Important notice for Tier 1a vaccine recipients

For Tier 1A vaccine recipients, please be aware that the first dose of vaccine will be provided through the end of the day, Wednesday, Dec. 23. At that time, vaccines will no longer be available for UT Health San Antonio health care personnel unless or until the organization receives another distribution. We do not have a confirmed distribution date at this time. You have been contacted directly to schedule your appointment. Please be aware of this impending deadline. Given the upcoming holidays, the uncertain delivery of the next distribution and timing of the two-shot administration, it could be weeks to months before you are protected.

You have only a few days left to schedule your vaccine with this first distribution. The throughput for the vaccine center, held in the easily accessible School of Nursing Hurd Auditorium, is excellent. You will not wait in long lines. Registration can be done within minutes. Again, please take advantage of the vaccine today. If you have any questions about the vaccine, please link to FAQs on our dedicated COVID-19 site. You can also email questions to This pandemic will not be over until most U.S. citizens are vaccinated. Let’s continue to set the example. Let’s do it together!

About vaccine recipient tiering (Prioritization of health care personnel)

The COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by the FDA and vaccine distribution is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Vaccination in the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program (Phase 1a) will be prioritized for both 1) health care personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities. Health care personnel are defined as paid and unpaid people serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. UT Health San Antonio has a tiered distribution system that will be executed using this prioritized system. Depending on the percentage of vaccine adoption in the first allotment, we may be able to provide vaccines to more of our health science center. If we have to tier or prioritize distribution, it will be as follows:

  1. Inpatient providers serving COVID-facing patients.
  2. Health care team members serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.

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