UT rolls out plans for next steps in vaccine distribution
UT Austin began vaccinating healthcare workers in December in alignment with state and federal guidelines for Phase 1A of vaccine distribution for COVID-19. On Jan. 5, UT Austin also released an update on the university’s approach to the next phase, Phase 1B, which was recently defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The Phase 1B category includes those who are 65 years of age or older or those who are 16 years of age or older and who have one or more chronic illnesses that put them at increased risk for severe illness should they become infected by the virus that causes COVID-19.
To help ensure the university requests enough vaccine for the next round of immunizations, employees are being asked to fill out a confidential COVID-19 Vaccine form (in English or Spanish) by Jan. 12 if they fit the criteria for Phase 1B or if they have another underlying medical condition that may be prioritized as the vaccine becomes available.
All current UT students, faculty and staff will be able to receive a vaccine once there is sufficient supply to meet the demand. Individuals who do not meet the state’s current criteria for vaccine priority will be contacted as soon as the university receives guidance from the state regarding further prioritization. Vaccinating our campus community could be a months-long process as federal, state and local officials coordinate vaccine availability, distribution and guidance.
It is also important to note that regardless of whether you have received a vaccine, you should continue wearing masks, keeping a safe social distance, and washing your hands frequently. Please visit the COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff for additional guidance for FAS, including how to conduct safe in-person meetings, how to travel together in university vehicles, how to have a safe lunchbreak and how to track your symptoms if you are coming to work on campus. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish online and with downloadable and printable versions. The Guide web page also includes printable posters in English and Spanish that highlight guidance unique to FAS for common workspaces.
Below are additional links and resources related to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination to the university community:
- Jan. 4, 2021 email from Dr. Amy Young, Dr. Terrance Hines, Stephanie Morgan, PhD, RN, and Emergency Preparedness Director Jonathan Robb – Action Needed: UT COVID-19 Vaccine Request (English and Spanish)
- Protect Texas Together Vaccine Information
- COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- Vaccine FAQs in English and Spanish
- COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff (English and Spanish)