COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Vaccination is vital to the country’s efforts to bring the pandemic to an end. Vaccines have proven to be safe and effective with no evidence of any long-term side-effects. They continue to be highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death.

Texas State University offers Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on the San Marcos and Round Rock Campuses. Vaccinations are provided at no cost to the individual.

Appointments for Vaccinations

Current Faculty, Staff and Students may schedule an appointment for any vaccination (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Booster doses) at the Student Health Center by calling 512.245.2161.

Student Posing with a COVID-19 vaccine sticker

Booster Dose Vaccinations

Individuals 12 and older who have received two doses of Pfizer are eligible for any booster shot administered at least 5 months after their initial series.  Persons 50 and older are eligible for a second booster shot administered at least 4 months after the first booster.

Individuals 18 and older who have received two doses of Moderna are eligible for any booster shot at least 5 months after their initial series.  Persons 50 and older are eligible for a second booster shot administered at least 4 months after the first booster.

Individuals 12 and older with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are advised to get a 3rd dose of Pfizer at least 28 days after the initial series of the same vaccine. Individuals 18 and older may get either Pfizer or Moderna as a 3rd dose at least 28 days after the initial series of the same vaccine.  A booster dose (4th dose) of mRNA vaccine is recommended at least 3 months after the 3rd dose of Pfizer or Moderna. A second booster dose (5th dose) of mRNA vaccine is recommended at least 4 months after the first booster.

Johnson & Johnson:

Individuals 18 and older who have received one dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for any booster administered at least 2 months after their first dose.  Persons 50 and older are eligible for a second booster shot administered at least 4 months after the first booster.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Faculty, staff or students wanting to be vaccinated on campus can call the Student Health Center at 512.245.2161 to schedule an appointment. Vaccinations are available Monday – Friday at the Student Health Center.

    Email announcements will be sent to the university community when additional mass vaccination events are scheduled during the Fall semester. The e-mail will include a vaccination registration link to reserve a date and time for vaccination.

  • Yes.

    Vaccines authorized or approved for use in the United States must adhere to strict standards for safety. Vaccine manufacturers must provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with information on the vaccine’s effectiveness and safety, typically based on results from thousands of patients participating in clinical trials. The FDA reviews the information and issues an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a vaccine if it has demonstrated its effectiveness and safety. Then, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which includes medical and public health experts, reviews the clinical data on the vaccine’s effectiveness and safety before determining whether to recommend the use of the vaccine. 

    The ACIP has recommended the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines. The FDA and CDC continue to monitor safety and long-term side effects.

  • None of the currently authorized vaccines are 100% effective in preventing infection.

    They are all slightly less effective in preventing infection against the Delta variant, but still highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death.

    Breakthrough infections can occur in fully vaccinated persons, but they are likely to cause milder symptoms and are less likely to spread to others. 

    Vaccinated persons with breakthrough infections must still isolate for 10 days and close contacts must quarantine for 7 days with testing or 10 days without testing. Fully vaccinated persons exposed to a positive case do not have to quarantine or test unless they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Yes, the CDC recommends that persons who have been previously infected with COVID-19 get vaccinated.

    It is unclear how long the natural immunity that develops after infection lasts. Because it is rare that a person infected with COVID-19 will be reinfected within 90 days due to their natural immunity, they can wait up to 90 days before getting vaccinated.

  • Most of the COVID-19 vaccines will require two doses to produce the optimum immune response and protection. Early data indicates that one dose of vaccine does not produce the optimum immune response and it is unclear how long immunity will last.

    As of Thursday, October 21, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control has shared, "For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago." (CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots Media Statement)

  • Yes, even after completing the COVID-19 vaccine series, the use of face masks and social distancing should be continued.

    While the vaccination may prevent you from developing serious illness, it is unclear whether it prevents you from spreading the infection. The CDC and other medical experts will continue to assess the effect of vaccination on illness and spread.

  • No, COVID-19 vaccination is not required to work at Texas State at this time.

    Vaccination is strongly recommended to protect yourself from developing serious illness due to COVID-19. It may also help decrease the spread of the infection to others.

    Studies continue to assess all the potential benefits of vaccination.

  • No, COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend classes at Texas State at this time.

    Vaccination is strongly recommended to protect yourself from developing serious illness due to COVID-19. It may also help decrease the spread of infection to others.

    Studies continue to assess all the potential benefits of vaccination.

  • For other questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, check Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC.

    Note:  Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

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