The start of the fall semester is just a few weeks away. Between now and Cougar Move-in beginning on August 18, 2021, we will be sharing important COVID-19 updates to assist with a smooth transition back to campus.
COVID-19 Precautions at UH
The University continues to monitor our situation carefully, including the increasing cases in Houston attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant, which is currently causing 83% of the COVID infections in the United States. We ask that you keep these prevention strategies in mind:
Vaccination is the leading prevention strategy to protect individuals from COVID-19 disease. Current COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States are safe and effective, widely accessible, and available at no cost. For example, a new study shows that the Pfizer vaccine is 88% effective in preventing symptomatic infection with the Delta variant. Please refer to the vaccine resource finder to confirm an appointment near you. Consider being vaccinated if you have not already done so.
The University continues to encourage those who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask, to protect themselves from being infected by others, and to prevent infecting others should they have an asymptomatic infection.
Although people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask according to CDC guidelines, you may choose to do so for an extra level of protection.
Free COVID-19 testing is available on campus from Curative at the walk-up kiosk located in front of the UH Student Center South, Monday through Friday. The testing service is available to faculty, staff, and students by appointment only.
Read the full message from Stephen J. Spann.
Get Fully Vaccinated by Semester Start
If you are still considering a vaccine, time is running out for you to be fully vaccinated before your return to campus and the start of classes on Aug. 23. Please do not wait until the beginning of the school year to think about getting vaccinated, as it could take as long as six weeks into the semester for you to be fully immunized.
These are six weeks that you are vulnerable to the virus. At best, even a mild case of COVID-19 causes you to feel bad and miss classes, adding the stressors of make-up classwork and exams to stay on track. And at worst, 99.5% of COVID-19 deaths in Texas since February were those who were unvaccinated.
Find a Vaccine
One great vaccine finder tool is now available - text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish, to get the contact information of three nearby locations with available vaccines, complete with transportation opportunities. On the University of Houston campus, vaccines are available at the Lone Star Circle of Care clinic located in the Health 2 building. Call 346-348-1200 for more information.
Read the full message from Suzy Harrington.
The University has worked hard to keep itself as safe and secure as possible and we realize many of you may still have questions. Please refer to our COVID-19 website for additional information.
Stay Informed About COVID-19 Updates
If you need assistance, Student Housing & Residential Life staff are here and ready to support you.