COVID-19 Vaccination update #1 from Pres. Wintersteen and AVP Baldwin

April 6, 2021 


Dear Iowa State Community,  

As of April 5, Iowans age 16 years and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Governor also recently announced plans to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to higher education institutions. This is a significant step toward our goal of returning to a vibrant campus experience this fall.  

Campus vaccinations. We’re collaborating with the Governor’s office on expanded vaccine availability. ISU will receive its vaccine allocation and will run a large-scale on-campus vaccination clinic for two weeks, beginning April 19, focused on vaccinating students before the end of the semester. Tomorrow, we’ll send another communication asking ISU employees to provide nonclinical staffing support at the large-scale vaccination clinic.  

Vaccinating students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students - both residents and nonresidents - will be prioritized for the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to vaccinate as many students as possible before the semester is over. Students do not need to call Thielen Student Health Center as they will be notified soon about how to sign up for a vaccination.  

Vaccinating faculty, staff, and postdocs. As vaccines become more available, we plan to expand vaccinations on campus to more faculty, staff, and postdocs and will communicate that information as it’s available. In the meantime, please take advantage of any authorized vaccine providers that are available to you. You can use the state’s vaccine finder to search for appointments: If you are receiving a two-dose vaccination, please be sure you will be available to receive both doses in the same location.  

For the most up-to-date information about vaccinations and the large-scale clinic, please visit ISU’s COVID-19 vaccination website

Thank you for your patience. We understand there is strong interest in receiving the vaccine. We are encouraged by the expanding eligibility and supply. Your continued patience and understanding is deeply appreciated as we work through this process. Please continue to follow the Cyclones Care behaviors to help protect yourself and others.   

Wendy Wintersteen, President  

Erin Baldwin, Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellness and Director of the Thielen Student Health Center