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COVID-19 Vaccination for the UW Community

We know that members of the UW community have many questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. We’re working hard to deliver answers. The information on this page will evolve as we get more insight into vaccine data and distribution plans. 

What we know as of August 23, 2021:

University of Wyoming students and employees can receive COVID-19 vaccines at several locations in Laramie. They include: Walmart, Walgreens, Pole Mountain Pharmacy, Ridley’s, Stitches Acute Care, Laramie Pediatrics, Albany Community Health Clinic, Ivinson Medical Group, the Downtown Clinic and Family Physicians of Laramie.

Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage you to read these frequently asked questions to learn more about the vaccines, the safety and effectiveness, and who is eligible to receive one.

Do you have questions for which you can’t find answers? Email UW’s COVID Vaccine Team at


Why we need COVID-19 vaccines:

COVID-19 infections can be a minor inconvenience, or they can lead to severe disease and death. Social distancing, handwashing and wearing your mask certainly help. However, the best way to stop this virus is to generate COVID-19-specific immunity within our community.

We can achieve this immunity in one of two ways: through illness (natural herd immunity) or through vaccination. As illness leads to severe disease or death for many, a safe and effective vaccine is a much better alternative.

About the vaccines:

At this time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval for the vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and emergency use authorization for vaccines produced by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

Vaccine cost:

There are no plans to charge UW employees or students who receive the vaccines, although the university may bill private insurance providers to cover the cost. 

Related links:

Contact UW’s COVID-19 Response Team by calling  (307) 766-COVD (2683) or emailing
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