Dear UH Community,
In August, we launched the Cougar Vaccination Incentive Program (VIP) with great success. We are pleased to share with you that eight randomly selected students who voluntarily participated in the program were awarded additional incentives. One student received two semesters of paid tuition and fees, and another was awarded one semester of paid tuition and fees. In addition, five students and 10 employees won parking permits for the academic year. All winners have been notified and participants have received $50 in ShastaBUCKS added to their Cougar Card. We offer our thanks to all who made this important program a success by taking steps to protect yourselves, your colleagues, classmates and our community from COVID-19.
Last week (Oct. 21), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made an important announcement related to COVID-19 vaccines. Certain individuals who received a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are now eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their initial series. These include people who are:
For those of you who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for anyone 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
We strongly encourage all of you who meet the current eligibility requirements to consider getting a booster shot. If you have not yet been vaccinated, we urge you to consult with your doctor, review credible information and consider becoming vaccinated. Data suggest that vaccination is highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death.
The University of Houston has enjoyed a strong start to the fall semester and we are grateful to each of you who have played a pivotal role in keeping our COVID-19 cases relatively low.
Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Raymond S. Bartlett
Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance
Daniel M. Maxwell
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services