WT to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to staff and students


West Texas A&M University will begin administering free COVID-19 vaccines Friday to eligible faculty, staff and students.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has approved WT’s application to administer both the Moderna vaccine series and the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. The University has 200 Johnson & Johnson vaccines in its initial allotment.

“We are pleased to provide this service to our WT community,” said Dr. Todd Rasberry, vice president for philanthropy and external relations. “Every vaccine delivered helps us continue to provide a safe campus environment and serve the larger community as we begin to return to normal. We urge campus community members who are eligible to take advantage of this free service.”

Vaccine eligibility is determined by the DSHS. Those eligible now include those who work as educators and education staff, and those who work as, or for, licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers. Remaining eligible are:

Phase 1A: Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities

Phase 1B: People 65+ or people 16+ (WT will only vaccinate individuals 18 years of age and above) with a health condition that increases risk of severe COVID-19 illness, including but not limited to:

Cancer
Chronic kidney disease
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Down Syndrome
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
Organ transplantation
Obesity
Underweight
Pregnancy (WTAMU SMS will only vaccinate pregnant individuals with written permission from their doctor)
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes

Vaccines will be administered from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays in the Alumni Banquet Hall on weeks that WT receives vaccine allocations. Registration instructions will be sent to the WT community via campus email.

Free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff takes place on campus each Wednesday.

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