Take the Shot. Win the Game. Help Baylor Dominate COVID-19 and Enjoy Activities on Campus this Fall

March 30, 2021

With all individuals age 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Texas, we have an important opportunity as the Baylor Family. We can take the shot and take the next step toward a return to more normal campus operations in the fall. Sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine on campus or elsewhere in the community and then report your vaccine to the Baylor Health Center. By reporting when you are fully vaccinated, you help the University know how well-protected we are as a community.

“We’re encouraging the entire Baylor community to participate in our campus vaccination efforts — either by getting vaccinated if they haven’t been or by reporting their vaccination. The more we know about the level of protection we have as a campus population, the better indicators we have for the types of events and activities we can safely allow in the fall,” Dr. Sharon Stern, medical director of Baylor Health Services, said. "In addition, students, faculty and staff getting fully vaccinated provides other benefits, including exemptions from weekly testing and quarantine."

Baylor Health Services, an authorized vaccine provider, is working through its waitlist for COVID-19 vaccination appointments – prioritizing the completion of vaccines for first responders and others with occupational exposure, those with underlying conditions, and adults over 50, while also providing appointments for all Baylor students, faculty and staff, as vaccine doses are available.

“We know the vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect our community against the spread of COVID-19. Patients may experience mild side effects after vaccination, but these are normal and worth it in the long run. With pandemic fatigue and more contagious coronavirus variants a reality, the sooner we can get people vaccinated, the sooner we will be able to return to pre-pandemic activities,” Stern said.

Let us know you are interested in being vaccinated or report your vaccination by another provider:

  • Students, faculty and staff who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination from Baylor Health Services should fill out the Vaccination Registration form to be placed on the list for a Baylor-administered vaccine.
  • Students, faculty and staff who have been fully vaccinated with an COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA for emergency use should fill out the Vaccination Reporting form, which includes uploading a photo of your completed vaccination card. This information will be HIPAA-protected by Health Services and will provide you with exemption from weekly testing.

Vaccinated individuals can be exempt from weekly testing once the vaccination is reported to Baylor Health Center. By providing information about the vaccine, Baylor is not acting as your healthcare provider. Anyone who has questions or concerns about vaccines are encouraged to make an appointment with the Health Center or check with their primary healthcare provider.

Additional Vaccine Resources:

  • VaccineFinder is a free, online service operated by epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children's Hospital. The VaccineFinder website provides information to assist in finding locations where the COVID vaccine is available.
  • The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District also provides local vaccine information on its website.
  • For additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including frequently asked questions, please visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Being vaccinated protects you, but please continue to protect others by wearing a facemask and maintaining your distance on the Baylor campus, especially indoors. More vaccination resources and vaccine request and reporting forms available at baylor.edu/vaccine.

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