Frequently Asked Vaccination Questions

Frequently Asked Vaccination Questions

Many people have questions about the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines. As vaccine recipients’ most-trusted source of information on vaccines, the CDC plays a critical role in helping the public understand the importance of COVID-19 vaccination, as well as if and when it is likely to be recommended for them. The CDC offers guidance online.


Q: If someone has received the vaccine (one dose or two), should they continue to test regularly if coming to campus?

A: If you have already updated your status to fully-vaccinated on the Rice Vaccine Status Form, you no longer need to test.


Q: Where do I fill out the Rice Vaccine Status Form?

A: Rice Vaccine Status Form


Q: I'm a current/active faculty/staff member or student at Rice and I'm having trouble with the Vaccine Status Form. Who do I contact for help with this?

A: At this time, the university has not yet enabled the vaccine status for incoming students. Please make sure you're checking your email for specific emails from the Dean of Undergraduates Office (for undergrads) or from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (for graduate students) for how and when to provide this information to your department.


Q: I'm a new student and I'm having trouble accessing the Vaccine Status Form. Who do I contact for help with this?

A: Please email helpdesk@rice.edu and describe the issues or error messages you are receiving. Screenshots may also help them to diagnose the issue faster. If you are an incoming student, please see the following answer.


Q: What if I still need the vaccine?

A: Rice is no longer conducting vaccine clinics on campus, however, there are many locations where vaccine is readily available within the Houston-area. Walmart, CVS, Sam's Club and Walgreens are offering appointments within the week and a drive-up, no appointment necessary option, is available at NRG Stadium. This public health website has specific information which includes a link to more providers.


Q: If someone is symptomatic, should the vaccination be rescheduled?

A: The answer is yes. Per the CDC: Vaccination of persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation. This recommendation applies to persons who develop SARS-CoV-2 infection before receiving any vaccine doses as well as those who develop SARS-CoV-2 infection after the first dose but before receipt of the second dose.


Q: I have additional questions not shown here. Who do I contact?

A: Faculty and Staff should follow up with their supervisor directly. Students (undergraduate and graduate) should contact Student Health Services (hlsv@rice.edu, or 713-348-4966)