Frequently Asked Questions
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University leadership is continually working on how we will return and increase operations on campus. The variety of functions and work settings on campus makes a single, prescriptive instruction unlikely to be appropriate or effective. While we will continue to monitor a variety of factors with respect to resuming campus operations, the most important ones relate to the local transmission of disease and impact on El Paso’s health care system.
Our return to campus will be guided by our mission as a comprehensive public research university that is increasing access to excellent higher education, advancing discovery of public value, and positively impacting the health, culture, education, and economy of the community we serve.
The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make this and other COVID-19 vaccines available. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines which have been shown to be safe and effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. Read more about how the CDC and FDA are ensuring the safety of coronavirus vaccines.
Getting a coronavirus vaccine will not give you COVID-19. None of the vaccines currently being developed, tested and distributed in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19; they use other methods to stimulate our bodies to recognize and fight the virus. Learn about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
The COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from contracting the virus. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
As with any vaccine, an allergic reaction is possible but rare. If you know you have severe allergic reactions, you should make sure you receive the coronavirus vaccine in a medical setting where these rare reactions can be effectively treated. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
No. The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.
Researchers still don't know how long immunity lasts after having COVID-19, and therefore, it is recommended that individuals get the coronavirus vaccine even if they have had COVID-19.
The CDC states that vaccination of persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation. While there is otherwise no recommended minimum interval between infection and vaccination, current evidence suggests that reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Thus, persons with documented acute SARS-CoV-2 infection in the preceding 90 days may delay vaccination until near the end of this period, if desired. You may participate in UTEP’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program after your isolation period has ended.
There is no cost for the vaccine administered at UTEP.
Recipients are prioritized based on recommendations from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). For those UTEP faculty, staff or students who are to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a secure email will be sent that includes a link for electronic scheduling.
If you have already completed the consent and questionnaire but have not yet received an email inviting you to schedule an appointment, continue to check your email regularly. We expect to receive additional vaccines in the coming weeks and will be reaching out as soon as we have one available for you. We will administer vaccines per the CDC guidelines.
Please be sure to bring your Miner Gold Card with you on the date of your appointment.
You may park in the Sun Bowl Parking Garage. Signs will direct you to the correct entrance. After you exit the garage, please follow the signs to enter the IDRB through the main doors facing University Avenue.
It is highly encouraged that you keep your vaccination appointment. If you need to reschedule, you will need to cancel your appointment through Campus Edge and reschedule your appointment by selecting an available time slot. If no time slots are available, you will receive an email at a later date with information on scheduling a new appointment.
UTEP is scheduling vaccination clinics based on current vaccine availability. We will not schedule people until we have confirmation from the shipper that the vaccine is on its way to the University.
Trained professionals, including pharmacists, nurses and trained pharmacy students under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, will administer the vaccines.
Yes, everyone who receives a vaccine through the UTEP program will be monitored for at least 15 minutes.
An emergency medical technician will be available on site to monitor and treat any potential adverse events.
No physician will be on site. There will be Doctors of Pharmacy on site that the federal government has authorized to prescribe and administer the COVID-19 vaccines.
If students or employees are eligible to be vaccinated through another place, they should not delay being vaccinated.
During your vaccination appointment, you will receive a paper vaccination record indicating the date that you received the first injection of the vaccine, and the date when you should return for the second dose.
Yes! There is still a chance you can get and spread COVID-19, even after you are fully vaccinated. The CDC recommends that you continue to follow these best health practices to protect yourself and others.
After you receive the vaccine, it is very common for you to feel muscle aches and pain at the injection site. You also may experience a headache or fever 24 to 72 hours after you have been vaccinated. As with any vaccine, an allergic reaction is possible but rare. If you develop a severe allergic reaction or are not feeling well, follow up with your health care provider or go to the nearest emergency room.
Both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to build up the immunity you need to fight off COVID-19. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, the second dose should be administered 21 days after the first dose. The second dose of the Moderna vaccine should be administered 28 days after the first dose. When you are vaccinated at UTEP, you will receive a vaccination card that includes the date you should return for your second dose. You will receive an email when it is time to schedule an appointment for your second injection.
It is strongly recommended that you receive the second vaccine injection so you can benefit from the vaccine’s full protection against coronavirus. After your first vaccination, you will only be about 50 percent protected from COVID-19. That means that you can still get sick, and you can still spread the virus to others. A week after you receive the second vaccine, you should be 94% to 96% protected against COVID-19.