Student and Academic Life

What You Need to Know About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Available to Students

Mark Cornelison | UKphoto
Mark Cornelison | UKphoto

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2021) — Hey Wildcats! There is now another COVID-19 vaccine option for University of Kentucky students. Starting Tuesday, April 6, UK students have the opportunity to receive the one-shot Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine on the UK campus from Wild Health. This is in addition to the vaccine available at Kroger Field, through the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Here is a list of everything you need to know.


  • The J&J vaccine will be available, while supplies last, at the Wild Health COVID-19 testing — locations at the Gatton Student Center and at K-Lair, located in Haggin Hall. It will not be available at the Kroger Field Vaccine Clinic.
  • The J&J vaccine is one-shot only.
  • Making an appointment in advance is preferred, however, walk-ups can be accommodated but the process may take longer since you will be registered on site. To make an appointment, visit this website.  Hours are as follows:
    • The Blue Box Theater in the Gatton Student Center (walk-up): 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday   
    • K-Lair, located in Haggin Hall on central campus (walk-up): 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday   
  • If you already plan on getting a COVID-19 test, we encourage you to consider receiving a J&J vaccine while you’re there and upon completing your test.
  • Bring your student ID.
  • You must be 18 or older to receive the J&J vaccine.


  • The Kroger Field Vaccine Clinic continues to be operational. If you would prefer to receive your vaccination (currently administering Pfizer vaccine) at this location, you can register here.
  • If you have already registered and want to keep your appointment, you do not need to change anything. Please plan on coming to Kroger Field at your scheduled time.
  • If you have signed up to be vaccinated at Kroger Field but would prefer the J&J vaccine instead, please cancel your Kroger Field appointment. Do that here and use your unique access code that was sent to the email you used in your vaccine request form. You can also let us know at the time you receive your J&J vaccine.

If you have any questions, contact our team at or 859-218-0111. You can also visit our student vaccine webpage for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

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