Forward Together Update

Dear Panther Community,

Vaccines, including boosters, remain the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 and to slow the spread in our community. The CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes a booster dose.

Increasing Vaccine Effectiveness from
82% to 97%

A CDC study found that boosters increased vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization among adults without and with immunocompromising conditions, from 82% to 97% and from 69% to 88%, respectively.

Higher Risk of Infection

Adults who were unvaccinated had a 5x higher risk of infection compared with adults who were fully vaccinated with a booster according to another CDC study.

Getting your booster is easy. The Student Health Clinic will be offering COVID-19 vaccines throughout the spring 2022 semester on Wednesday afternoons from 1 - 3 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 9 - 11 a.m. Please call the COVID-19 phone line at 319-273-2100 to set up an appointment. To locate a vaccine off campus, visit to find vaccination providers near you. 

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,

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