Cyclones Care promotes behaviors to protect your health and the well-being of the Iowa State University community. One of the best ways to do that is to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For the 2021-22 academic year, university leaders are asking all Cyclones to take responsibility for their own health and show they care with four simple behaviors:  

  • Vaccinate  
  • Monitor your health  
  • Stay home if you’re ill 
  • Wash your hands often 


Get updates and learn more about local vaccination opportunities on Iowa State's COVID-19 Vaccination website.  

Vaccines help prevent deadly and dangerous diseases by safely working with the body's natural defenses to provide immunity. The university is following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Iowa Department of Public Health


The CDC has developed new COVID-19 Community Levels to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. The three levels – low, medium and high – are based on the number of hospital beds being used, hospital admissions and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. These data act as an early warning indicator of potential increases in health system strain in the event of a COVID-19 surge.

This link to the COVID-19 Community Levels allows you to check county level (Ames – Story County) and provides recommendations for masking and testing based on current level. For those in a low community level, wear a mask based on your personal preference and informed by your personal level of risk, the CDC states. People may choose to mask at any time. People should wear a mask if they have symptoms, a positive test or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Be respectful of others' choices and do not pressure anyone to wear, or not wear, a mask.

Required: Face masks are required on CyRide, at Thielen Student Health Center, in areas of the College of Veterinary Medicine where face masks are normally required. 

Cy mascot holding a sign that says "Vaccinated"