Current Vaccination Site Location: All Faiths Chapel
Important Information: When arriving for your appointment, enter through the doors closest to the ILSB building (south side of the chapel)
SHS is now providing a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines for TAMU students, faculty and staff. Those who are eligible must book online. Spaces are limited and SHS will offer more vaccination opportunities as we confirm our vaccine allocation each week. The vaccine vials must be used once they are opened for each batch of students, so it is important that students not miss or no-show for their chosen time.
Once your vaccination appointment is scheduled, SHS recommends that you fill out the appropriate vaccination forms prior to your appointment in order to minimize your wait time. These forms will also be available at the vaccination site if you are unable to fill them out in advance.
For updates regarding COVID vaccines and vaccine distribution within the state of Texas, please visit the Department of State Health Services website (https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine/). The University is following guidance provided by the DSHS, and any updates regarding vaccine availability at Texas A&M University can be found on the Texas A&M Coronavirus webpage (https://tamu.edu/coronavirus).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of individuals in the US have received the COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in US history. The CDC is recommending you receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.
The COVID-19 vaccination is not required for students, faculty or staff. This voluntary vaccine is available to those who choose to receive it. SHS follows state and local health guidelines related to who is recommended to receive the vaccine. At this time, all individuals (18+ years old) are recommended to receive the vaccine. If you are 16 – 17 years old, you are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, as it is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for this age.
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 questionnaires which will be reviewed by SHS staff. If at any time there may be a concern regarding an individual receiving the vaccine, it will be discussed prior with the individual during the appointment.
Common side effects include:
- On the arm where you got the shot: pain, redness and swelling
- Throughout the rest of the body: tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea
If you have symptoms outside of the common ones mentioned or that last more than 3 days, then contact your primary care physician and report your reaction to: https://vaers.hhs.gov/.
It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. You should keep using all the tools available to protect yourself and others until you are fully vaccinated.
It is highly recommended that you receive both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the same vaccination site. Your second dose will automatically be allocated to the vaccination site where you received your first dose. If you are unable to receive your second dose at the original site due to extenuating circumstances and are eligible to receive the vaccine at the SHS vaccination site, please contact us via our Contact Form.
According to the CDC, there are a number of ways you can help slow the spread of COVID-19:
Appointments are currently required for the vaccine and can be scheduled online through our Patient Portal at https://tx.ag/COVIDvaccine. Vaccine availability can change weekly as we receive vaccine allotments from the Texas Department of State Health Services. It is recommended to visit our Patient Portal or follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) for timely updates related to which vaccine we are currently administering.
SHS receives weekly allotments of vaccines and opens appointments based on our supply. Additional appointment options will be added as new vaccine shipments arrive. We recommend individuals interested in receiving the vaccine continue checking our Patient Portal for available appointments.
Individuals should bring their TAMU ID, health insurance information, and vaccination forms (listed under “COVID Vaccination Forms”) to their appointment. To expedite your appointment, you are encouraged to bring a completed copy of the vaccination forms to your appointment and upload your insurance information to the Patient Portal in advance.
No – after you receive your first dose at the SHS vaccination site, staff members will schedule a day/time for your second dose based on the recommended time frame between the two doses and your personal schedule. If you are unsure regarding the details of your second appointment, please visit the Patient Portal and view the Appointments tab. Your upcoming appointment will be listed there. Contact Patient Services at (979) 458-8310 if you need further assistance or do not see your second immunization appointment listed.
There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine itself. However, SHS will charge an administration fee to students, faculty and staff to cover the cost of SHS staff administering the vaccine. It is highly recommended that students bring their health insurance information to their appointment so the administration fee can be filed to insurance. Faculty and staff are required to bring their insurance information to their appointment. For students that do not have health insurance, or for charges that are not covered by insurance for student patients, the SHS Seasonal Vaccine Fund or other pandemic funding sources will cover the cost of the COVID vaccine administration (i.e., no cost to the student). Find detailed cost information below:
Cost Information (effective 03/08/2021):
- Faculty/Staff: While there is no charge for the COVID vaccine, SHS will charge a $25 administration fee* that will be filed to your insurance provider. Please contact your health insurance provider for more information.
- Students: While there is no charge for the COVID vaccine, SHS will charge a $15 administration fee* that will be filed to your insurance provider. For charges not covered by insurance and for uninsured patients, the SHS Seasonal Vaccine Fund will sponsor the COVID vaccine administration (i.e., no cost to you).
*The COVID vaccine administration fee covers the cost for SHS staff to administer the vaccine. There is no cost to students, faculty or staff for the COVID vaccine itself. Any cost not covered by insurance will be paid for by the SHS Seasonal Vaccine Fund or other pandemic funding sources.