Section 4: Vaccination and Booster Information for the U of A Community

Vaccination Overview

Vaccination and booster appointments are available on campus at Pat Walker Health Center, as well as off campus at one of the many pharmacies and providers across the region. 

To schedule an appointment on campus, please call Pat Walker Health Center: 575-4451, option 1 or schedule online using the Pat Walker Health Center patient portal.

The Arkansas Department of Health also offers a complete list of pharmacies and vaccine clinics across the state, as well as a toll-free hotline at 1-800-985-6030.

All Eligible

All members of the campus community are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and/or booster dose.

Vaccination Not Required, But Strongly Encouraged

While state law prohibits requiring COVID-19 vaccination at this time, the university strongly encourages  vaccination in order to support the safety of the campus work and learning environment, and our larger community.

Remember, COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory for university employees, so please respect any private medical decisions of your fellow employees.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to you with no out-of-pocket cost. However, the vaccine provider may bill your insurance for the vaccine administration fee to cover their cost of giving the vaccine to you. If you have no health insurance, you will not be billed for the administration fee.

Where Can I Be Vaccinated?

Check with area pharmacies, providers and Pat Walker Health Center to schedule a vaccination appointment. More information about appointments is included later in this guide.

Who’s Eligible?

All members of the university community are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and booster dose.

Students, Faculty and Staff, Spouses, and Retirees

Vaccination opportunities continue for U of A students, faculty and staff members. Students and employees can make vaccination appointments on campus at Pat Walker Health Center.

Vaccination Appointments

Can I be Vaccinated On Campus?

University employees, students, and spouses of employees and students needing to get vaccinated can schedule an appointment at Pat Walker Health Center by calling 575-4451, option 1 or online using the Pat Walker Health Center patient portal.  Appointments are required.

The health center offers the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines at no out-of-pocket cost; however, an administration fee may be charged to your insurance provider (if applicable).

Vaccination Opportunities Readily Available Off-Campus

Vaccination appointments are available at multiple participating pharmacies and providers across the region. Please schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

To schedule an appointment at one of the many off-campus clinics see the NWA Council Calendar. The Arkansas Department of Health also offers a complete list of pharmacies and vaccine clinics across the state, as well as a toll-free hotline at 1-800-985-6030. The line is answered Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Translation services are available.

Second Dose Details

Those vaccinated with a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will receive information about their second vaccine dose when they receive their initial dose. In addition to required identification, those receiving a second dose of the vaccine must bring their first dose confirmation card as well.

Fully Vaccinated vs. Up To Date

The CDC considers people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen).

You are considered up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines after you have received your full vaccine series plus the recommended booster(s).

Booster & Additional Dose Details

The CDC’s Vaccine Booster resource provides details about booster recommendations as well as general booster information. The following information may also be helpful:

  • If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, you may get a booster after at least six months from when you completed your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
  • If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should get a booster at least two months after your shot.
  • Third dose - Immunocompromised individuals can receive a Pfizer or Moderna third dose.  Third dose should be scheduled at least 28 days after the 2nd dose.
  • Please note: If you are immunocompromised and already received a 3rd dose of either the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine, you do NOT need a booster dose.  You are considered fully immunized for COVID-19.

Additionally, officials announced eligible individuals can choose which COVID-19 vaccine they receive as a booster dose as CDC's recommendations now allows for mix and match dosing for booster shots.

If I Have an Appointment, Can I Also Bring My Spouse?

University students and employees, and their spouses, and university retirees may receive the vaccine on campus. Appointments are required. Family members who are not spouses of employees or students are not eligible for vaccination opportunities offered through the university.

Who Do I Ask if I have Questions About This Process?

If you have questions or need further information regarding the vaccination process or anything pertaining to COVID response, please contact hrassist@uark.edu.