IMPORTANT NOTICE: On May 11, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 to expire.
Starting May 12, the University Health Services student health center (formerly Student Health Services) will no longer provide services such as vaccinations or laboratory testing for COVID-19 to faculty and staff.
Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 bivalent vaccines are available for TAMU students. Schedule an appointment by visiting our Patient Portal.
While there is currently no charge for the COVID vaccine, the student health center will continue to charge a $15 administration fee* that will be filed to your insurance provider.
Items to Bring to your Appointment
Students should bring their TAMU ID, health insurance information, and vaccination form (listed under “COVID Vaccination Forms”) to their appointment. To expedite your appointment, you are encouraged to bring a completed copy of the vaccination form to your appointment and upload your insurance information to the Patient Portal in advance. If you are returning for an additional dose, remember to bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with you to your appointment.
- Antibody blood/serology test ($): available for a minimal charge at the student health center; determines the likelihood of a previous COVID-19 infection
- Nasal swab/PCR ($): self-collect nasal swab available for a minimal charge at the student health center; determines an active COVID-19 infection
|Test Type*||Student Price||Effective Date|
|COVID Spike Antibody||$65||05/12/23|
|COVID – PCR||$75||05/12/23|
|COVID – PCR / Influenza A&B||$75||05/12/23|
|COVID – PCR / Influenza A&B / RSV||$100||09/01/21|
Please contact Patient Services at (979) 458-8310 for more information. Insurance will be billed for these tests. Insurance may cover the cost in full. A UHS medical provider will follow up with the patient and assist in his/her care before and after results are available, and will be able to answer any questions the individual may have regarding COVID-19.
Results can take 36-48 hours during the week, but there may be a delay on tests done late in the day on Fridays. Results will be sent to you from a UHS medical provider via secure message on the Patient Portal.
The student health center is available for in-person and telemedicine appointments. Depending on your primary complaint, telemedicine may be available for you. Telemedicine enables you to consult a provider from home. Check with your health insurance provider, or visit the UHS Appointment page to schedule an appointment.
If you are a student enrolled in the TAMU Student Health Insurance plan, AcademicLiveCare is available for you (a medical visit copay may apply). The service key is ALC. To obtain the coupon/access code, please contact Patient Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any questions, please contact Patient Services at (979) 458-8310.
It is highly recommended that students continue to practice preventive actions to avoid illness. See below for recommended preventive actions:
- Get your COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot (when eligible). Vaccines are available at the UHS student health center for currently enrolled students. Schedule an appointment to receive your COVID-19 vaccine by visiting our Patient Portal.
- Practice physical distancing. Physical distancing means remaining out of congregate settings (crowded public places where close contact with others may occur), avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- It is highly recommended that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear masks when indoors or when physical distancing is not possible. Follow CDC guidelines regarding how to properly wear a face covering. Face coverings can help protect you and those around you.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid sharing food, beverages, and utensils.
- Avoid close contact with those who may be ill.
- Stay home when you are sick or have flu symptoms.
- Cover cough/sneeze with a tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces.
- Get your annual flu shot.
The COVID-19 vaccination is not required for students, faculty or staff. This voluntary vaccine is available to those who choose to receive it. The UHS student health center follows state and local health guidelines related to who is recommended to receive the vaccine.
It is highly encouraged to speak with your primary care provider prior to scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine, as every individual’s health care needs differ. During your appointment at our vaccination site, healthcare professionals will be administering the vaccines and available to answer any questions. Prior to the appointment, all individuals will fill out vaccine questionnaire which will be reviewed by staff. If at any time there may be a concern regarding an individual receiving the vaccine, it will be discussed with the individual during the appointment.
Academic HealthPlans is offering a Student Assistance Program (SAP) to all Texas A&M University System students, regardless if they are enrolled in the TAMU student health insurance plan. The SAP provides a 24/7 Care Center staffed by qualified and experienced professionals, life and wellbeing resources, and a variety of health/wellness resources and tools. Access the SAP here: myahpcare.personaladvantage.com/portal/welcome/sso. Company code is AHP1.
- Texas A&M University updates: covid.tamu.edu
- Brazos County Health District updates: brazoshealth.org
- Department of State Health Services updates: dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates: cdc.gov/coronavirus
- World Health Organization (WHO) updates: who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019