About the Vaccine

This page was last updated on Jan. 4, 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

As a state-designated COVID-19 vaccination hub, UT Southwestern is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to reach those members of our community who are at highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and vaccinate them. DCHHS will begin providing UTSW with names of qualified individuals (Phases 1A and 1B) who registered with the county for vaccination. We look forward to continuing the momentum we have gained vaccinating our Phase 1B patients and to ensuring as many Texans have access to this invaluable protection as possible. Additional details on next steps will be forthcoming on our patient care vaccination website. Vaccinations are still contingent on supply, which is currently limited.

Vaccines for UTSW Patients

UT Southwestern is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible patients. Patients will be notified via MyChart as to how to schedule an appointment. For more information about the vaccines and the vaccination process, please visit utswmed.org/vaccines.

Campus Rollout Plan

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer and BioNTech mRNA-based vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – representing a major development in our global efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.

UT  Southwestern’s Vaccine Science Review Committee has independently evaluated the clinical trial data and agrees with the FDA assessment of the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness.

Read the Pfizer scientific review
Read the Moderna scientific review

Initial Shipment

On Dec. 15, UT Southwestern received an initial shipment of 5,850 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and began vaccinations. Individuals who are vaccinated in the first phase will be given their second dose roughly three weeks later.

MyChart Registration Required

To receive the vaccine, you must be registered in MyChart. If you have never used MyChart before, we sent a registration link to your work email on Dec. 11. If you have an account, please log in and ensure your contact information and email preferences are up to date. The MyChart app is also available in the App Store or Google Play.

How do I know when it’s my turn to receive the vaccine?

You will be notified through MyChart when you are eligible to schedule your first of two vaccination appointments. Once it is time to schedule your second dose, you will receive another MyChart message.

What phases are we in right now?

Phases 1A and 1B

Distribution Phase 1A

Below is UT Southwestern’s first phase of distribution, which aligns with federal and state guidance and was developed with equity, safety, and efficiency as our core principles.

Phase 1A.1 – Direct Patient Care with Highest Risk 
Phase 1A.2 – COVID-19 Lab Staff, Respiratory Therapists, Anesthesia, and COVID-19 Clinical Research 
Phase 1A.3 – Point-of-entry, Hospital Direct Patient Care, Outpatient with High Risk, Nutrition, Home Health 
Phase 1A.4 – Additional Outpatient, Lab Specimen Testing and Reporting, COVID-19 Research 
Phase 1A.5 – Other Clinical Staff and Administration  
Phase 1A.6 – All Other Employees and Learners 

Distribution Phase 1B

This phase of distribution allows us to efficiently reach highest risk segments of our population.

Phase 1B – Population with Highest Risk 

UT Southwestern will provide further guidance for later stages of 1B vaccine distribution as additional information becomes available.

Distribution Phase 2

UT Southwestern’s second phase of distribution will reach out to all other patients who did not have access in the previous vaccine phases. We will provide more updates on Phase 2 as additional information becomes available.

How Fast is the Rollout and Who’s Next to Receive it?

We are currently vaccinating 1A.1-1B. Our progress through the additional phases will be based on future shipments of the vaccine. Guidance for our patients and our community will be provided in future communications.

PPE Requirements Continue

Following vaccination, it is critical that we continue to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and practice other non-pharmacological interventions. At this point, it is unclear whether those who are vaccinated could still spread the virus to others. All PPE requirements will continue to remain in effect on campus. 

Consider the Benefits of Vaccination

We strongly encourage you to consider the benefits of vaccination, regardless of whether you have had COVID-19. Please know that the decision to vaccinate is personal and not required by UT Southwestern. Should you choose to decline the vaccination, you may do so through MyChart.

Questions?

We continue to receive questions from across our UT Southwestern community and will expand our vaccine FAQs as answers become available. You may also access:

Please check back often for updates. Employees can covid-19questions@utsouthwestern.edu the COVID box with additional questions as they arise.

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