About the Vaccine

This page was last updated on Aug. 16, 2021.

Vaccine Scheduling for Employees

UTSW employees can schedule their vaccination on our intranet (VPN required).

Vaccine Scheduling for Adult Texans (Age 16 and Up)

UT Southwestern is pleased to now offer immediate first-dose scheduling.

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

UT Southwestern follows state guidance and the Executive Order of the Governor which at this time focuses on encouraging vaccination and personal choice. 

In line with the most recent guidance, we continue to require masking in our clinical facilities.

MyChart Registration Required

To receive the vaccine, you must be registered in MyChart. 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?

All Texas adults (ages 16 and up) now qualify for vaccination, regardless of medical background or occupation.

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 1C

People 50 to 64 years of age

Distribution Phase: Open to all Adults

As of Monday, March 29, all Texas adults now qualify for vaccination, regardless of medical background or occupation.

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

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 Recommendations

Following vaccination, it is critical that we continue to wear masks, maintain physical distancing, and practice other nonpharmacological interventions to protect our vulnerable patient population and others.

UT Southwestern strongly encourages students, faculty, staff, and guests to wear masks in nonclinical areas of our campus. However, wearing a mask is still required within William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and all other clinical facilities.

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.


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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