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COVID-19 vaccine information

University Health Services is vaccinating eligible members of the campus community under the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
Read more here. The university is committed to distributing available vaccines to our community equitably, safely and effectively.

All individuals are encouraged to seek the vaccine when they become eligible, though the vaccine is not currently mandatory. Vaccination is expected to help achieve herd immunity, in which a sufficient number of people are protected from the virus that causes COVID-19 and it is limited from spreading to vulnerable people.

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I believe I am eligible for the vaccine. How can I receive it on campus?

Phase 1a includes:

  • Health care workers and employees in direct contact with COVID-19 patients
  • Health care workers and employees in direct contact with the virus or virus specimens
  • UW–Madison employees and students who are not dual appointees at UW Health but meet these criteria

Phase 1a eligible employees and students should check their wisc.edu email regularly for information about vaccination and scheduling. As vaccine supply increases in the coming weeks and months, more UW–Madison employees and students will become eligible, though widespread vaccine availability is likely to be several months away.

Employees with UW Health appointments will be included in UW Health’s vaccination efforts and will not receive an email from UHS. 

With input from medical and public health experts, UW–Madison is identifying individuals who may qualify for the next round of vaccination. These decisions depend on the availability of the vaccine and on final guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the federal government.

If your work that makes you eligible for the vaccine *under Phase 1a* is related to your campus role, email University Health Services: uhs@uhs.wisc.edu. Include contact information and a description of your role so they can check your eligibility. Include the subject line “Phase 1a eligibility” and provide your full name, contact information and a description of your eligibility. Only those who meet the criteria established by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will be approved for Phase 1a.

Off-campus eligibility

If your work that makes you eligible for the vaccine is separate from your work or education on campus, you will be vaccinated through Public Health Madison and Dane County. They have an online tool to help get you connected to vaccine: cityofmadison.com/news/vaccine-availability-for-dane-county-tier-1a-personnel-not-affiliated-with-a-healthcare-system?fbclid=IwAR2THKK9NI17fuP9QUxyMjwu0X-YGFa0I6SKoPLSkdIZnmMoZo_4yl70xxQ.

About the vaccine

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. For more information about these side effects and to read more FAQs, visit: fda.gov/media/144638/download

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. For more information about these side effects and to read more FAQs, visit: fda.gov/media/144414/download

Will I test positive for COVID because I’ve been vaccinated?

No, the test for COVID-19 looks for several signatures of the virus that are not present in the vaccine.

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