COVID-19 Checkup 03-25-2021


March 25, 2021

Bearkat Community,

We are now in a place where there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but we are not quite there yet.  As the vaccination efforts ramp up in Texas, we are getting to the point where most people who want a vaccine will be able to get a vaccine. With only seven weeks left until the end of the semester we are beginning to imagine what Fall 2021 will look like. So far, all indicators suggest that we’ll be able to have a pretty normal start to the Fall semester, but as is the case with everything related to COVID-19, nothing is certain. In order to have our best shot at a normal start to Fall 2021, it’s critical that we continue to stay diligent and do those things that we know work to keep our community safer from COVID-19! Let’s finish the semester strong, so we can start next year strong! Mask ‘Em Up Kats!!!​

Don’t Forget to Test!

The Student Health Center recommends that students get tested at least once a week, if not twice, from now until the end of the semester. Free testing is available for students, faculty and staff at the testing locations in the LSC (piano lounge - 2nd floor) or the Health Hut outside ABIV. You just need to provide your insurance or driver’s license information.

When: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Health Hut outside of ABIV or LSC Piano Lounge 2nd floor

New Vaccine Eligibility

Beginning Monday, March 29, the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to all faculty, staff and students on campus over the age of 18 at the Student Health Center and in Walker County.

To schedule a vaccine through Walker County, visit

In order to be placed on the SHC waiting list, email and provide your name, SAM ID and best number to reach you for scheduling or call 936-294-1805. The SHC will schedule your appointment time as soon as a dose is available. Prior to your appointment, you will have to log into your patient portal to complete a required vaccination registration form.

NEW! The Walker County Storm Shelter is hosting vaccinations on April 6 and April 8. They will be administering the J&J (one-shot) vaccine. Visit for additional details. 

Important Vaccine Information

The COVID-19 vaccination is either a one or a two-dose series. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses 28 days apart (or at least within 24 – 32 days of the first dose).

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. The second dose in each of the two-dose series must be of the same manufacturer/type as the first.

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is a single shot and does not take the place of another vaccine that requires a two-shot series (Moderna and Pfizer). It should not be taken if you have already had the first series of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

Kudos and Thanks

Show your appreciation and nominate a faculty, staff or student who help keep our campus safer for everyone by exhibit outstanding COVID-19 safety and service. Bearkats will be recognized monthly and honored with the K.A.T. Award. Congratulations to our Kats caught caring in February:

Staff - Steven Strubing, Cataloging & Metadata Assistant in the Newton Gresham Library
Faculty - Roseanne Keathley, Professor, Department of Population Health
Student - Caitlyn Hejil, Junior majoring in Accounting and student worker in the Registrar’s Office

COVID-19 Updates

Weekly updates of confirmed cases of COVID-19 will continue to be added to the university’s dashboard every Monday through Friday, at approximately 4:30 p.m. To see the current number of cases, visit Dashboard Updates.

REMINDER: If you received a positive COVID-19 test, please self-report your results immediately so we may ensure our dashboard is as accurate as possible.

COVID-19 Work Group

Drew Miller Student Affairs
Brian Loft Academic Affairs
Robert Williams Health Center
Joellen Tipton Residence Life
Ann Theodori SAM Center
Stephanie Knific Marketing & Communications
Rachel Shorter Tech/Desktop Services
Dustin LeNorman Athletics
Matt Roberts Facilities Services
Rhonda Beassie Human Resources
Candace Walkley College of Osteopathic Medicine
Erica Bumpurs Health Center
Mary-Katherine Breen Academic Success Center
Wayne Barrett College of Arts & Media
Anne Gaillard Biology/College of Science & Engineering Technology
Steve Jeter Public Safety
Ad Hoc Members
Jerrell Sherman Dean of Students Office
Jessica Smith Human Resources
Rachel Valle Student Activities
Clint Lockwood Enrollment Management
Terry Blaylock Client Services
Kristy Vienne Auxiliary Services
Bill Angrove SHSU Online
Julie Schwab Provost's Office