vaccines are given at the Alliant Energy Center by appointment only. Transportation is available for those who need it — more information about this service is provided when an appointment is made.
  • Your health care provider
    • Check with your provider about vaccine availability.
  • Pharmacies
    • A growing number of pharmacies, including many national retailers, are now offering vaccination. Check the DHS website for a list of participating pharmacies and information on how to make an appointment.
  • Community-based vaccination clinics
Last updated 9:38 AM, May 12, 2021

Do guests or visitors need to show proof that they are vaccinated or have had current negative COVID-19 test to attend on campus events/activities?

No. However, guests and visitors cannot use the Safer Badgers app and will not have access to any specific spaces, events, or other in-person activities that require a green Badger Badge for access.

Posted on 7:15 AM, May 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. However, supervisors and managers are permitted to ask for Safer Badger app color or designation (green/building access granted).

Last updated 2:21 PM, May 26, 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