Forward Together Update

Dear Panther Community,

We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. It’s your strongest line of defense against COVID-19. A CDC study has recently found:

  • Unvaccinated persons have 5X more COVID-19 infections  than fully vaccinated persons.

  • Unvaccinated persons have 29X more COVID-19 hospitalizations than fully vaccinated persons.

The vaccines are readily available, including at the Student Health Clinic. Students who are fully vaccinated can receive a $25 UNI Bookstore gift card. If you are looking for a vaccine off-campus, search, text your ZIP code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

Free At-home Testing

For those interested in doing surveillance testing, we recommend using the free Test Iowa kit. It’s not only available at the Student Health Center but you can request test kits be sent to your home at no cost to you. 

This is a self-administered saliva test. The kit includes step-by-step instructions, including how to return it, and you should receive your results by email within 2-4 days. 

Rapid testing through the Student Health Clinic is available by appointment. Please call 319-273-2100 to schedule.  There may be a copay or other cost associated with this type of testing. Test results will be provided by the Student Health Center along with resources and medical advice usually by the end of the day.

Complete the Panther Health Survey

The university is continuing to use the Panther Health Survey to assist those who are:

  • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status);

  • Have been exposed to COVID-19 and are unvaccinated; or

  • Need to access COVID-19 leave.

If you fall into any of these categories please complete the survey as it helps provide relevant campus support services to those impacted by COVID-19, supports our cleaning and disinfecting efforts, and allows students to receive alternative class assignments.

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,

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