COVID-19 Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions
See below for answers to commonly asked vaccine, medical and policy questions.
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Am I required to get vaccinated?
At this time, UTSA does not require COVID-19 vaccination for UTSA students.
I was previously registered for a UTSA-sponsored account with UT Health San Antonio. How do I access my account?
- If you have already activated your account with UT Health, log in to access the scheduling portal.
- If you have not yet activated your account, click here. You will be prompted to reset your password.
- If you have not yet requested or been provided a UTSA-sponsored account with UT Health, watch your email and weekly email digests for updates about appointment availability through our partnership with UT Health.
Need assistance with the UT Health scheduling portal? Contact UT Health Technical support at (210) 450-4111 or helpITsupport@uthscsa.edu.
Am I required to get vaccinated?
At this time, UTSA does not require COVID-19 vaccination for UTSA faculty or staff.
Does my supervisor need to be informed whether or not I have been vaccinated?
Your COVID-19 vaccination status is protected, confidential medical information.
You are not required or obligated to disclose your vaccination status to your supervisor, and supervisors should not ask their employees whether or not they have been vaccinated.
If I get my vaccine during work hours, do I have to take sick/vacation leave to account for my time away from work?
Employees who will be going off campus for the COVID-19 vaccine (e.g. UT Health) can flex their schedule to cover the time missed, if approved by their supervisor. If flexing cannot be supported, they will have to use their own leave.
How do I know if I’m eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine?
Everyone age 16 and older in Texas is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website to learn more.
How can I ensure I am safe after receiving the vaccine?
All patients are encouraged to download the Center for Disease Control’s vaccine safety app.
Are there medical reasons to decline the vaccine?
Experts say the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for most people. Consult your doctor regarding timing to receive the vaccine if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days and/or have received antibody treatments in the past 90 days for COVID-19 infection.
You should not get the vaccine if you:
- Have had severe allergic reactions to any ingredients in the vaccine
- Have had any other vaccinations in the previous 14 days
- Are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Currently meet the quarantine/isolation criteria for COVID-19
You should consult your medical provider prior to getting the vaccine if you:
- Have autoimmune conditions
- Have a moderate to severe acute illness
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have had a severe allergic reaction to other types of vaccines or injectable therapies
What are possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
According to the CDC, side effects for the COVID-19 vaccine include:
On the arm where you got the shot:
Throughout the rest of your body:
- Muscle pain
These side effects are a sign that your body is building protection against the virus. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.
Can I get vaccinated if I’ve previously had COVID-19?
If you have had natural COVID-19 infection, it is recommended that you wait 90 days before being vaccinated.
Can I get the vaccine if I’ve been treated with monoclonal infusion or convalescent plasma?
There are certain medical therapies used to treat COVID-19 infection (such as monoclonal infusion or convalescent plasma) which would contraindicate vaccination for 90 days post recovery.