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COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment: Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment: Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO I DO IF I LOST MY COVID-19 VACCINE CARD?

If you received your vaccination at any University Health locations, you can access your vaccine record through your MyChart account. If you have the MyChart app, your vaccine verification will be easy to access anytime on your mobile phone. 

  1. Log into your MyChart account from a desktop computer or mobile device.
  2. Select the Menu Bar.
  3. In the search bar type “covid”.
  4. In the “My Record” section, select “COVID-19”.
  5. Once the COVID-19 activity section opens, your vaccine record will show. Click the vaccine line to see more details about your vaccine(s).

Need to sign up for MyChart? Follow these easy steps to enroll today.

ImmTrac

If you received your COVID-19 vaccine through University Health or another provider, you can obtain your immunization records, including your COVID-19 vaccine, from the Texas Department of State Health Services program, ImmTrac. 

  1. Go to www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/immtrac/clients.shtm.
  2. Click on “Request an Immunization Record” link.
  3. Download and complete the form.
  4. Send completed form to the DSHS Immunization Unit address listed on the website.
  5. Additional information is available on the website or call Toll-Free at 1-866-624-0180.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

You need to bring an ID and wear a face mask.

Persons coming to receive a booster shot must bring their vaccine card or log on to their MyChart account to show which vaccine they have already received and when they were vaccinated.

WHEN CAN I GET A BOOSTER SHOT/THIRD DOSE?

People 65 and older and individuals 18 and older who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 infection because of health conditions or occupational or institutional exposure, such as health care workers. People in those groups become eligible 6 months after their second Pfizer vaccination.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOOSTERS AND THIRD DOSES?

University Health has been providing third shots of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for persons who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. According to the CDC, this group includes some people receiving cancer treatments, organ and stem cell transplant recipients, persons with severe immunodeficiency or untreated HIV infection, or those taking medications that may suppress their immune system. These people may not have had a strong immune response to the vaccine, so the CDC recommends a third dose in the series, as opposed to the two-dose series for others. The CDC recommends immunocompromised persons receive their 3rd dose shot no sooner than four weeks after their 2nd dose. Boosters are shots in addition to the initial shot or series for people with a normal immune response to the vaccine, and may be recommended months or even years after the initial series.

Do you have to be a San Antonio resident to register for an appointment?
No.
Does my 16 and/or 17-year-old need to be accompanied by an adult to receive their vaccine?

Yes, teens who are 16 and 17 years old are still considered minors and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

CAN I GET A COVID-19 VACCINE AND THE FLU SHOT?

Yes, it’s not necessary to put any time between the flu and COVID-19 vaccines, said Dr. Bryan Alsip, University Health chief medical officer.

What precautions are you taking to ensure physical distancing?

There are markers on the ground and security to ensure that physical distancing is being followed.

How will I schedule my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

They will schedule your second dose at your appointment for the first dose.

Should I delay vaccination if I've recently had COVID-19?

COVID-19 vaccinations may be administered to those with a history of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Vaccination should be deferred until recovery from acute illness (if person had symptoms) and criteria have been met to discontinue isolation. However, there is no minimal interval between infection and vaccination. Evidence suggests that reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection, so individuals may defer vaccination until the end of this period, if desired, but it is a not a requirement to receive the vaccine.

What to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine

Side effects of a COVID-19 vaccination can be fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and pain or swelling in the arm where you got your shot. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects can be worse after the second dose but, usually resolve in a few days. Consult with your doctor about taking any over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with these symptoms or if you are still experiencing side effects after a few days.

Even after vaccination it’s important to keep using a mask or face-covering and keeping your distance when around others outside your home, and washing your hands often to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as we continue to learn more about immunity and protection provided by these vaccines.