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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

The ACU Medical Clinic stocks the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. They are administered in accordance with federal and state guidance as part of our plan to keep our students, faculty and staff safe from COVID-19.

When can I get vaccinated? 

All current students, faculty and staff can make an appointment online via the Patient Portal. Spouses and dependents can schedule appointments by calling the ACU Medical Clinic at 325-674-2625.

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District scheduling form is open for anyone who wants to receive the vaccine.

Why should I get vaccinated?

Vaccination can protect you from getting ill, and also spare your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers from the dangers of this disease. It will take all of us to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. When enough people are vaccinated, the spread from person-to-person becomes less frequent and increases the protection of the whole community. We need as many people as possible to be vaccinated to achieve this “community immunity.” Please see this guidance from the CDC on possible side effects after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. 

How can I stay healthy while I wait for the vaccine?

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should continue following all masking, social distancing and hand washing precautions. The vaccine will protect against, but not completely prevent, COVID-19. The vaccine is one more tool in our fight against the virus.

Do I still need to practice virus prevention measures after receiving my COVID-19 vaccine?

It could take approximately two weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or your single (only) dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for it to have its full impact on your body. The CDC has further guidance on how to protect yourself and others for those who have been fully vaccinated.

Is the vaccine required?

No. Vaccination is voluntary, but strongly encouraged.

What does it cost to get the vaccine?

The vaccine is free. If you have health insurance, the vaccine provider may bill the insurance carrier an administrative fee. If you do not have insurance, the vaccine provider may seek administrative reimbursement through funding made available via the federal CARES Act program. The ACU Medical Clinic will not charge an administrative fee.

Where can I find out more information? 

Visit acu.edu/coronavirus, Texas Dept. of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information and ongoing updates about COVID-19 and the vaccine.