FAS COVID-19 Vaccine Education Newsletter
April 20, 2021
Beginning March 29, 2021, all individuals age 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. It takes all of us to stop the spread of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated. While vaccinations are not required, they are highly recommended. When enough people get vaccinated, it makes the spread of COVID-19 from person to person unlikely and the whole community becomes protected. This newsletter provides helpful information about the COVID-19 vaccine and why members of the UT and FAS communities are choosing to get vaccinated to help Protect Texas Together.
Los enlaces en español en este boletín indican recursos y contenido que está disponible en español.
Who can get vaccinated?
Beginning March 29, all individuals age 16 or older are eligible to receive the vaccine in Texas. UT Austin is currently vaccinating faculty, staff and students who want to receive the vaccine from the university. Any current university student, staff or faculty member age 16 or older who has pre-registered by filling out the UT COVID-19 Vaccine Form will receive a personalized invitation to schedule an appointment. The form remains open. If you fill out the form, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment. Employees are not required to get a vaccination through the university. Members of the general public, which includes spouses and dependents of UT employees and UT retirees, may request a vaccine from UT Health Austin.
COVID-19 FAQs in English and Spanish
In both English and Spanish, this FAQ one-pager covers the most frequently asked questions about the vaccine, who is eligible, why you should get vaccinated, and how to schedule an appointment through UT if you choose to do so for yourself, your spouse or dependents. This FAQ can be downloaded, printed and posted in common areas.
Vaccination Video with Senior Vice President and CFO Darrell Bazzell
In this video, Senior Vice President and CFO Darrell Bazzell discusses why he chose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and his experiences receiving the vaccine as a member of the Black community.
Vaccination Video with Donna Shanor, School of Social Work and Dell Medical School
In this Spanish-language video with English subtitles, Donna Shanor discusses getting the COVID-19 vaccine as a member of the LatinX and Black communities.
You may download the video from Vimeo and share with your teams through your internal communication channels and social media.
Be a UT Vaccine Ambassador
When it comes to making the decision on whether or not to get vaccinated, hearing from peers can be compelling. Vaccine ambassadors have an opportunity to provide a diverse, authentic, and empathetic voice to influence individuals with shared identities to get both doses of the vaccine. The COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador Guidance provides ideas for how you can easily share your vaccine story with others. The guidance includes tips for creating a short video testimonial, tips for talking to your peers and sample social media messages.
Staff Council COVID-19 Vaccine Education Panel
Did you miss the COVID-19 Vaccine Education panel at the March 25 Staff Council meeting?Watch the recording to understand who is eligible for the vaccine and when people can expect an invitation for an appointment; hear from individuals who have received the vaccine; and learn answers to questions about how the vaccine works, how to stay healthy before and after getting the vaccine, and more.
How mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Work
In this animated video, learn how mRNA is being used in mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to help our immune systems fight off the virus. This video answers common questions like do mRNA vaccines include copies of the virus, can mRNA vaccines alter your DNA, and how effective are mRNA COVID-19 vaccines?
Download and Print Vaccine Informational Posters in English and Spanish
These posters cover common questions and answers related to the vaccine in both English and Spanish. These posters can be downloaded, printed and posted in common areas.
For More Information, FAQs, Videos, and Resources visit the Protect Texas Together Website
The Protect Texas Together website is the best source for information about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine, testing, campus operations, and the vaccine distribution process for the university community. Visit protect.utexas.edu for more videos, resources, FAQs and send in your questions not answered by the website.