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Published February 10, 2022
The University of Wyoming’s Student Health Service will hold a COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinic Friday, Feb. 18, from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available at no charge to UW students, and flu vaccines are $29. The Student Health Service is able to bill the UW student medical insurance for the flu shot charge, and students with other insurance coverage can request the paperwork necessary to self-submit the charge to their own insurance for reimbursement. Students need to schedule appointments for the clinic by calling (307) 766-2130.
“The COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are recommended, even for those who have had COVID-19, as people who have not been vaccinated are up to two times more likely to get COVID-19 again as those who have been vaccinated,” says Student Health Service Director Mary Beth Bender. “While COVID-19 infection does provide some natural immunity, the level of protection from prior infection is lower than the protection from COVID-19 vaccinations.”
Those who have had previous COVID-19 infections can receive a vaccine or booster as soon as they have passed their isolation period and are no longer acutely ill. Booster doses can be given as soon as five months after completing the primary Pfizer or Moderna series, or two months after receiving a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Flu vaccines also are strongly recommended for those who have not yet received one this year, as influenza is occurring throughout the state, including UW’s student population. The flu vaccine can be given at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine or booster.
For those who are unable to schedule an appointment Feb. 18, flu vaccines are available at any time during Student Health Service hours, while Moderna vaccines and boosters will be subject to availability.