Forward Together Update

Dear Panther Community,

Thanks to everyone who completed the vaccine survey last week! Your responses helped immensely as we plan for on-campus vaccination clinics, something we hope to communicate specifics about very soon. 

All Iowans age 16 and above are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Those age 16-17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. Those age 18 and older can receive the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which are all considered safe and effective.

We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, whether the UNI survey was completed or not, and as soon as they're able to do so. Additional vaccine locations are available at the state's vaccine finder.

Remember wearing masks, remaining physically distanced, using the Panther Health survey and getting tested are vital to help slow the spread of COVID-19. On Monday, Cedar Falls extended their mask mandate and Waterloo's remains in effect.

CDC Travel Guidelines

Besides the personal and community health benefits of getting vaccinated, new guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control on Friday highlight some of the others. Fully vaccinated individuals can now travel within the United States without needing to undergo COVID-19 testing or quarantine. Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow public health guidelines like wearing masks.

Panther Health Survey

As you may have noticed in other messages this spring, the Panther Health survey remains an important tool to protect yourself and our campus community. The survey has been updated and expanded in recent weeks to account for vaccinations and the latest CDC guidelines.

We encourage everyone to complete this survey daily.

If you have a question, please visit or email it to Thanks for all that you do to keep yourself, your family and the Panther community safe. 

Stay Well,

John Vallentine,
Associate Provost for Faculty

Joseph Rayzor,
Director of Risk Management, Environmental Health and Safety