Vaccine


Phase: 5

Vaccine Distribution Status
Phases 5 began March 29
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Vaccine Signup

Select the buttons below to find upcoming vaccine appointment information through Lawrence-Douglas County Health and on campus appointments through KU.
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KU Vaccine News Update 3/25/21:
KU's School of Pharmacy is assisting with on-campus vaccine distribution.

General Information

The University of Kansas continues to partner with Lawrence-Douglas County Health to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We are currently working closely with the county as they coordinate with the State of Kansas on vaccine distribution.

The state’s plan details five phases for vaccine distribution. KU will adhere to the guidance of the county and state with regards to vaccine distribution.

All KU Employees and Students are Now Eligible Under State Guidance

Kansas moved into Phase 5 of vaccine distribution on March 29. That means anyone over the age of 16 is eligible for the vaccine. On April 9, Douglas County public health officials transitioned away from a previously used vaccine interest form, instead allowing those 16 and older to sign up for appointments directly.

Registration for all vaccine clinics through Douglas County is open to the public, and those 16 and older may sign up for appointments by visiting the Douglas County vaccine website. General COVID-19 and vaccine information is also available on the Douglas County coronavirus response website. Initial appointments offered availability during the afternoon and early evening hours.

Anyone who filled out the vaccine interest form before April 9 should receive a notification about how to sign up for future appointments.
You may also check to see if any doses are available through the KU distribution process by visiting KU’s vaccine appointment portal.

Members of the KU community who have already received a dose of the vaccine may notify us that they no longer need a COVID-19 vaccine by completing the initial screening questions through KU’s vaccine portal.

You can find alternative vaccine distribution options, including pharmacies and non-profit locations, at the CDC's Vaccine Finder website.

Establishing Vaccine Priority

KU officials, in consultation with Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, determined an initial priority list of about 2,000 faculty and staff on the Lawrence campus. The university prioritized its distribution list based on three main categories: continuity of education, continuity of research and continuity of operations.

The university is now offering appointments as they become available to anyone with a KU email address, including faculty, staff, and students.
Students and employees will receive a notification from the Protect@ku.edu when it is time to set an appointment. Vaccines will be distributed through Watkins Health Services on the KU campus. In late March and early April, on-campus vaccination will transition from Watkins Health Services to KU's School of Pharmacy.

Vaccine Supply

State and local public health officials determine vaccine distribution based on the state’s vaccine priority plan. University employees will receive vaccine supply from community partners. The number of available doses will vary from week to week. Our partners are limited by the allocations of vaccines that they receive from state health officials and the federal government. 

KU Vaccine Distribution Data Available at the Protect KU Dashboard

The number of doses available to KU and the type of vaccine (Pfizer vs. Johnson & Johnson vs. Moderna) may change from week to week based on the allocations received from county and community partners. Information about the number of doses distributed each week at KU, along with the type of vaccine distributed, will be posted weekly on Tuesdays at KU’s COVID-19 dashboard, which also includes information about KU COVID-19 testing results.

Employees Should Take the First Vaccine Available

Even with an on-campus vaccine opportunity available for faculty, staff, and students, members of the KU community should continue to pursue vaccines as recommended through county health authorities and community pharmacies. Members of the KU community should take the first available vaccine that is offered to them.

Members of the KU community who live, work, and/or receive their healthcare in Douglas County should visit the Douglas County vaccine website to sign up. General COVID-19 and vaccine information is available on the Douglas County coronavirus response website

You can find alternative vaccine distribution options, including pharmacies and non-profit locations, at the CDC's Vaccine Finder website.

 


We will continue updating this page as more information becomes available.