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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 Jan. 21, 2021:

Albany County Public Health and Ivinson Memorial Hospital expect to receive a total of 2,200 doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines by the end of January. The university is working with the county and the hospital to assist in distribution of the vaccines to the county’s residents.

Health care workers at the University of Wyoming’s two clinic/residency programs in Cheyenne and Casper were among the first in line to receive their shots. Other UW front-line employees are receiving the vaccine as well. Eventually, COVID-19 vaccinations are expected to be available to all employees and students, in accordance with priorities established by the Wyoming Department of Health. Here is the priority list as it stands now.

For more information about Albany County’s vaccine distribution plan, visit Ivinson Hospital's Vaccine Info page.

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Overview

Who’s getting it first at UW:

UW has identified about 350 employees who qualify for vaccination under Phase 1a of state Department of Health priorities, and they are being notified individually when and where to receive the vaccine. The list includes Student Health Service employees; those involved in UW’s COVID-19 testing program; clinical providers in the College of Health Sciences; Student Affairs and UW Operations employees who work with students in quarantine and isolation; UW Police Department employees; and athletics trainers.

What’s coming next:

Starting Monday, Jan. 25, Albany County Public Health, UW and Ivinson Memorial Hospital are scheduled to begin administering vaccines to county residents who are in categories 1-3 of Phase 1b in the Wyoming Department of Health’s distribution guidelines. This includes people who are 70 years of age or older; however, due to limited vaccine availability, distribution efforts will focus first on individuals who are 80 or older.

UW employees who are in these subgroups -- about 75 people -- will be notified of their eligibility via email by the university. They and other county residents in those categories should sign up for My Health Connection, IMH’s patient portal, or call (307) 766-8222 to be placed on the vaccination list.

Preparing for Phase 1c:

While the state has not yet released specifics on who may qualify during Phase 1c -- such as certain high-risk individuals and people age 65 and older -- UW’s Office of Human Resources has established an online platform for employees to notify the university that they are at high risk and desire to receive the vaccine when it becomes available.

All employees who are high risk for COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, are encouraged to self-identify in the university's HCM system. Every active employee has been assigned a “Checklist Task” that steps them through the process of self-identifying. To find this task, employees should click on “Checklist Tasks” under “My Profile” in HCM, then “Current Tasks.” The system will then step employees through a few simple questions to identify how they fit the CDC’s high-risk definitions. Full instructions can be found in the “Self-Identify High Risk for COVID-19” Quick Reference Guide. If an employee is not high risk, no action is required with the assigned task.

UW is committed to distributing COVID-19 vaccines in a fair, ethical and transparent way. We will provide detailed information when it becomes available.

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 and Moderna.

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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