COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now advising specific populations to get a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine if they have been fully vaccinated.

Who is eligible?

If you are fully vaccinated with either Pfizer or Moderna, the following populations are eligible for a booster shot:

  • Those 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings (This includes ALL Kirkwood faculty and staff)
  • Age 18+ with underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care or high-risk settings

If you are vaccinated with a Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

  • Age 18+ (This includes ALL Kirkwood students, faculty, and staff)

When are you eligible?

  • At least 6 months after both Pfizer or Moderna shots
  • At least 2 months after Johnson & Johnson shot

Which booster shot should you get?

  • You can get any booster shot

For more information, go to To find a booster shot near you, or to get vaccinated, go to


Kirkwood has always been a community that prides itself on working together to achieve our goals, and our response to COVID-19 has been no different. It is important that we all do our part. 

There are a few simple steps we all can take to help make this academic year productive. It takes all of us working together to keep our campus community safe:

  1. You are requested to wear a facemask inside campus buildings. The college is asking that individuals wear a mask when in groups in enclosed spaces for longer periods of time regardless of vaccination status. Disposable masks are readily available throughout the campus.
  2. Get vaccinated. This is the most helpful thing you can do to protect yourself, your friends, and co-workers and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are readily available, safe, and highly effective. Vaccines are available for free in many locations.
  3. Stay home if you are sick. This is especially true if you have a fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or other symptoms of illness.
  4. Get tested if you have COVID symptoms. Testing is readily available through Test Iowa, local health care providers, and many local pharmacies.

If you are exposed to someone who has or may have COVID-19:

If you are vaccinated:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, you should quarantine and get tested.
  • If you do not have symptoms, you do not have to quarantine. However, we request that you wear a facemask on campus at all times and monitor your symptoms for 14 days. You also should consider getting tested for COVID-19 after three days of your exposure. More information on COVID-19 testing availability is can be found here.

If you are not yet fully vaccinated:

  • Contact the COVID-19 Hotline.
  • If you have symptoms, you should stay away from campus and get tested.

Notifying the college if you have COVID-19 or have been exposed:
As the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted, Kirkwood is no longer providing contact tracing for the campus community. If you test positive or need to quarantine according to CDC guidance, it’s your responsibility to contact the COVID-19 Hotline as well as your instructors and/or your supervisor and make arrangements for class or work.

If you have questions or need assistance:
Our COVID-19 hotline team is available to answer questions about Kirkwood policies and procedures and campus and community resources. If you have questions, please contact the COVID-19 hotline at or by calling 319-784-1650.