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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Updated 1/20/2021
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Vaccinating our patients for COVID-19

Baylor Scott & White is now vaccinating patients and community members eligible for Phase 1B—those at highest risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19—in addition to inoculating those in Phase 1A. We are currently reaching out to eligible patients to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at one of our state-designated HUB locations in Collin and Dallas counties or at a designated outpatient site.

Please note we have limited doses of the vaccine, which we receive on a rolling basis. We are administering doses as quickly as possible.

Individuals without an appointment will not be able to walk up to receive a vaccine. More information on how to schedule an appointment will be shared in the coming days.

In the meantime, the easiest way to be notified of vaccine availability and eligibility is with an active MyBSWHealth account. To create your free account:

If you already have an account, log in to update your contact information today.

You can also call 1.844.BSW.VACC (1.844.279.8222) for more information or sign up to receive vaccine updates on our form below.

Your patience is appreciated as we work quickly to vaccinate as many Texans as possible. Please continue to follow the recommended guidelines of physical distancing, masking and hand hygiene.

A physician at Baylor Scott & White Health prepares a COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine: Frequently asked questions

Baylor Scott & White Health and the COVID-19 vaccine

We are vaccinating existing Baylor Scott & White patients who fall into Phase 1B, as informed by federal and state guidelines — those 65 and older and 16 years of age and older with certain high-risk medical conditions.

We will be reaching out to eligible patients to schedule an appointment, as supply allows. Your provider may contact you through MyBSWHealth, via email or by phone. While we are eager to vaccinate BSWH patients, the supply on hand today is limited. As additional doses become available to us, we will continue to administer them as quickly as possible.

Additional phases will be determined by the Texas Department of State Health Services based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You can sign up here for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

You can also Download the app or visit MyBSWHealth.com. If you already have a MyBSWHealth account, log in to update your contact and insurance information today. Your MyBSWHealth account can help you get virtual care for a variety of health needs, including a COVID-19 screening and support for mild COVID-19 symptoms. You can also schedule a same-day appointment or begin an eVisit through the app.

Distribution and availability will be coordinated by our vaccination taskforce in accordance with federal and state guidelines. The CDC has determined the groups who will receive the vaccine first, and we will follow these guidelines. The Texas Department of State Health Services will determine allocations and define patient populations by phase: Phase 1a and 1b distributions are intended for healthcare personnel, residents and employees of long-term care facilities (e.g., nursing homes), people at risk for severe illness (65+, underlying medical condition) and other vulnerable frontline workers (first responders, teachers).

At this time, we are receiving an allocation of both the Modern and Pfizer vaccines which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We will be reaching out to eligible patients to schedule an appointment, as supply allows. Your provider may contact you through MyBSWHealth, via email or by phone.

While we are eager to vaccinate BSWH patients, the supply on hand today is limited. As additional doses become available to us, we will continue to administer them as quickly as possible.

You can sign up here for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

You can also Download the app or visit MyBSWHealth.com. If you already have a MyBSWHealth account, log in to update your contact and insurance information today. Your MyBSWHealth account can help you get virtual care for a variety of health needs, including a COVID-19 screening and support for mild COVID-19 symptoms. You can also schedule a same-day appointment or begin an eVisit through the app.

Baylor Scott & White will not be maintaining waitlists for the vaccine. We will be vaccinating eligible patients in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Our dedicated webpage is the best source of information for you to learn more about when we will be prepared to distribute the vaccine to the public.

You can sign up here for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

You can also Download the app or visit MyBSWHealth.com. If you already have a MyBSWHealth account, log in to update your contact and insurance information today. Your MyBSWHealth account can help you get virtual care for a variety of health needs, including a COVID-19 screening and support for mild COVID-19 symptoms. You can also schedule a same-day appointment or begin an eVisit through the app.

Yes, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the most important steps to protect yourself and our community.

The community can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands often and practicing physical distancing.

You can sign up here for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

You can also Download the app or visit MyBSWHealth.com. If you already have a MyBSWHealth account, log in to update your contact and insurance information today. Your MyBSWHealth account can help you get virtual care for a variety of health needs, including a COVID-19 screening and support for mild COVID-19 symptoms. You can also schedule a same-day appointment or begin an eVisit through the app.

The link is intended for you only and cannot be forwarded or transferred. While we are eager to vaccinate patients, the supply on hand today is limited. As additional doses become available to us, we will continue to administer them as quickly as possible. If you or your family member has the opportunity to receive the vaccine at a non-Baylor Scott & White facility, we encourage you to do so. Please retain documentation of your vaccination for your Baylor Scott & White Health provider.

There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccine or its administration.

About the COVID-19 vaccine

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the most important steps to protect yourself and our community.

Approving safe vaccines and making sure they work is up to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Advisory Committee and other groups look at available information about a vaccine and make informed decisions about the risks and benefits of using it. We also have an internal team of experts who review available data before we recommend it.

The Food and Drug Administration and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices review the safety data for vaccines. We also have an internal team of experts who review available data. We will have more details and data to share as specific vaccine information is published.

Side effects that have been reported with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine include:

  • Injection site pain
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Injection site swelling
  • Injection site redness
  • Náusea
  • Feeling unwell
  • Swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)

There is a remote chance the COVID-19 vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, swelling of your face and throat, a fast heartbeat, a bad rash all over your body, dizziness and weakness. Read more here.

For information on adverse reactions, please review the FDA fact sheets for the Moderna vaccine and/or the Pfizer vaccine.

According to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, pregnant and breastfeeding women are not excluded from receiving the vaccine, but they should consult their physician prior to being vaccinated.

In an emergency, like a pandemic, and following a thorough review, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) can make a determination to release a vaccine, product or medication to diagnose, treat or prevent a serious condition, like COVID-19, when there are no other available alternatives.

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

There is no out-of-pocket cost for the COVID-19 vaccine or its administration.

Yes. If you received the first dose of the vaccine from one manufacturer (Pfizer or Moderna), you must receive the second dose from the same manufacturer.

Yes. At this time, there is not enough information to know if those who are vaccinated can still carry and transmit COVID-19 to others.

Patient groups and the COVID-19 vaccine

The following patients are not eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Patients with confirmed COVID-19 and are symptomatic or have flu-like symptoms (fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue) will need to get their vaccine when they are no longer sick. Please consult with your doctor to discuss the appropriate timing for getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Patients who are asymptomatic or no longer have COVID-19 symptoms may get the vaccine
  • Patients who have received another vaccine in the last 14 days will need to wait until the full 14 days have passed before getting the COVID-19 vaccine
  • For patients who have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine – including polyethylene glycol/PEG (found in medications such as laxatives and colonoscopy preparations) or polysorbate – or another vaccine or injectable medication, the CDC recommends against getting either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines
  • The CDC recommends that patients who had a severe allergic reaction after getting the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine do not get the second dose
  • Patients who have received monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 treatment in the past 90 days

Yes. People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 mayo still benefit from getting vaccinated. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19, and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. However, if you have active symptoms of COVID-19, it is not recommended you get the vaccine until you are no longer symptomatic. In addition, if you have received convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies as part of a positive COVID-19 treatment, it is recommended you wait 90 days to receive the vaccine.

The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine in individuals 16 years of age and older, and the Moderna vaccine in individuals 18 years of age and older.

We are vaccinating existing Baylor Scott & White patients who fall into Phase 1B, as informed by federal and state guidelines — those 65 and older and 16 years of age and older with certain high-risk medical conditions.

We will be reaching out to eligible patients to schedule an appointment, as supply allows. Your provider may contact you through MyBSWHealth, via email or by phone.

While we are eager to vaccinate BSWH patients, the supply on hand today is limited. As additional doses become available to us, we will continue to administer them as quickly as possible.

You can sign up here for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

You can also Download the app or visit MyBSWHealth.com. If you already have a MyBSWHealth account, log in to update your contact and insurance information today. Your MyBSWHealth account can help you get virtual care for a variety of health needs, including a COVID-19 screening and support for mild COVID-19 symptoms. You can also schedule a same-day appointment or begin an eVisit through the app.

In line with state and federal guidelines, at this time, we are vaccinating those who are eligible in Phases 1A and 1B.

Additional phases will be determined by the Texas Department of State Health Services based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You can sign up here for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

You can also Download the app or visit MyBSWHealth.com. If you already have a MyBSWHealth account, log in to update your contact and insurance information today. Your MyBSWHealth account can help you get virtual care for a variety of health needs, including a COVID-19 screening and support for mild COVID-19 symptoms. You can also schedule a same-day appointment or begin an eVisit through the app.

We are vaccinating existing Baylor Scott & White patients who fall into Phase 1B, as informed by federal and state guidelines — those 65 and older and those 16 years of age and older with certain high-risk medical conditions.

We will be reaching out to eligible patients to schedule an appointment, as supply allows. Your provider may contact you through MyBSWHealth, via email or by phone.

While we are eager to vaccinate BSWH patients, the supply on hand today is limited. As additional doses become available to us, we will continue to administer them as quickly as possible.

Possibly, however, if you have had severe reactions in the past to IV medications or vaccines, you will need to be observed for 30 minutes post-vaccination. The second dose is not recommended if you have a severe allergic reaction to the first dose. If you have an immediate allergic reaction to the first dose, we recommend you speak with your physician before proceeding with the second dose.

In line with state and federal guidelines, at this time, we are vaccinating those who are eligible in Phases 1A and 1B.

We will be reaching out to eligible patients to schedule an appointment, as supply allows. Your provider may contact you through MyBSWHealth, via email or by phone.

While we are eager to vaccinate BSWH patients, the supply on hand today is limited. As additional doses become available to us, we will continue to administer them as quickly as possible.

Given the limited supply of vaccine, at this time, BSWH is immunizing established patients in Phase 1B (those 65 and older and 16 years of age and older with certain medical conditions) as quickly as our vaccine supply allows. At this time, you may want to contact another pharmacy or your county health department to schedule a vaccine based on supply availability.

You can sign up here for the latest updates, which will help keep you informed on vaccine availability.

You can also Download the app or visit MyBSWHealth.com. If you already have a MyBSWHealth account, log in to update your contact and insurance information today. Your MyBSWHealth account can help you get virtual care for a variety of health needs, including a COVID-19 screening and support for mild COVID-19 symptoms. You can also schedule a same-day appointment or begin an eVisit through the app.

While we are receiving an allocation of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, we cannot guarantee a particular vaccine’s availability at a particular site, as the state determines where vaccines are distributed.

The most important thing is that you get vaccinated. While we are working to vaccinate all our patients as soon as possible, we understand that in some instances other vaccine providers may be able to vaccinate you sooner. If you choose to get vaccinated at a non-BSWH location, please retain documentation of your vaccination for your BSWH provider and remember to get both doses of the vaccine.

Once we receive additional supply and have vaccinated all of our frontline caregivers and healthcare workers, we will work to make the vaccine available to priority patients and community members as quickly and conveniently as possible.

While Baylor Scott & White Health will follow the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan outlined by the state of Texas, we encourage you to review your state’s local distribution plan to understand when the vaccine will be made available to you.

Those interested in receiving vaccine updates from Baylor Scott & White Health can submit contact information here:

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Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas

Find a COVID-19 vaccination hub provider

 
 

Below is a table of non-Baylor Scott & White vaccine hub providers in counties across Texas. If you have the opportunity to get vaccinated sooner at a different location before Baylor Scott & White can offer you an appointment, we encourage you to do so.

County

Provider Public Phone Number

Bell

Bell County Public Health District | Visit website

254.933.5203

Bexar

San Antonio Metro Health District | Visit website

210.207.6000, option 8

Cameron

Cameron County Public Health | Visit website

956.247.3650

Dallas

Dallas County Health And Human Services | Visit website

972.692.2780

Denton

Denton County Public Health | Visit website

940.349.2585

El Paso

City of El Paso Fire Department | Visit website

915.212.6843

Harris

Harris County Public Health | Visit website

 

Harris

Houston Health Department | Visit website

 

Hidalgo

Hidalgo County Health and Human Services | Visit website

956.292.7765

Lubbock

City of Lubbock Health Department | Visit website

806.775.2933

McLennan

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District | Visit website

254.750.1890

Nueces

Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District | Visit website

361.826.7200, option 2

Potter

Amarillo Public Health Department | Visit website

806.378.6300

Smith

Northeast Texas Public Health District | Visit website

903.535.0020

Tarrant

Tarrant County Public Health | Visit website

817.248.6299, option 7

Travis

Austin Public Health | Visit website

512.972.5560

Webb

City Of Laredo Health Department | Visit website

956.795.4920

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