COVID-19 vaccine information

University Health Services continues to offer COVID-19 vaccination, including first and second booster shots, free to all students and employees. Vaccination also remains available throughout Dane County at pharmacies, Public Health Madison & Dane County and medical providers.

First booster shots are available to everyone 12 and older who received a single shot of Johnson & Johnson at least two months ago, or two shots of Pfizer or Moderna at least five months ago.

Second booster shots are available four months after a first booster to people who are:

  • 50 and older;
  • 18 and older and received Johnson and Johnson as their first dose and their booster;
  • 12 and older and are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

Already boosted?

Let UHS know about it to help keep your fellow Badgers safe. Learn more about sharing your records, booster eligibility, appointments and more.

Vaccine Distribution

Eligibility

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

For COVID-19 booster shots
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says everyone age 12 and older should get a booster if they received one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least two months ago, or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least five months ago. mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are recommended for booster shots over Johnson and Johnson.

If you received vaccines on the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) and are at least 18 years old, you should receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine 5 months after completing your initial dose series. Find more information here about vaccination outside of the U.S..

The COVID-19 vaccines authorized and approved in the United States remain highly effective, especially against severe illness and death. Booster shots help safely increase protection against infection and severe outcomes in fully vaccinated people. During the omicron surge of late 2021 and early 2022 in the U.S., boosted people were 21 times less likely to die from COVID-19 compared to those who were unvaccinated, and 7 times less likely to be hospitalized.

Browse the list of vaccine-related FAQs.

Second boosters

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommend that certain people get a second booster shot four months after their first booster. Evidence shows that this second booster offers better protection for people who are at increased risk of severe outcomes. Second boosters should be an mRNA vaccine and are recommended for:

  • People 50 and older;
  • People 18 and older who received Johnson and Johnson as their first dose and their booster;
  • People 12 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (for example, due to cancer treatment, HIV infection, organ transplant, or a medical condition like DiGeorge syndrome).

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 not offer all three. 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.

Note: The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended that individuals seek mRNA vaccines (Moderna or Pfizer) over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which the CDC has endorsed. This includes primary series and booster doses. However, the CDC says receiving any available COVID-19 vaccine is preferable to not getting a vaccine.

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

Johnson & Johnson

The Johnson & 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.

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

  • Wash your hands
  • Maintain physical distance. At least seventy percent of the community needs to be vaccinated before we begin to achieve ‘herd immunity.’
  • 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. 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 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.

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

Last updated 9:22 AM, April 4, 2022

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

If you receive COVID-19 vaccination off campus, including your initial or primary vaccine series and booster shots, share your records as soon as possible. (Note that UW Health clinics and vaccines given by UW Health providers are considered off campus.) Wait until you have received either the single dose of a one-dose vaccine or both shots of a two-dose vaccine to share your record. You may share booster records immediately.

If you received your booster at UHS, or you previously gave permission to UHS to access your Wisconsin Immunization Record and you received a booster in Wisconsin, you don’t need to take any further action to share your vaccine record.

Otherwise, you may 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. It may take longer for booster shots to be reflected in your campus record. 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 1:54 PM, February 24, 2022

I’ve been exposed to (a close contact of) someone with COVID-19. Do I need to quarantine and for how long?

Regardless of your vaccination status, following an exposure (close contact) you should:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days starting with your last contact (the day of your most recent close contact is day 0), and
  • Get tested (rapid antigen test or PCR) 5 days after your last contact if possible, and at any point if you develop symptoms.

You do not need to quarantine if:

  • You are fully vaccinated and boosted.
  • You received one dose of Johnson & Johnson or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna and are not yet eligible for a booster.
  • You tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 90 days.
    • You should still wear a mask for 10 days and get a test at any point if you develop symptoms.

You should quarantine for at least 5 days starting with your last contact if:

  • You have not received a booster but you are eligible.
  • You are not fully vaccinated.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested and isolate immediately regardless of your vaccination status or whether you previously tested positive. If you have symptoms and your test result is negative on an antigen test, you should seek a PCR test and 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 8:30 AM, April 4, 2022

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 about the additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

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 1:51 PM, February 24, 2022

Am I eligible for a booster shot?

The COVID-19 vaccines authorized and approved in the United States 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 says everyone age 18 and older vaccinated at least 2 months ago with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, or at least 5 months ago with Pfizer or Moderna should get a booster with any of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States.

If you received vaccines on the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) and are at least 18 years old, you should receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine 5 months after completing your initial dose series.

Second boosters

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommend that certain people get a second booster shot four months after their first booster. Evidence shows that this second booster offers better protection for people who are at increased risk of severe outcomes. Second boosters should be an mRNA vaccine and are recommended for:

  • People 50 and older;
  • People 18 and older who received Johnson and Johnson as their first dose and their booster;
  • People 12 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (for example, due to cancer treatment, HIV infection, organ transplant, or a medical condition like DiGeorge syndrome).

Learn more and schedule an appointment. 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 the difference between a third dose and a booster.

 

Last updated 8:14 AM, April 5, 2022

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?

If you received vaccines on the WHO’s emergency use listing and are 18 or older, you should get a booster of the Pfizer vaccine 5 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 11:35 AM, February 23, 2022

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

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. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must have a negative test within one day of travel. 

Last updated 3:05 PM, March 15, 2022

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?

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 should get a booster shot.
  • If you are 18 or older and it has been more than 5 months since you completed your initial dose series of Pfizer or Moderna, you should get a booster shot. Learn more about booster shots.
  • If you are immunocompromised, you should 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 5 months since you completed your initial dose series and you are 18 or older, you should get 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 11:33 AM, February 23, 2022

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

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

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 2:11 PM, December 3, 2021

If I receive a booster vaccination off-campus, should I upload my record to MyUHS? 

Yes. Though not required, sharing your off-campus booster vaccination with UHS as soon as possible helps campus plan. Let UHS know by sharing your records through the MyUHS website or app.

Last updated 1:37 PM, April 20, 2022

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 7:28 PM, January 26, 2022

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 11:43 AM, March 31, 2022

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 2:11 PM, January 7, 2022

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?

You may continue to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable doing so. If you have specific concerns related to a disability, please connect with the McBurney Disability Resource Center (students) or your Divisional Disability Representative (employees).

Last updated 1:09 PM, March 16, 2022

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 5:19 PM, February 24, 2022

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

The MyUHS app gives students and employees the ability to schedule vaccination and COVID-19 PCR 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/.

Technical support is provided through the Division of Information Technology Help Desk:  https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/

Last updated 7:24 PM, January 26, 2022

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

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