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COVID-19 Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions

See below for answers to commonly asked vaccine, medical and policy questions.

Have a question that isn't answered on this page? Email recoveryops@utsa.edu.


Students

At this time, UTSA does not require COVID-19 vaccination for UTSA students.

Follow these instructions as they apply to you:

  • 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.


Faculty/Staff

At this time, UTSA does not require COVID-19 vaccination for UTSA faculty or staff.

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.

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.


Medical/Eligibility

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.

All patients are encouraged to download the Center for Disease Control’s vaccine safety app.

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:

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

According to the CDC, side effects for the COVID-19 vaccine include:

On the arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

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.

If you have had natural COVID-19 infection, it is recommended that you wait 90 days before being vaccinated.

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.