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Vaccines and Testing



COVID-19 Testing

  • Get paid to get tested! UHD faculty, staff and students now have the opportunity to earn $5 in GatorCash each week when you get tested on campus at the Curative kiosk.

    To earn your weekly $5:
    • You must be a UHD student or a member of the UHD faculty or staff; a current PeopleSoft ID is required.
    • You must be tested on campus at the Curative kiosk. The incentive registration form is only accessible at the kiosk. See Testing on Campus below for details and use the link provided below to make your appointment.
    • You must have a GatorCard. The $5 in GatorCash will be credited to your GatorCard each week after your test at the Curative kiosk. No other reimbursement methods are available.
    • Incentives are limited to one per person per week, effective until further notice.
    • Note: There is no limit to testing frequency, but the GatorCash incentive will only be paid for one test per week.​

  • ​ ​Testing on Campus
    • Through a partnership ​with Curative, UHD is offering COVID-19 testing on campus through a kiosk located outside the Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center.
    • UHD’s testing is free of charge and available to the University community and the public, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • To make an appointment, sign up through the Curative portal and check in online before your visit.
    • NOTE: For patients being tested at a Curative site in Texas, proof of insurance will be required. A patient’s ID and proof of insurance will be required to schedule an appointment online or to do on-site registration for COVID-19 testing at a Curative site. The test will continue to be provided at no out-of-pocket cost with proof of insurance.​
    • Test results will be e-mailed and sent via phone text message. ​

​Vaccine and Booster Eligibility

  • Everyone 5+ is ​eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccination.
  • In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) now recommend booster shots for certain groups of people. ​Details on eligibility for COVID​​-19 vaccines an​d booster shots can be found on the DSHS website.

​Where to Get a​​ ​Vaccine​

  • On Campus – Vaccination Clinic​: ​The University of Houston-Downtown periodically hosts COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for the public and UHD Community. Check this page and UHD News regularly for updates.

​​Vaccine F​​​AQs​

  1. Does the University require the COVID-19 vaccine?​​​​
  2. Can the University recommend the COVID-19 vaccine?
  3. If I get vaccinated on campus, is the information gathered confidential?
  4. What types of vaccines are offered?
  5. If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I need to be tested or quarantine if I am exposed to someone with COVID-19?
  6. Will I need to show proof of taking the COVID-19 vaccine to attend University events?
  7. Once I am fully vaccinated, should I have a COVID-19 test frequently, especially when I am on campus?
  8. How do the COVID-19 vaccines work?
  9. What are possible vaccine side effects?
  10. How safe are the vaccines?
  11. Why is it important for me to get the vaccine?
  12. Where can I learn more about COVID-19 vaccines?

1. ​Does the University require the COVID-19 vaccine?

No, the University does not require students, faculty, staff, or visitors to be vaccinated, nor is there a requirement to show proof of vaccination.

​2. Can the University recommend the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, the University can recommend and encourage individuals to strongly consider getting the vaccine. UHD faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to get vaccinated.

3. If I get vaccinated on campus, is the information gathered confidential?

Yes, this would be protected health information.​

4. What t​​​​​​ypes of vaccines are offered?

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine; Moderna and Pfizer both require two doses. According to DSHS, the timing between your first and second dose depends on which vaccine you received. Learn more on the Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work s​ection of the CDC website.

5. If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I need to be tested or quarantine if I am exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Please refer to the Report COVID-19 Exposure, Symptoms, Diagnosis webpage​ and contact Emergency Management if you have questions.

6. Will I need to show proof of taking the COVID-19 vaccine to attend University events?​

​​No, the University will not ask any student, faculty, staff, or guest if they have been vaccinated.

7. Once I am fully vaccinated, should I have a COVID-19 test frequently, especially when I am on campus?

No, you do not need to be tested unless you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; however, UHD recommends frequent testing so that persons carrying the virus who have no symptoms can begin quarantine or isolation as soon as possible.

8. How do the COVID-19 vaccines work?

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 CDC website.​

9. What are 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. CDC provides a detailed explanation of other possible side effects.

10. How safe are the 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 detailed information, see the Vaccine Safety section of the CDC website.​

11. Why is it important for me to get the vaccine?

According to CDC, stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available, including vaccines. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce the spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.​

12. Where can I learn more about COVID-19 vaccines?

Visit the resources below to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in development and vaccination planning in the U.S. and in Texas.


Last updated 9/7/2022 8:40 AM