How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccines are now ready and being made available based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ:

Learn about UI Health Care’s vaccination process, safety measures, and expressing interest in receiving your vaccine through our organization.

I am a UI Health Care patient; can I get my COVID-19 vaccine from you?

All Iowans age 12 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The number of vaccines UI Health Care can provide is dependent on the number of doses we receive from the state and county. We will continue to partner with our local and state health departments to vaccinate as many Iowans as possible.

For convenience and ease of scheduling, UI Health Care is offering vaccination appointments available through self-scheduling online and via MyChart.

The first available appointment for a vaccine is the best one for you and our community. If you have the opportunity to be vaccinated elsewhere, such as through your local pharmacy, we encourage you to accept that appointment to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Note: The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently the only vaccine authorized for individuals age 12 and older.

I am not a UI Health Care patient; can you give me the vaccine?

Yes, we are vaccinating individuals who are not UI Health Care patients as vaccine supply allows. All Iowans over the age of 12 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The number of vaccines UI Health Care can provide is dependent on the number of doses we receive from the state and county. We will continue to partner with our local and state health departments to vaccinate as many Iowans as possible.

For convenience and ease of scheduling, UI Health Care is offering vaccination appointments available through self-scheduling online and via MyChart.

I have an appointment coming up at UI Health Care and am eligible. Can my doctor give me the vaccine then?

No. Vaccine doses are limited, and there are not enough to enable all of our clinics to offer the vaccine. For convenience and ease of scheduling, UI Health Care is offering vaccination appointments available through self-scheduling online and via MyChart.

All Iowans over the age of 12 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The number of vaccines UI Health Care can provide is dependent on the number of doses we receive from the state and county. We will continue to partner with our local and state health departments to vaccinate as many Iowans as possible.

Can I walk in for my vaccination?

Yes. Walk-in vaccinations are available for people age 18 and older at UI Hospitals & Clinics between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Pomerantz Family Pavilion Level 2 Pharmacy. Take Elevator L to Level 2.

If scheduling an appointment is more convenient for you, UI Health Care offers vaccination appointments at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing through self-scheduling online and via MyChart.

All Iowans over the age of 12 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Can I choose which brand of vaccine I receive?

At this time, individuals are not able to choose the brand of vaccine that they receive, based on CDC guidance and given the way in which the state distributes vaccine supply. All authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in decreasing the spread of the virus. We encourage all individuals to receive the first authorized vaccine that they are offered.

What safety measures are taken at vaccination sites?

Vaccination sites will provide space for social distancing and will require that face masks be worn. We ask that only the patient attend the appointment whenever possible. We recognize that some patients will require assistance and exceptions will be allowed in those cases. Patients will be asked to wait in their vehicles until the time of their appointment to further support social distancing and a streamlined process.

Patients will be required to remain at the vaccination site to be monitored for 15 to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor for any adverse reactions. In the rare event of a reaction, medically trained staff will be readily available onsite to manage these reactions.

How are staff trained and prepared to handle reactions?

Our medical personnel are trained and prepared to deal with any allergy or medical concerns in the rare event of a reaction.

How can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I do not have access to the internet?

If you do not have internet access, call us at 1-319-384-8819 to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Can spouses/family members be vaccinated at the same time?

Due to limited vaccine availability, we will only be able to vaccinate the individual who has a vaccination appointment scheduled with UI Health Care at this time.

For convenience and ease of scheduling, UI Health Care is offering vaccination appointments available through self-scheduling online and via MyChart.

If I do not currently have a vaccine appointment with UI Health Care, is there a waiting list I can join for any excess doses that might become available on short notice?

At this time we do not have a wait list. The number of vaccines UI Health Care can provide is dependent on the number of doses we receive from the state and county. We will continue to partner with our local and state health departments to vaccinate as many Iowans as possible.

For convenience and ease of scheduling, UI Health Care is offering vaccination appointments available through self-scheduling online and via MyChart.

How much will it cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once available?

Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccine providers may charge an administration fee, covered by most insurance, or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

How will we include all members of our community, including underrepresented minorities?

We are working with Johnson County Public Health and community partners to be responsible and inclusive with our vaccine distribution.

When should I receive my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (for either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna)?

UI Health Care follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for second dose of COVID-19 vaccinations.  

For the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, second doses are administered at least 21 days after the first dose and preferably within 42 days.  

For the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, second doses are administered at least 28 days after the first dose and preferably within 42 days.

What if I don’t see any available times on your scheduling site?

If no available appointments are listed in the self scheduling tool, check back at a later time, as appointments are added on a weekly basis, as vaccine supply allows.

When are new times usually added for scheduling?

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are evaluated on a weekly basis, as we learn our number of doses allocated from state and county health departments.

I don’t live in Johnson County, can I still schedule a vaccine with UI Health Care?

Yes. For convenience and ease of scheduling, UI Health Care is offering vaccination appointments available through self-scheduling online and via MyChart.

Can children get vaccinated against COVID-19?

Yes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine for emergency use for children ages 12 and older. This is the only COVID-19 vaccine available to children at this time.

Read more about emergency use authorization.

Parents who would like to get their children vaccinated through UI Health Care can do so by:

Scheduling a vaccination through MyChart | Visiting our online vaccination page on uihc.org

If your child has an upcoming visit already scheduled at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing, your provider may discuss getting your child vaccinated during your visit.

Read more about COVID-19 vaccinations for children

Last reviewed: 
June 2021

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