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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 March 29, 2021:

As of March 26, Albany County vaccine clinics had administered 10,671 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s expected that the clinics will administer at least 800 vaccinations the week of March 29.

UW is working with Albany County Public Health and Ivinson Memorial Hospital to administer vaccines to county residents under Phase 2 of the Wyoming Department of Health guidelines, meaning all county residents age 16 and up can schedule vaccination appointments. That includes all UW students.

Under Phase 2, the vaccination program and other local providers are administering the Pfizer (age 16 and up), Moderna (age 18 and up) and Johnson & Johnson (age 18 and up) vaccines by appointment.

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 COVIDVX@uwyo.edu.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Overview

How to get in line:

There are several options individuals who are eligible to receive their vaccine can choose to schedule appointments:

  • Albany County Vaccine Clinic -- Individuals who have signed up for a My Health Connection account will have the opportunity to self-schedule a vaccination appointment. Due to appointment availability, scheduling links will be randomized within the system and sent to individuals. Individuals can continue to call the Albany County Vaccine Call Center to schedule at (307) 766-8222 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Due to high call volumes, individuals should remain patient and try again at a later time if their calls do not go through initially.
  • Walmart Pharmacy -- Walmart has received a federal allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible individuals can visit the Walmart website to schedule appointments.
  • Walgreens Pharmacy -- Walgreens has received a federal allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible individuals can visit the Walgreens website to schedule appointments.
  • Pole Mountain Pharmacy -- Pole Mountain has received a county allotment for the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible individuals can visit the Pole Mountain website to schedule appointments.
  • Approved health care clinics -- Stitches Acute Care, Laramie Pediatrics, Albany County Community Health Clinic, Ivinson Medical Group and Laramie Family Physicians have received a limited supply of vaccines. Patients of these clinics can call their provider offices to learn about vaccine availability.

 

Reporting your vaccination:

While vaccinations are not required for UW students and employees, they’re strongly encouraged. And, to allow the university to track overall vaccination numbers, students and employees must report their vaccinations once they’ve received them.

Students who receive their COVID-19 vaccinations should upload documentation to the Student Health Service patient portal as soon as their vaccine series is complete. This is as simple as taking a photo of your vaccination document and uploading the picture to your UW Patient Portal using your regular UW user ID and password.

For employees, a quick reference guide has been created to help record this information within HCM. 

 

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 emergency use authorization for vaccines developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, 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. 

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