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    COVID-19 Vaccination for the UW Community

    We know that members of the UW community have many questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. We’re working hard to deliver answers. The information on this page will evolve as we get more insight into vaccine data and distribution plans. 

    What we know as of August 23, 2021:

    University of Wyoming students and employees can receive COVID-19 vaccines at several locations in Laramie. They include: Walmart, Walgreens, Pole Mountain Pharmacy, Ridley’s, Stitches Acute Care, Laramie Pediatrics, Albany Community Health Clinic, Ivinson Medical Group, the Downtown Clinic and Family Physicians of Laramie.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We encourage you to read these frequently asked questions to learn more about the vaccines, the safety and effectiveness, and who is eligible to receive one.

    Do you have questions for which you can’t find answers? Email UW’s COVID Vaccine Team at COVIDVX@uwyo.edu.

    Reporting your vaccination:

    UW Student Vaccination Reporting Incentive Program

    University of Wyoming students who report being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 have an opportunity to win a semester’s tuition and fees, along with other prizes including cash, a campus parking pass, pregame football sideline passes and dinner with President Ed Seidel.

    When: The student vaccination incentive program kicks off Monday, July 12, with $300 in cash as well as other prizes going out weekly until the sixth week of the fall semester Sept. 27.

    Grand prizes: Two winners of the grand prize, covering up to $4,500 in tuition and fees, will be drawn for the fall semester -- one the week of Aug. 23, the other the week of Sept. 27. Two more will be drawn before the end of the year for the spring semester. The $4,500 award would be reduced by any scholarship amount a student is awarded and is meant to cover only costs the student or family are obligated to pay out of pocket.

    In addition to the tuition and fee prizes, one winner will be selected each of those weeks for an “A” parking permit, which usually is only available to faculty and staff members -- and is valued at $210 annually.

    Weekly prizes: The weekly drawing starting July 12 will be for one winner who’ll receive $300 in cash, along with other prizes. Those include pregame field access passes for UW football games; Dining Dollar cards from UW Dining Services, each valued at $100; and Apple AirPods.

    Additionally, five students will each win the prize of a catered dinner with xx of their friends, President Seidel and his partner, Gabrielle Allen, at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. Also included will be catered dinners with Provost and Executive Vice President Kevin Carman, along with Associated Students of UW President Hunter Swilling.

    How to become eligible: While vaccinations are not required for UW students and employees -- instead, they’re strongly encouraged -- students should report their vaccinations once they’ve received them. The information is not being used for any other purpose, except to enter those who’ve reported their vaccinations into the drawing for prizes. The university’s privacy protocols are being followed.

    Students who receive their COVID-19 vaccinations should upload documentation to the Student Health Service patient portal. This is as simple as taking a photo of your vaccination document and uploading the picture to the UW patient portal, using your regular UW user ID and password. This is the same portal where students report their mandatory vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella.

    Additionally, students can report their vaccinations by emailing photos of their vaccination documents to Student Health at studenthealth@uwyo.edu.

    Only those students who submit their COVID-19 vaccination information to Student Health are eligible for the prize drawings. Students who submit proof of their first shots will be eligible for the weekly drawings; to win the tuition and fee prizes, students must have submitted proof of complete vaccination (for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, two doses).

    Winners must be enrolled at UW for the fall 2021 semester.

    Drawing details: Names will be drawn weekly from the total pool of students who’ve reported at least one shot. Students will not have the ability to win more than one prize.

    Winners will be notified by telephone and/or email and must respond within 48 hours, or a new person will be chosen.

    Where to get the vaccine: Students in the United States can go to the CDC Vaccines website and learn where COVID-19 vaccines are available. They can even narrow the search to look for a particular type (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) in up to a 50-mile radius of the zip code they enter.

    UW plans student vaccination clinics when the fall semester begins, but students are encouraged to receive the vaccines during the summer, if possible.

    Vaccine details: These vaccines are widely available –

    • Pfizer (approved for ages 12 and up), which requires two doses given at least 21 days apart.
    • Moderna (for ages 18 and up), which requires two doses given at least 28 days apart.
    • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (for ages 18 and up), which requires only one dose.

    For the two-dose vaccines, you need to receive two doses of the same type of vaccine to be considered fully immunized. Therefore, UW students outside Laramie who receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should make sure they’ve allowed enough time to receive both shots before coming to campus -- or, if necessary, to receive them once they’ve arrived.


    Why we need COVID-19 vaccines:

    COVID-19 infections can be a minor inconvenience, or they can lead to severe disease and death. Social distancing, handwashing and wearing your mask certainly help. However, the best way to stop this virus is to generate COVID-19-specific immunity within our community.

    We can achieve this immunity in one of two ways: through illness (natural herd immunity) or through vaccination. As illness leads to severe disease or death for many, a safe and effective vaccine is a much better alternative.

    About the vaccines:

    At this time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for vaccines developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

    Vaccine cost:

    There are no plans to charge UW employees or students who receive the vaccines, although the university may bill private insurance providers to cover the cost. 

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    Contact Us

    UW’s COVID-19 Response Team

    Phone: (307) 766-COVD

    Email: COVID19@uwyo.edu

    1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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