Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine from UT Health Physicians?
UT Health San Antonio is offering COVID-19 vaccines to those who meet the CDC and State of Texas’ eligibility requirements. Appointment availability is updated daily and dependent on vaccine supply. If you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, schedule your COVID-19 vaccine here.
Priority access for those 80 yrs. or older
Those 80 years old or older don't need an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Bring your insurance information (if available), driver's license or other form of identification to receive your vaccine, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m, at UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing Hurd Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229.
As a state-designated vaccination hub, we are committed to providing COVID-19 vaccines to as many people as possible in the most effective and efficient way possible. We are following the State of Texas and the Center for Disease Control tiered prioritized COVID-19 vaccine distribution system and providing COVID-19 vaccines to all those who are currently eligible.
If you are a current patient at UT Health San Antonio and have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please send a message to your provider using MyChart.
Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine
As of April 13, 2021 UT Health will suspend its administration of the single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. This is per CDC and FDA recommendations while they investigate recent reports of rare, but potentially dangerous blood clots that may have been related to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in certain specific patient populations.
Among 6.8 million doses given, these rare reports have been in six women (out of more than 6.8 million doses) between the ages of 18 to 48 years old, and occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. This type of clotting problem has a specific therapy for those in whom it can be identified early. None of the cases of blood clots reported at this time have occurred in Texas, where more than 500,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered.
Those who have received the JNJ vaccine less than two weeks ago, should watch for easy bruising, gum bleeding, nose bleeds, leg or arm pain or swelling, severe headache or abdominal pain, shortness of breath or chest pain. If one of those symptoms is present, they should see a physician.
CDC is convening a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) tomorrow (Wednesday) to review the cases and evaluate their significance.
Frequently asked questions:
Is an appointment required to receive the vaccine?
Yes, you must have an appointment. We cannot accommodate walkups. if you meet eligibility requirements, schedule your vaccine here.
I received a message saying I can receive my COVID-19 vaccine. What do I do?
If you have received a message about scheduling your COVID vaccine from UT Health San Antonio, please take the following steps:
Step 1. Confirm you have not already received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
If you have already received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please do not schedule another vaccine with UT Health San Antonio. To ensure you receive the correct second vaccine dose, you need to return to where you received your first dose. UT Health San Antonio is not offering ONLY second doses of the vaccine.
Step 2. Follow the directions in the message for scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine.
Step 3. Confirm the location of your vaccination appointment
We are providing vaccinations at multiple UT Health San Antonio locations. Read your appointment details in MyChart to confirm the correct location for receiving your vaccine.
Step 4. eCheck-in before your appointment
You must use MyChart to check-in electronically (eCheck-in) at least 1 hour before your scheduled appointment time to complete your consent form. Upon arriving, please remain in your vehicle until your scheduled appointment time. This helps reduce crowding, wait times and long lines.
Important Note: Your vaccination appointment is not transferable
Vaccine appointments are not transferable to anyone else.
When can I receive my COVID-19 Vaccine from UT Health San Antonio?
As a state-designated vaccination hub, we are committed to providing COVID-19 vaccines to as many eligible people as possible. Everyone who is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine may schedule their COVID-19 vaccine with UT Health San Antonio. If you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, schedule your COVID-19 vaccine here.
Can I schedule my 2nd COVID-19 vaccine at UT Health San Antonio?
We are not scheduling ONLY second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We only provide second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to those who received their first dose from UT Health San Antonio. If you received your first dose at UT Health San Antonio, your second dose is already scheduled. Check MyChart to view the appointment details for receiving your second dose. Returning to where you received your first dose helps ensure you receive the correct second vaccine dose. If you have additional questions about UT Health San Antonio's COVID-19 vaccines, please call 210-504-5200.
What vaccine is UT Health San Antonio providing patients?
We are providing the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses. When receiving the first dose, an appointment to receive the second dose will be made for 21 days later. For more information on the Pfizer‑BioNTech COVID‑19 Vaccine in the U.S., visit the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine site.
Is there a fee for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccine recipients will have no out-of-pocket expenses. For patients who have Medicare, Medicaid or a third-party insurer, your insurer will be billed a nominal fee of $17 for the first dose and $28 for the second dose per Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allowable charges for the extra supplies and staffing to administer the vaccine.
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Is it okay to delay my 2nd COVID-19 vaccine?
It's important to get your second dose because you won't be fully protected with just the first one. However, there is no need to panic if there is a slight delay in receiving your 2nd dose. The CDC says it's OK for the second dose to be given up to six weeks after the first. Learn more here.
Can I get the Pfizer vaccine if I am allergic to its components?
The Pfizer vaccine is contraindicated (should not be used) for anyone with a history of allergy to the components of the vaccine.
How many doses does the Pfizer vaccine require and in what timeline?
The Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose series spaced 21 days apart.
How do I receive my second dose?
You will be automatically scheduled for your second dose appointment at the same UT Health clinic.
Where will I receive my vaccine?
We are providing COVID-19 vaccines at numerous locations. Check your appointment details in MyChart to confirm where you will receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
What is the cost to receive the vaccine?
There is no out of pocket cost for receiving the vaccine; they are free. A small administration fee may be charged to the insurance on file.
Is there an observation period for patients after receiving the vaccine?
Yes, all patients are observed for 15 minutes post administration. Some patients with certain medical conditions are observed for 30 minutes.
How can I ensure I’m safe after receiving the vaccine?
How long after receiving the Pfizer vaccine can I receive vaccinations for other infectious diseases?
Patients should wait 14 days if you have received a vaccine for another infectious disease (such a tetanus, or meningitis, etc.) We cannot immunize anyone with a recent history of vaccination.
Can I still get vaccinated if I’ve previously had COVID-19?
If you have had natural COVID-19 infection, it is recommended that you wait 90 days before being vaccinated.
Can I get the vaccine if I’ve been treated with monoclonal infusion or convalescent plasma?
There are certain medical therapies used to treat COVID-19 infection (such as monoclonal infusion or convalescent plasma) which would contraindicate vaccination for 90 days post recovery.