Section 4: Vaccination Information for the U of A Community

Vaccination Overview

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

To schedule an appointment on campus, please call the Pat Walker Health Center: 479-575-4451, option 1. Appointments are still required, and second-dose appointments will also be scheduled for convenience. 

To schedule an appointment at one of the many off-campus clinics, visit health.uark.edu/coronavirus/vaccine or 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 Arkansas Department of Health is guiding the implementation of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

All Arkansans Age 16 or Older Now Eligible

All Arkansans age 16 or older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Once you have secured a vaccination appointment, take a completed Vaccine Consent Form, health Insurance card (only required if you have insurance) and a driver's license or other form of photo identification with age verification.

If receiving a vaccination through an opportunity provided by the University of Arkansas, please also bring a university identification card. Employees should bring their U of A identification card or the individualized letter they received earlier this year from the chancellor (to confirm your affiliation with the university for opportunities designed for university-affiliated individuals).

Vaccination Not Required, But Strongly Encouraged

While the university does not require COVID-19 vaccination at this time, it is strongly encouraged that everyone consider receiving the vaccine as soon as they become eligible in order to support the safety of the campus work and learning environment, and our larger community.

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

If you choose to be vaccinated, it will be provided to you with no out-of-pocket cost. The U.S. government is providing the vaccine to all states at no cost, including Arkansas. So, the cost of the vaccine will not be billed. 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 the Pat Walker Health Center to schedule a vaccination appointment. More information about appointments is included later in this guide.

How Soon Can I Expect To Be Vaccinated?

It will likely take a few months to vaccinate all those who are eligible and wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as a part of the state’s vaccination plan.

While Arkansans age 16 or older can seek to be vaccinated at any participating pharmacy or provider, the university is working to help vaccinate as many employees and students as quickly as possible by providing vaccination appointments through the Pat Walker Health Center on campus.

Who’s Eligible?

All Arkansans age 16 or older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccination Opportunities for Students, Faculty and Staff

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

Many University of Arkansas employees and students have already been vaccinated through opportunities provided by the university while others have secured vaccination appointments on their own.

Vaccination Appointments

Can I be Vaccinated On Campus?

University employees and students needing to get vaccinated can schedule an appointment at the Pat Walker Health Center by calling 479-575-4451, option 1. Online scheduling is unavailable at this time. Appointments are still required, and second-dose appointments (if applicable) will also be scheduled for convenience.

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, visit health.uark.edu/coronavirus/vaccine or 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. Additional details will be communicated directly closer to the actual date of additional vaccination opportunities.

In addition to the other required identification and documentation listed earlier in this section, those receiving a second dose of the vaccine must bring their first dose confirmation card as well.

Those vaccinated with the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine only require one dose.

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

University students and employees, and their spouses may receive the vaccine on campus at this time. Appointments are required. Retirees and 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.