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COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing


  • Students can schedule a COVID-19 test at Thielen Student Health Center if they are experiencing symptoms. Testing is not available for individual pre-travel requirements, except for students participating in the Study Abroad program. Check for pre-travel and passenger testing availability at airports, pharmacies, clinics and Test Iowa at-home testing kits. Students can schedule a testing appointment online.
  • Employees should schedule an appointment through their primary care provider, local testing options or Test Iowa at-home testing kits. McFarland Clinic also has testing options available.
  • Thielen Student Health Center has at-home testing kits available for students, faculty and staff. Kits are also available at the Memorial Union and Union Drive Community Center. Test Iowa has now shifted testing to at-home. More information is available on the Thielen Student Health Center website.
  • A drive-thru testing clinic is available to students, faculty, staff and the Ames community. The clinic, a partnership between the university and Hy-Vee, offers both lab (free) and rapid ($119) PCR testing. It’s located in Lot F, west side of Stephens Auditorium. Hours are 9 am.-1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week, until further notice. Schedule your appointment (required) online.

If you test positive, use this flowchart for isolation guidance.

If you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive, use this flowchart for quarantine guidance.


At-Home Testing

Thielen Student Health Center has partnered with Test Iowa and is a COVID-19 At-Home Test pick up site. Patients are responsible for shipping the test to the State Hygienic Lab via UPS.

Test Iowa At-Home Pick Up Frequently Asked Questions

Students, faculty or staff may stop at the front desk at Thielen Student Health Center to pick up an at-home test kit. Medical masks are required inside the clinic. Kits come with instructions regarding sample collection and returning the kit. Thielen Student Health Center does not have access to these test results. Please call Test Iowa at 833-296-8378 for questions about the test kit or results. 

Thielen Student Health Center will schedule appointments for, and test as necessary, Iowa State University students that are showing signs of COVID-19. Please call 515-294-5801 to schedule an appointment to be seen. 


Iowa State strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Iowa Board of Regents announced in April that the regent universities will not mandate vaccinations for any student or employee for the 2021-22 academic year.

Update (Nov. 10, 2021): Board of Regents President Michael Richards has directed the regent institutions to make vaccination verification and accommodation systems available to all campus employees on a voluntary basis. Read more in his letter to the campus community. If you have questions, please access this COVID-19 Vaccination Verification FAQ.

Who’s eligible for a booster?

Anyone 18 years or older is now eligible for a booster shoot. If you received the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for your primary series, you must wait at least six months before getting a booster. If you received Johnson & Johnson as your primary vaccine, you must wait at least two months.

The CDC recommends all authorized vaccines for a booster, regardless of which one you received for your primary series.

Vaccination FAQ

Area and statewide vaccination information