Vaccination Information

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Vaccination is one of the most effective tools to protect yourself and our Husker community. COVID vaccines are safe and have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are incredible benefits to being vaccinated against COVID-19, including getting to do some of things you had to avoid due to the pandemic.

Vaccination Opportunities

The University Health Center pharmacy offers single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on a drop-in basis — no appointment is needed. Only current students, faculty and staff are eligible. Alumni and dependents are ineligible.

Once you are fully vaccinated, you are encouraged to submit your information to the UNL voluntary vaccine registry.

Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccine Registry

The registry allows faculty, staff and students to submit their name, NUID number, preferred email, affiliation with the university, details on vaccine type and dates received, and upload documentation. Please do NOT submit information about a vaccine booster shot to the UNL voluntary vaccination registry. At this time, a booster shot is not required to be considered fully vaccinated. Details are available in the registry.

See more Q&A videos with Dr. Eberspacher

Vaccine Q&A with Dr. Eberspacher, medical director at the University Health Center

If you have questions about receiving a vaccine, important information to help answer questions can be found here. It’s also important to understand the common myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccines. Any questions can be sent to COVID19@unl.edu.

Even as more members of our community are vaccinated, UNL COVID-19 safety protocols are still in effect. You are still required to wear a face mask, distance appropriately, and get tested if requested.

Common Questions

Does the University encourage students to get vaccinated at any opportunity? Yes, if you have an opportunity to get vaccinated, you are encouraged to take advantage of it.
If I have already had COVID-19, do I still need to get the vaccine? Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you have already had COVID-19. A person that has had a moderate to severe infection (hospitalization, prolonged fevers, etc. for more than 5 days) should discuss timing with a primary care provider. But if it was a mild infection, they are still encouraged to get the vaccination within that 90 days to ensure even higher antibody levels. See vaccine facts from the CDC.
Will students have to be vaccinated to come back to campus in the fall? We very highly encourage vaccinations as the best opportunity to protect our community, but they are not required for fall semester.
Can students request the type of vaccine they would like to receive? Multiple vaccine types will not be available at each clinic. Vaccine type is announced prior to each clinic. All of the current vaccines provide excellent protection and you are strongly advised to take the one being offered at the clinic/location you visit.
I am a member of a specific population and have concerns about the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a detailed website with information for different groups including, people at high risk for severe illness, people with disabilities, underlying medical conditions, people with allergies, those who are pregnant or breastfeeding plus more. Learn more on the CDC website.