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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. Unvaccinated persons are much more likely to be hospitalized than fully vaccinated persons and account for about 99% of those dying from COVID-19. While some “breakthrough” infections have occurred in fully vaccinated persons, very few are hospitalized and less than 1% of COVID-19 deaths occur in fully vaccinated persons.

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, and 3rd doses) at the Student Health Center by calling 512.245.2161.

Vaccination Events

ROUND ROCK CAMPUS

  • No Events Planned for the Month 

SAN MARCOS CAMPUS

  • No Events Planned for the Month
Student Posing with a COVID-19 vaccine sticker

Booster Dose Vaccinations

Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna:

Individuals who have received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for any booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series if:

  • 65 and older
  • 18 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase risk for severe COVID-19
  • 18 and older who work in occupational settings that increase risk of exposure to COVID-19 such as healthcare, education and childcare

Individuals 18 and older with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are advised to get a 3rd dose of Pfizer or Moderna at 28 days or more after the initial series of the same vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson:

Individuals 18 and older who have received one dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for any booster at 2 months or more after their first dose.

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.

  • Persons who have completed two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson are eligible for a booster vaccination. The CDC is allowing persons to mix vaccines. So, any of the available vaccines may be used as a booster regardless of the vaccine used initially.


    Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna:

    Individuals who have received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for any booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series if:

    • 65 and older
    • 18 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase risk for severe COVID-19
    • 18 and older who work in occupational settings that increase risk of exposure to COVID-19 such as healthcare, education and childcare

    Individuals 18 and older with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are advised to get a 3rd dose of Pfizer or Moderna at 28 days or more after the initial series of the same vaccine.

    Johnson & Johnson:

    Individuals 18 and older who have received one dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for any booster at 2 months or more after their first dose.

    Information on third doses, or "booster," vaccinations will be updated as new information becomes available.

  • 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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