The University of Houston-Downtown is committed to the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. To that end, we want to provide our campus community with helpful resources and information regarding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines. See
UHD’s Vaccine FAQ for more information.
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) makes decisions regarding the allocation of vaccines on a weekly basis. All Texas adults are eligible to receive vaccines, and Texans who are age 16 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine. Details on eligibility can be found on the
Where You Can Receive the Vaccine
Our UHD Community is urged to seek the vaccine from their primary healthcare provider or sign up to receive it at one of the Houston area's vaccine hubs.
COVID-19 Vaccine Available for UHD Community Through University Partner
The COVID-19 Vaccine is available to UHD students, faculty and staff through the University’s partner, UTHealth. Appointments are required through their vaccination site.
UTHealth is administering the Pfizer Vaccine 9 hours per day, 7 days per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Vaccine Clinic is located at the UTHealth Cooley University Life Center at 7440 Cambridge St., 77054.
More information can be found online.
Houston Area Vaccine Hubs
Harris County Public Health has also provided a list of additional
local vaccine providers. You may also search for locations on the Texas Department of State Health Services
Types of Vaccines Offered
Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines both require two doses. It's best if you get your second dose from the same brand as your first dose. For example, if you got a Moderna first dose, it's best to get Moderna for your second dose. According to DSHS, the timing between your first and second dose depends on
which vaccine you received. In addition, Johnson and Johnson is a single dose vaccine and is now available in the Houston area.
Possible Vaccine Side Effects
It is normal to experience minor side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Some of the common side effects include pain or swelling on the arm where you received the shot. You may also experience fever, chills, fatigue or a headache. The
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides a detailed explanation of other possible side effects.
Safety of COVID Vaccines
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. For the detailed information, see the
Vaccine Safety section of the CDC website.
Differences Between COVID Vaccines and Others
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. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work on the
Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Protecting Yourself While Waiting for the Vaccine
Practice the same safety habits you've been doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Take precautions such as washing your hands, wearing face masks in public and staying 6-feet apart, along with
The Importance of Vaccines and Stopping the Spread
According to the CDC, stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.
Additional Vaccine Resources
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines in development and vaccination planning in the United States and in Texas.