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COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Information

​​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.​

  • Through a partnership through with Curative, UHD is offering  COVID-19 testing on campus through a kiosk located outside the Student Life Center​.
  • UHD’s testing will be free of charge and available to the university community and the public from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. seven days a week. Persons may sign up for appointments through the Curative portal and must then check-in online before their visit.
  • To make an appointment, click on the links below: 
  • Presentation of a photo identification and insurance card is suggested when arriving for testing, but not required. After persons are tested at the kiosk, they will receive their results through e-mail and text message. In addition, there is no limit to testing frequency.​

Vaccine Availability
The 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 DSHS website​.

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.

Houston Area Vaccine Hubs

Ha​rris 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 vaccine map.

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 other measures.

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.

Last updated 9/22/2021 3:06 AM