Update On Potential For COVID-19 Vaccine Access Later At TAMU, As Well As Ongoing Testing

February 4, 2021, 1:00 p.m. CST

Free COVID-19 testing continues at multiple locations on the Texas A&M University campus. Meanwhile, people who meet certain criteria can sign up for a vaccine at the Brazos County Community COVID-19 Vaccination Hub in Bryan.

Texas A&M officials are in daily discussions with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) about vaccine inventory. The state’s plans currently focus on distribution to centralized hubs across the state, including the community site in Bryan.

While we have done everything that we can to secure vaccines, we do not know when Texas A&M will receive enough for us to move aggressively into our Phase 1B and other populations. Population definitions can be found here. To date, A&M has received 1,175 vaccine doses, which have been distributed largely to our Phase 1A population of faculty, student and staff colleagues working in clinics.

We recommend that you check the websites of your local provider, pharmacy, county hub or hospital to see if they have the COVID-19 vaccine available and if any appointments are available.

Here is where you can check on availability of the vaccine, and here is where you can sign up for the Brazos County Community COVID-19 vaccination.

As we receive more vaccine supplies, we are preparing to begin distributing them according to the phased approach outlined by the DSHS; the distribution plan for Texas can be accessed here.

A few items to note:

  • Currently, DSHS’s plan does not prioritize university instructors teaching face-to-face courses. We will modify our plan if and when the state modifies its plan.
  • Once those within our TAMU 1A population are vaccinated then we will move efforts to our TAMU 1B population and so on, as directed by the State’s phased distribution plan.
  • We must be flexible in our distribution plan as we do not know the type(s) of vaccine, quantity of doses, when we may receive them, and many other factors.
  • We have deliberately not started a registration list to avoid the false impression that we have large supplies of vaccine to distribute. However, we are prepared to move forward if and when we receive vaccine to distribute.
  • It can take at least two weeks after your second dose for the vaccine to have its full impact on your body and its stated efficacy level. It’s not yet known if you can continue to spread the virus after a successful vaccination, therefore, you should not change your COVID-19-related safety behaviors after vaccination.
  • Physical distancing, wearing a mask and handwashing must be continued.

We understand the frustration over the delay in vaccine deliveries. This is a sentiment felt across the country as demand well exceeds current supplies. We will continue to work with DSHS to expedite shipments, and we will do everything in our power to get our campus community and local community vaccinated as quickly as possible once we have the necessary inventory.

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