On-campus vaccination clinics available for UNK students, employees

KEARNEY – Two Rivers Public Health Department is partnering with the University of Nebraska at Kearney to offer a series of upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics for UNK students and employees.

The first opportunity to receive the vaccine is 5-8 p.m. Friday (Aug. 20) during the annual Blue and Gold Showcase on campus. Two Rivers will offer all three vaccine options – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – at the back-to-school celebration.

Vaccines will be administered near the UNK Student Health booth, in front of the Memorial Student Affairs Building. Those choosing the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will receive information regarding the second dose. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only a single dose.

There are additional on-campus options for UNK students and employees to receive either their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Clinics are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union atrium on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Sept. 16
  • Thursday, Oct. 7
  • Thursday, Oct. 28

Those interested in receiving the vaccine at any of the four on-campus clinics should register ahead of time at vaccinate.ne.gov. People under the age of 19 are asked to bring a written consent form from a parent or guardian. Those who have started a sequence of vaccinations elsewhere are asked to bring their immunization record from the previous vaccination.

Each appointment should take about 15 minutes. There is no cost.

Although it’s not required, UNK is strongly encouraging COVID-19 vaccination for students and employees to protect the campus and Kearney communities and support a return to normalcy.

“Getting vaccinated not only reduces your risk of severe illness and hospitalization, but it also contributes to the broader goal of a safer campus community,” said Wendy Schardt, director of UNK Student Health.

During the fall semester, unvaccinated students and employees who are exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine if they weren’t wearing a mask. Those who can show proof of vaccination will not be required to quarantine, although they’re expected to self-monitor for symptoms and report any changes to their health.

UNK Student Health will provide vaccinations for students and employees throughout the academic year. For more information, call 308-865-8218 or email unkhealth@unk.edu.