Report your COVID-19 vaccination
If you’ve already received your vaccine, we need your help:
- Once you are partially or fully vaccinated, remember to fill out the self-reporting tool – and keep it up to date if a second dose is required – on the Mustang Strong vaccine page.
- Your voluntary submission of this information is important for two primary reasons:
- It will help the University understand how many vaccines to request from the state of Texas each week.
- It may also help inform decisions about when it may be appropriate to make changes to campus-wide pandemic operations.
- It will not be used to communicate to you directly about your own vaccine status.
- Unsure of what activities are safe after you are vaccinated? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer guidelines for what vaccinated individuals may do.
- Regardless of the manufacturer, remember that it takes about two weeks after receiving the final dose to be considered fully vaccinated.
New individuals now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
Even though SMU is still waiting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on campus, you might be eligible to receive it elsewhere. In the last few weeks, the state of Texas has made a handful of changes to its qualifying groups.
- Phase 1B in Texas was expanded to include individuals who teach or are staff members in K-12 schools, day cares or preschools.
- As of this week, individuals who are 50 years old and above can now sign up to receive the vaccine under new Phase 1C rules.
- If you are unsure which phase you fall into, the eligibility survey on the Mustang Strong vaccine page may be a helpful resource for you.
- If you qualify now, check with your primary care doctor, participating pharmacy or county website to sign up for the vaccine. You can view a list of helpful resources and vaccine portals here.
- And remember to let us know when you do get it.
If you are interested in tracking how many individuals in the state have received the vaccine, the Texas Department of State Health Services provides information through their website. National numbers are available through the CDC.
News and notes
- SMU is reducing its isolation capacity from 147 to 131 units while maintaining the flexibility to quickly add more if needed.
- The change comes amid reduced COVID-19 cases on campus, and to accommodate a small number of students displaced by February’s winter storms.
- Student Affairs sent an email last week detailing eased restrictions to residential housing and student events, moving from orange designation to yellow. Here are some highlights of what that means:
- Certain indoor activities for student events are now allowed with proper social distancing and COVID-19 protocols.
- All yellow designation details are available on the Student Affairs website.
- The student event category range – red, orange, yellow, green – is separate from the overall University Operational levels, but aligns closely with them.
- Students living in the Residential Commons and upper-division housing are now allowed to have guests in their residential facilities with some conditions.
- If you have questions about what this change means for you and your unique space, contact your Residential Community Director to get apartment-specific guidance.
- Movie nights on the lawn, catching up with friends who studied virtually this past year, exploring the city of Dallas – what are you most looking forward to this fall when SMU plans to return to a more normal academic year?
- Share your thoughts – or view your friends’ submissions – on SMU’s Spring Forward Capsule.
- Your video could be featured across SMU’s website and social media platforms.