Dear TCU students and employees,
Happy New Year from the TCU Brown-Lupton Health Center. We are looking forward to the start of the spring semester. Yesterday, students and employees received important reminders about our health and safety expectations. Please take a moment to read the information if you have not done so already:
TCU COVID-19 Vaccine – Response Requested
For planning purposes, the health center is now asking all students and employees to respond to the TCU COVID-19 Vaccine Online Response Form through the link below. Among other important information, the form will ask whether or not you plan to accept the vaccine when available, or if you have already received or plan to receive the vaccine through another source.* Those who choose to accept the vaccine will be notified via email when they fall within the current target priority for vaccination. We do not have a timeline for delivery, but your response will help us deliver the vaccine more efficiently as shipments are received.
*If you have the opportunity to receive the vaccine from the public health department, your pharmacy or physician, we encourage you to do so, given the uncertainty of our delivery dates.
Status of COVID-19 Vaccine at TCU
The Brown-Lupton Health Center is registered with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to be a provider of the COVID-19 vaccination to current TCU employees and students. So far, we have received and distributed our first allotment of 100 COVID-19 vaccines to individuals who fall in Phase 1A. We are continuing to target Phase 1A as we have a number of individuals who qualify as health care workers and individuals who work in clinical settings with symptomatic patients or directly support health care operations. Vaccine providers have been directed to vaccinate with urgency. Should those meeting the criteria of the current phase be unavailable as doses are received, TCU will vaccinate individuals who fall in the next target priority groups in compliance with the Texas Department of State Health Services’ protocols for distribution.
The university has no timeline on delivery of vaccines. It is likely that we will continue to receive allotments over the course of the next several months. The university plans to offer vaccinations to all current TCU students and employees who choose to receive it.
We thank you in advance for your prompt reply in filling out the form, and for your patience and cooperation. We are currently receiving a high volume of emails and calls; please be sure to visit the TCU Connected Campus for vaccine-related FAQs and see the bottom of this email for safety information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Stay safe and healthy,
Jane Torgerson, MD
Texas Christian University Brown-Lupton Heath Center
Four Things to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine (source: DSHS)
- Safety is a top priority.
Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make COVID-19 vaccines available. The new COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of volunteers during clinical trials. The vaccines are only authorized for use if they are found to be safe.
Even though they found no safety issues during the clinical trials, CDC and other federal partners will continue to monitor the new vaccines. They watch out for serious side effects (or “adverse events”) using vaccine safety monitoring systems, like the new V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker app.
- The vaccines are highly effective. You’ll need two doses for full protection.
All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development need two shots to be effective. You will need two doses from the same manufacturer, spaced 21 or 28 days apart (depending on manufacturer). You will get full protection from the vaccine usually 1–2 weeks after getting your second dose.
After you get the vaccine, you will still need to wear a mask, social distance and wash hands often. That’s because stopping a pandemic requires all the tools we have. All these efforts combined will offer the best protection from COVID-19 and help us get “back to normal” sooner.
- You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines do not use the live virus and cannot give you COVID-19. The vaccine does not alter your DNA. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an immune response without having to experience sickness.
Having symptoms like fever after you get a vaccine is normal and a sign your immune system is building protection against the virus. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.
- Texas is already distributing vaccine and will continue as more becomes available.
The Texas Commissioner of Health appointed an Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) of subject matter experts to make recommendations on vaccine allocation decisions. This includes identifying groups that should be vaccinated first. The goal is to provide the most protection to vulnerable populations and critical state resources.
Other groups will receive vaccines in coming months, as more vaccines are made available. View Frequently Asked Questions and Vaccine Safety Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.