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: When will the vaccine be available at Rice - to Rice students, faculty, and staff?

A: As soon as the State of Texas releases the vaccine doses as it deems appropriate.


Q: If someone has the opportunity to receive the vaccine before the university receives its allotment, should they participate?

A: The answer is yes. If one is available to obtain the vaccine when and where it is available, they should do so.


Q: Who will administer the vaccine on the Rice campus?

A: The university's plan, currently, is to administer the vaccine on campus through a thoroughly vetted medical provider, just as flu shots are provided on campus.


Q: Will people associated with the Rice Community, such as retired university employees or dependents of current employees, be eligible to receive the vaccine on campus?

A: The university’s first priority will be vaccinating all active students, faculty, and staff members in alignment with the State of Texas' priorities for eligibility. The university is working on details related to vaccination distribution and vendor partnership. Once a plan has been established, it will be clearly communicated to the Rice community.


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

A: The answer is yes unless additional information is received by the CDC that contradicts this.


Q: If someone has received one dose of vaccine, should they continue to come to campus regularly?

A: The answer is yes unless additional information is received by the CDC that contradicts this, or if one is otherwise instructed differently by the Rice University Crisis Management Team or the Rice Contact Tracing Team.


Q: If someone has received two doses of vaccine, should they continue to come to campus regularly?

A: The answer is yes unless additional information is received by the CDC that contradicts this, or if one is otherwise instructed differently by the Rice University Crisis Management Team or the Rice Contact Tracing Team.


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: If a vaccine is received outside of Houston, can a second dose be given at Rice?

A: Not at this time, plan for both doses of vaccine from one provider.


Q: If a vaccine is administered, and the person becomes ill afterward, should a health reporting form be completed, and isolation be considered?

A: For healthcare providers, the CDC offers the following guidance. One should consider using the health reporting form to better evaluate types of symptoms and it is advised that the person stay isolated.