Forward Together Update

Dear Panther Community,

There are some important updates this week on the availability of free COVID-19 tests kits, masks, vaccination clinics, and communications on campus.  

Free COVID test kits

Test Iowa allows you to request up to 5 free State Hygienic Lab test kits be mailed to you or you can get one at a local pick-up site. The Student Health Center (SHC) on campus also has a supply in their lobby.

Up to four free rapid antigen at-home tests per household from the federal government can be ordered online. Students residing in UNI dorms, or those who have internet access issues or need assistance, may call 1-800-232-0233.

Although we encourage you to take advantage of free options first, your health insurance may also cover the cost of test kits. Employees enrolled in UNI’s self-insured health plans should watch their inboxes for further information. Employees who have a remaining balance in a health flexible spending account can use those dollars to be reimbursed for COVID-19 test kits paid for out-of-pocket. 

Please consult your primary care provider or contact the SHC when experiencing symptoms, or when you have been exposed to COVID-19 to determine if and when you should be tested. To be tested on campus, call the SHC COVID phone line at 319-273-2100 to speak with a nurse. 

Free N95 masks

The federal government has announced it is providing N95 masks for free at community health centers and participating pharmacies. You can find a list of participating pharmacies online.

Campus vaccination clinics

The SHC is offering free vaccination clinics each week on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Individuals can receive a booster or an initial dose of COVID-19 vaccine, call 319-273-2100 to schedule an appointment. 

Updated communications

Due to the spread of Omicron throughout our community, and the ongoing "high" transmission level classification designated by the Black Hawk County Health Department, UNI will be posting new digital information and building flyers throughout campus. 


If you are sick, stay home and complete the Panther Health Survey. Isolating yourself when you have COVID-19, cold or flu symptoms is an important part of protecting our campus. 

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. Your proactive efforts make a difference, which helps immensely in ensuring a successful spring semester.

Stay Well,

John Vallentine,
Associate Provost for Faculty

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