Dear TCU Community,
The Brown-Lupton Health Center is one of several local health clinics preparing to receive an initial batch of 100 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The university registered with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to be a provider of the COVID-19 vaccination to TCU employees and students.
The university will follow protocols for priority group distribution as established by the DSHS Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel. Healthcare workers and front-line workers are among the priority groups. TCU Health Center staff will be among the first to have the option to take the vaccine.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution will be shared with TCU faculty and staff employees and students as it becomes available. At this time, we do not know when we will receive our next allotment, nor how many we will receive.
The university encourages its community members to inform themselves about the vaccine through reliable resources and trusted experts, and by consulting with their healthcare provider. Read TCU’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and review the information below provided by the DSHS.
We are excited to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and for the opportunity to decrease our community’s risk of COVID-19. Although our first allotment is a small batch, and vaccination is optional, it marks the beginning of the next stage in this pandemic and is an important step in protecting the health of our community.
Jane Torgerson, MD
TCU Brown-Lupton Health Center
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and
Chair, Chancellor’s Campus Readiness Task Force
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 likely need two doses for full protection.
All but one of the COVID‑19 vaccines currently in development needs two shots to be effective. You will need two doses from the same manufacturer, spaced 21 or 28 days apart. 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 keep wearing 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.