Vaccination Information for Students

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We have been working closely with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) on opportunities for our students to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. A portal has been opened for a Vaccine Registry for all UNL students who wish to be vaccinated.

This portal is open now; you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

When you go to the registry, you’ll be prompted to choose the sector you fall into – and should select “students-higher education” and then “University of Nebraska.” You should list your local address in the registry.

Register Now

As vaccine supplies become available, you’ll be notified by LLCHD to schedule a vaccination appointment. Please make sure you provide a correct email address when you register, as that will be the primary means for LLCHD to reach you to schedule an appointment.

We recognize that many other counties in Nebraska are already providing opportunities for anyone over the age of 18 to be vaccinated, as are all pharmacies in Nebraska who are part of the federal COVID-19 vaccination pharmacy program. If you’re able to schedule an appointment in another county or at a participating pharmacy, we highly recommend taking advantage of that opportunity. There are helpful resources available to locate providers of COVID-19 vaccines.

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.

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

Will there be phases of UNL student vaccination? No, the vaccine registry is a coordinated effort with the Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department and is available to all UNL students who wish to be vaccinated.
Do you have to be 19 years old or older to register? All students can go ahead and register regardless of age. When contacted by the Health Department for an appointment they will also be notified about any additional approvals needed.
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.
Will required randomized COVID testing still have to be completed even after a majority of students are vaccinated? Yes, testing will continue throughout Spring 2021, after which testing will be voluntary.
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 next semester? We very highly encourage vaccinations as the best opportunity to protect our community, but we are not planning to require them in the fall.
Can students request the type of vaccine they would like to receive? No. All of the current vaccines provide excellent protection, you are strongly advised to take the one being offered at the clinic/location you visit. Once you get to the facility and learn which one you are getting, you have the option to leave, but that may delay your ability to participate in another clinic.
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.