New changes to student health services’ COVID-19 testing and vaccinations


Mia Hennen

Wichita State has begin transitioning campus, website, and student healthcare services to reflect national changes regarding COVID-19 safety. Signage promoting social distancing, mask-wearing, and hygiene will be gradually removed from campus.

As of May 11, the CDC declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a public health emergency. Due to this, federal and state funding of COVID health care will end. 

In response to this announcement, Wichita State’s Student Health Services (SHS) will no longer support free COVID-19 walk-in testing or vaccinations. Students will become responsible for fees that were previously covered during the public health emergency. 

SHS will offer vaccinations by appointment Thursdays 1-4 p.m. while supplies last. They recommend calling ahead to be sure vaccinations are available.

Symptomatic testing will require an appointment and will no longer be free, though insurance is accepted. Insured students will have the same access to appointments, and uninsured students will have access to lower-cost services. 

Before arriving for testing, registration through the MDL portal is required. After registering, a testing code will be provided. The testing code and a WSU student ID must be provided at the appointment.