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More than 75% of Texans have COVID-19 antibodies, one of the world’s largest assessments finds

October 26, 2021 | Wendi Hawthorne

A year after launching one of the world’s largest COVID-19 antibody surveys, Texas CARES, public health experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are estimating that over 75% of Texans have COVID-19 antibodies.

Group photo of professionals who attended the 2021 CCTS annual meeting in Houston. (Photo by Rogelio Castro/UTHealth)

Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences addresses COVID-19 health disparities in Texas

July 23, 2021 | Faith Harper

Projects of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences include several initiatives to address testing disparities in vulnerable and underserved populations across the state, including in the Houston metro area, in South Texas, and in East Texas and West Texas, which have higher rates of uninsured and African American populations.

Photo of Louise McCullough, MD, PhD, reaching out her pointer finger to the pointer finger of patient Sophia Holton.

Houston COVID-19 patient enrolls in biobank repository to help others suffering from chronic coronavirus symptoms

July 22, 2021 | Deborah Mann Lake

To create a COVID-19 biobank in April 2020, physicians and researchers in the Department of Neurology were able to quickly expand the department’s BioRepository of Neurological Disorders to collect samples and data from coronavirus patients hospitalized at Memorial Hermann Health System hospitals. 

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Cizik School of Nursing leadership student creates helpful COVID-19 resources

July 9, 2021 | Laura Frnka-Davis

“This past year, we’ve all been bombarded with information from so many different places,” said Steinhauser. “While much of this information may have come from well-meaning people, having a nurse as your information source meant you could trust what you were hearing. My experience as a nurse gave me the ability to synthesize the information and distill it into readable, easy-to-understand pieces.” 

About the Vaccine 

Below are frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Please return to this page often, as more information becomes available. Updated Nov. 4, 2021

1.

What vaccines are available?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older. The following vaccines are approved under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization: Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for ages 18 and up, Johnson and Johnson for ages 18 and up, and Pfizer for ages 5 and up.

2.

Will the vaccines protect me against the Delta variant?

The most effective way of combatting the Delta variant continues to be through vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccines approved for Emergency use authorization in the U.S. remain extremely effective at preventing severe COVID-19 disease and hospitalization.

These vaccines are extremely effective at keeping patients out of the hospital and at preventing death from COVID-19.

Breakthrough infections, where vaccinated people become ill, have occurred and are to be expected, but they are typically mild.

3.

Are the vaccines safe?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval process, even in an Emergency Use Authorization situation, prioritizes health and safety.

Both the Pfizer and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should not be administered to individuals with a known history of a severe allergic reaction to previous vaccines, to any component of the vaccine, or to the first dose of this vaccine, without additional clinical evaluation.

The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine is not recommended for individuals who have experienced an allergic reaction to any ingredient of their vaccine. Ingredients are listed on the J&J fact sheet above under patient resources.

Immunocompromised people, including individuals receiving immunosuppressant therapy, may have a diminished immune response.

Adverse reactions reported in vaccine trials were mild and included: injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever, injection site swelling, injection site redness, nausea, malaise (generally not feeling well), and lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes).

There is a remote chance the Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccines could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after receiving a dose. For this reason, the UTHealth Vaccine Hub will be monitoring patients after they receive their vaccine as per our safety protocol. Recipients are monitored between 15 to 30 minutes for reactions.

4.

How do I sign up to receive a vaccine through UTHealth and UT Physicians? *Updated*

UTHealth Vaccine Clinic is located in the UT Health Science Center Professional Building, 6410 Fannin St., Suite G-125 (in the parking garage).

The clinic is open Monday through Fridays, from 12:30 to 4:20 p.m.

Patients and community members may either schedule an appointment online or may choose to walk in.

5. Do COVID-19 vaccines give you COVID-19?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the virus that causes COVID-19.

6.

What should you mention to your vaccine provider before you receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Tell your vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you have allergies, fever, a bleeding disorder, pregnancy, breastfeeding, you have received another COVID-19 vaccine or you are immunocompromised.

7. Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant or nursing?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You may consult your health care provider about the vaccination if you have any additional questions or concerns, but it is not required.

8.

How long will my vaccine appointment take?

Once a vaccination appointment is made, please be sure to show up on time for the appointment. Doses are specifically scheduled to avoid waste, and the vaccine must be used within a specific timeframe.

The CDC recommends an observation period after receiving the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. For most people this will be 15 minutes after vaccine administration, and 30 minutes for people with a history of allergic reactions to vaccines.

9. If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that, regardless of a past COVID-19 infection, you get vaccinated, unless you have had this infection within the previous 10 days. In those cases, you should defer vaccination until fully recovered.

10. Can children receive
the vaccine? 

The FDA has authorized use of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in adults 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 5 and older.

11. How long will immunity last?

This is a question that has not yet been resolved; the medical community and vaccine producers will continue to study effectiveness and immunity levels to better understand the long-term vaccination strategy.

12. What if I opt out of getting vaccinated? 

Getting vaccinated is strongly encouraged, but is not mandatory. If you decline the vaccine now, that doesn’t mean you can’t get it in the future.

13. Is there a Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for the new COVID-19 vaccine?

When a vaccine is authorized under an EUA, they do not have an official Vaccine Information Statement. However, the FDA, together with the manufacturer, will provide a fact sheet when you are vaccinated. This fact sheet is similar to a standard Vaccine Information Sheet. Fact sheets on the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available on the FDA website.

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UTHealth Team Designs Face Shields for COVID-19 Response

With cake collar material, a three-hole punch, a scrapbooking paper trimmer, and the drive to protect those on the front lines of health care, a team from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has designed a face shield that can be used by thousands of providers in the Texas Medical Center.

UTHealth In the Headlines

UTHealth has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our experts have helped shape local and state responses to the pandemic, and our researchers have been conducting clinical trials and researching the mechanics of the virus.

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713-500-3030 or email Media.Relations@uth.tmc.edu.