Update regarding potential for COVID-19 vaccine access at Texas A&M University

March 24, 2021, 5:00 p.m. CDT

Our best chance at recovering from this pandemic, protecting ourselves, protecting our loved ones and resuming some semblance of normalcy is through vaccination. Please, vaccinate as soon as you can schedule an appointment. 

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has recently announced that all adults are now eligible for the vaccine. Everyone 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine starting March 29. Most vaccines are authorized for people ages 18 and older; the FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use in people 16 and older.

Texas A&M continues communications with DSHS to receive additional vaccine inventory and has begun to receive more vaccination doses.

How to get the vaccine:

  • Student Health Services (SHS) is receiving doses that are available to students and employees, and you can schedule your appointment while supplies last.
  • SHS will have doses available for next week. Each time SHS receives additional supplies, we will send out emails to students and employees to notify them of the availability.
  • The Brazos County Community COVID-19 Vaccination Hub opens new appointment registration on Fridays at 10 a.m. for the following week. We recommend that you check that website frequently. For assistance with appointments and for general inquiries, call 979-703-1545. Call specialists are available at this number Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Individual providers are starting to see more vaccine allotments. We recommend that you check the Federal Vaccine Finder and State of Texas Vaccine Availability websites to determine COVID-19 vaccine availability in your area, your eligibility, and if any appointments are available.

As the different versions of the vaccine are currently approved only under a Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization, they currently cannot be required of employees or students. 

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. Currently, it is not known if you can continue to spread the virus after a successful vaccination. As such, you should not change your COVID-19-related safety behaviors after vaccination: Continue to physical distance, wear a mask and wash your hands.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccination plans at Texas A&M, email covidvaccine@tamu.edu