The best way each of us can do our part to protect ourselves and each other and fight the pandemic is to get vaccinated. KU strongly recommends that all students, faculty and staff get vaccinated as soon as possible if they have not already done so. Current research shows the vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19.
Vaccines are widely available at no cost for those 12 and older in Douglas County and elsewhere. Information about upcoming clinics is available through Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, which will begin offering walk-in appointments next week. The federal government has established a Vaccine website that also can help you find a vaccine location near you.
It is recommended that members of our community get vaccinated before returning to campus this fall, and KU is also offering ample opportunities for students to get vaccinated before and at the start of the semester.
Members of the KU community may also set a vaccine appointment through Watkins Health Services, which has both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson doses available. Students may call 785-864-9507 or schedule an appointment through their secure patient portal.
KU will also offer a vaccine clinic specially for our international student population, along with a number of walk-in vaccine opportunities for all students as the semester begins. Those walk-in clinic dates, times and locations are:
- Aug. 21, noon to 2 p.m., Watkins Health Services building
- Aug. 23 to 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Level 4 of the Kansas Union, Traditions Area
- Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lobby, Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center
KU encourages students who have completed their vaccination series to upload their information to the Watkins Patient Portal. Students can expect to hear additional information about incentives to complete vaccinations as we approach the fall semester.
Booster or "Supplemental Doses"
Watkins Health Services is not providing COVID-19 booster shots or "supplemental doses" for people who have already been fully vaccinated. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control has not recommended additional vaccinations for those who already have received the full Johnson & Johnson (one shot), Moderna (two shots) or Pfizer (two shots) vaccine.