Updated October 9, 2023
Updated 2023-24 COVID-19 vaccines have arrived at Student Health Services! Current
WSU faculty, staff and students — make your appointment now
, while supplies last! See below for info!
The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) ended on May 11, 2023. While the COVID-19 virus is not gone, public health conditions have improved to a point where COVID is effectively being self-managed. Federal and state government funded healthcare for COVID-19 will end.
What does this mean?
Beginning May 12, 2023, Student Health Services (SHS) will no longer support free COVID-19 walk-in testing or vaccinations for the WSU community. While on-campus COVID-19 support services will still be available, patients may become financially responsible for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations that were previously fully covered by federal/state funding during the PHE.
Who should receive the 2023-2024 Covid-19 Vaccination?
- Everyone 6 months and older is recommended to receive one dose of updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.
- The new COVID-19 vaccine formula targets the variants that are currently circulating in the United States.
Who is eligible for the Flu and COVID-19 vaccines at Student Health Services?
- Ages 18 and over
- Currently enrolled WSU students
- Current WSU employees
- Must be at least 10 days past a positive COVID test or COVID-19/influenza-like symptoms.
How to get your 2023-2024 Covid-19 vaccination?
- Appointments are required. Call 316-978-4792 to schedule.
- Bring your current health insurance card to use your possible free immunization benefits. If SHS is considered out of network with your insurance, you may have out-of-pocket costs.
- Allow 15 minutes to sit and wait after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.
How much do the vaccinations cost?
- Flu Vaccines – $25, plus administration fee
- 2023-24 COVID booster vaccine – Pfizer Comirnaty – $125, plus administration fee
What if I don't have insurance?
- Other COVID-19 vaccination locations in Wichita Community: vaccines.gov/search
- If you are uninsured, underinsured, or need alternative place to use your health insurance, when setting up your search for a vaccine provider, make sure to click the box for “Bridge Access Program Participant” while searching for a vaccine using this site. This program provides no-cost COVID-19 vaccines to adults without health insurance and adults whose insurance does not cover all COVID-19 vaccine costs. There are 19 pharmacies or health departments in the Wichita area that are authorized participants of this program.
- Free and asymptomatic walk-in testing for COVID-19 will no longer be provided at SHS.
- Free and symptomatic by appointment testing for COVID-19 may be provided by WSU Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (MDL), while CARES funding and supplies last. While this option is still in effect, free Covid testing can still be obtained through Student Health, by appointment only.
- Symptomatic testing for COVID-19 requires an illness appointment with the SHS providers and is no longer free. Insurance or
other means of payment are accepted.
- WSU students: will continue to have the same access to appointments at Student Health Services and can use their personal health insurance benefits or pay for services by other means. Uninsured students will have access to lower cost services.
- WSU Faculty and Staff: will have access to appointments through the NEW Student Health Services Faculty/Staff Acute Care Clinic. For appointment eligibility and payment information.
To access this testing:
- You must first register for testing through the MDL patient portal and create a username and password. If you have tested with Student Health Services before and already have an account, log in to your account to get your testing code. Print or take a screenshot of your testing code and bring it and your myWSU ID. If you do not have your testing code, you will be asked to step out of the line to complete the registration process.
- As a reminder, do not eat, drink any liquids or brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes before you test.