Getting vaccinated is a critically important step each of us needs to take in preparation for our Fall 2021 semester. SHSU faculty, staff and students, regardless of health status or occupation, are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine! Take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The best place to get a vaccine is the first place that has it available for you - whether a vaccination hub, commercial pharmacy, hospital or clinic.

Out of an abundance of caution and following guidance from the CDC, FDA and the Texas Department of Health, the Student Health Center will pause the administration of the J&J vaccine and is cancelling all scheduled appointments for the J&J vaccine. However, we strongly encourage you to still get vaccinated with either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Walker County vaccination resources can be found at:

If you have a pre-scheduled appointment at the SHC for the Moderna vaccine, your appointment is still scheduled.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

  • How long after getting two doses of the vaccine will I be considered to have built up immunity?

    After a vaccine it generally takes a few weeks for the body to build up immunity. Your first dose provides some immunity and your second dose increases that response. Having vaccine-induced immunity takes a few weeks after the second dose to have full effect. Thus far the vaccines have been proven to 1) decrease risk of infection but not eliminate it, and 2) decrease the severity of infection if one becomes infected after vaccination.

  • Can the COVID 19 vaccine make me sick with COVID 19?

    NO. The vaccine does not contain any live virus that would cause COVID 19.

  • Is the COVID 19 vaccine safe?

    All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible. Systems that allow CDC to watch for safety issues are in place across the entire country.

  • Where can I get a vaccine?

    The best place to get a vaccine is the first place that has it available for you - whether a vaccination hub, commercial pharmacy, hospital or clinic. The Walker County COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduler Application can also help you find a vaccine near you.

  • What are the possible side effects from the COVID 19 vaccine?

    You may experience some side effects such as soreness or redness at the injection site, fever, chills, headache, tiredness and muscle or joint pain. This is a sign that your body is responding to the vaccine and working to protect you from COVID 19. These side effects may increase or be more significant with your second dose. There is also risk of allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), but this is very rare. During registration, you will be screened to further minimize this risk, and anaphylaxis is readily reversible when promptly treated.

  • If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get the vaccine?

    Yes, natural immunity that results from infection does not appear to last as long as immunity from vaccine. You should wait at least until after released from isolation, and there is no rush for the first 90 days. If you have had antibody treatments (monoclonal antibodies or post-convalescent plasma) for COVID 19, you should definitely wait 90 days before getting the vaccine. Specific questions about this should be discussed with your doctor.

  • Why should I get the COVID 19 vaccine?

    Getting the vaccine adds another layer of protection for you, your peers, family and coworkers. It will build defenses against the virus within our community.

  • What is the difference between the three major vaccines?

    The COVID-19 vaccination is either a one or a two-dose series. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses 28 days apart, and Pfizer is two doses 21 days apart.

    • 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.

    Information on available vaccines to aid in the decision making process can be found on the FDA’s websiteCDC’s website and DSHS website.

  • Will the SHC continue to offer the Moderna vaccine?

    SHC will automatically receive 2nd dose allocations of the Moderna vaccine from the State of Texas. If you received your first shot of the Moderna vaccine at the Student Health Center, you can still receive the second shot of the Moderna vaccine through the Student Health Center.

  • Can you get COVID-19 from a vaccine?

    No. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any live form of the virus.

  • Do I have to pay for the vaccine?

    No. The vaccine is free and does not require health insurance.

  • Do I need to be vaccinated to work?

    Vaccination is not required for employment or enrollment at this time but is strongly encouraged.