Students may sign up now to get COVID-19 vaccine

UWO Dean of Students Art Munin | April 1, 2021

If you haven’t already heard, we have some exciting news for you: All UW Oshkosh students ages 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines beginning Monday, April 5.

Wisconsin has had great success getting residents vaccinated and Gov. Evers announced Tuesday that eligibility is opening up to all residents 16 and older.

While everyone in this group is eligible for vaccine starting Monday, that doesn’t mean every site will have vaccine available. Vaccination centers are instructed to meet the needs of existing eligibility groups before opening up to new groups.

You can sign up to get the vaccine right on the Oshkosh campus. Sign up opens at 3 p.m. every Friday for appointments scheduled for the following week. Simply fill out the form on the Titans Return website: https://uwosh.edu/titans-return/vaccination/  to request an appointment. You also can access the form by visiting the UW Oshkosh homepage and clicking on “Vaccination Information.”

Vaccinations take place at Culver Family Welcome Center, 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh. Vaccinations are by appointment only. No walk-ins are allowed.

There are a number of vaccination sites in our region. For up-to-date lists of available sites, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services page. DHS also has a handy provider map pinpointing vaccination centers around the state. You can sign up directly at the site most convenient for you.

Don’t wait to sign up. Most available vaccine requires two doses. That means you will need a second shot three weeks after your first shot. Signing up now means you can complete both shots before the semester ends on May 14.

This is the moment we have been waiting for. Vaccinations will help protect ourselves, our families and our community and help our campuses fully open and offer activities safely in the fall. Even those at low risk can still carry and transmit the virus to others. Getting vaccinated can help us stem the spread and move toward herd immunity. With graduation a mere six weeks away, getting the vaccine now will help ensure safety at the ceremonies on May 15.

Those who have received vaccine and have filled out this vaccination report form will be exempted from COVID-19 testing. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms please continue to be tested.

While you are waiting for your vaccine appointment, just a note about masks. Masks remain required on UWO’s three campuses. This has not changed and is not expected to change anytime soon.

There are many good reasons to sign up for the shot. Whatever your reason, sign up today.