COVID-19 Vaccines

A UNMC student gives a fellow student a COVID-19 vaccine.

The University Health Center Pharmacy offers single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on a drop-in basis — no appointment needed.

Vaccinations are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Current UNL students, employees and their dependents are eligible to get vaccinated at the Pharmacy.

At this time, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only authorized for people 18 and older.

If you are 18, parental or guardian consent is required for vaccination. There are two ways you can show proof of consent:

If you are an existing University Health Center patient who has questions about the vaccines that you’d like to discuss with your health care provider before getting vaccinated, please send a message to a member of your care team through the Nebraska Medicine app or the One Chart | Patient desktop portal.

Other Ways to Get Vaccinated

There are many community resources that offer vaccination opportunities. People ages 12 and older qualify for COVID-19 vaccination through their county health department. If you live in Lancaster county, schedule through If you are a student, faculty or staff member with children between the ages of 12 and 18, please know that parental consent is required. Please check with your county to see how they are handling the parental consent process.

You can also schedule a COVID-19 vaccination through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Search for and schedule a vaccine appointment on

Common Questions

How can I get a copy of my vaccination card?

If you've already been vaccinated, you should have received a COVID-19 vaccination card at the time of your initial immunization. If you lose your card, you can also access your Nebraska vaccination records through the Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS). You can also call the Information Line, 402.444.3400, available 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. If you are having trouble accessing your vaccination records through NESIIS, please consult your vaccine provider for assistance. NESIIS also has a Help Line at 888.433.2510 or can be reached by email at (Note -- If you were vaccinated outside of Nebraska, you’ll need to contact that state or vaccine provider).

How much does the vaccine cost?

The COVID-19 vaccine is free to most citizens. Vaccine distributors can charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. However, in most cases, public and private insurance providers cover this cost. We are not billing patients for COVID-19 vaccines received at Nebraska Medicine locations, including the University Health Center, and we do not profit from COVID-19 vaccinations.

Why do we need COVID-19 vaccines?

COVID-19 infections can be a minor inconvenience, or they can lead to severe disease and death. Social distancing, handwashing and wearing your mask certainly help. However, the best way to stop this virus is to generate COVID-19-specific immunity within our community.

We can achieve this immunity in one of two ways: through illness (natural herd immunity) or through vaccination. Since illness leads to severe disease or death for many, a safe and effective vaccine is a much better alternative.

Use this calculator to assess your own COVID-19 mortality risk.

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Vaccine Education

Safety Information

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Side Effects

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Frequently Asked Questions

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