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UW survey finds 66% of students, 88% of employees vaccinated against COVID-19

“UWPD Sgt. Chad Bade receives the COVID-19 vaccine from Ryan Kiser, Albany County Public Health nurse manager, at UW’s Mountain View Medical Park building.” (UW Photo)

CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming said on Monday that an anonymous survey that reached 7,082 students and 2,102 employees found that 66% of students and 88% of employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

4,469 students and 1,846 UW employees said they have been vaccinated in the anonymous survey.

“The number of students who reported in the anonymous survey that they’ve been vaccinated continues to be larger than the number who’ve reported individually through the Student Health Service patient portal, but the gap is shrinking,” UW said.

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As of Monday, 4,144 students had reported receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on UW’s Student Health Services portal. That is up from 3,727 on August 23.

76% of UW’s benefited employees have reported through the university’s Human Capital Management system that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 56% of nonbenefitted employees, which includes some students, have reported receiving at least one dose.

“Students and employees are encouraged to report their individual vaccinations so that the university can track overall numbers,” UW said. “The information is not being used for any other purpose, except to enter those who’ve reported their vaccinations into drawings for prizes. The university’s privacy protocols are being followed.”

“Students who receive their COVID-19 vaccinations should upload documentation to the Student Health Service patient portal by taking photos of their vaccination documents and uploading the pictures here: http://patientportal.uwyo.edu, using their regular UW user ID and password. Alternatively, students can report their vaccinations by emailing photos of their vaccination documents to Student Health at studenthealth@uwyo.edu.”

Employees can check a reference guide for help on how to report vaccinations within UW’s HCM.

UW is “highly encouraging” but not mandating a COVID-19 vaccine for faculty, staff and students.

“Vaccines are widely available for free in the community, including the Pfizer vaccine, which has received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration for those 16 and older,” UW said. “The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines also have been proven to be highly effective and safe.”

“COVID-19 vaccines are available for free at Walmart, Walgreens, Pole Mountain Pharmacy, Ridley’s, Stitches Acute Care, Laramie Pediatrics, Albany Community Health Clinic, Ivinson Medical Group, the Downtown Clinic and Family Physicians of Laramie.”

UW is also offering a vaccination incentive program for both students and employees with weekly drawings for prizes through at least the week of September 27.

“To be eligible for the drawings, students must report their vaccinations to the Student Health Service portal and employees to the HCM,” UW said. “The latest statistics on UW’s current COVID case numbers and vaccinations will continue to be available at www.uwyo.edu/alerts/campus-return/covid-dashboard.html.”

“More information about UW’s COVID-19 response can be found at www.uwyo.edu/campus-return, which is being updated as information becomes available. Those with questions about testing and other COVID-19 issues may call (307) 766-COVD (2683) or email COVID19@uwyo.edu. Questions specifically about the vaccine should be emailed to COVIDVX@uwyo.edu. A UW vaccine webpage has been established at www.uwyo.edu/alerts/campus-return/vaccination.”

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.