Summer COVID-19 vaccinations and testing at the health center

The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center continues to offer COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 testing for members of the SMU community during the summer months. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to all current and incoming students, SMU employees and their spouses/dependents. An appointment is required and may be scheduled through the health portal or by calling the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center at 214-768-2141 (option 1).

SMU strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccine has shown to be safe and highly effective at protecting against COVID-19 and preventing its spread.

Vaccinations moving inside the Health Center

The vaccination tent will be removed on Monday, June 21. Moving forward COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered to patients inside the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. As a reminder, face coverings are required inside the Health Center.

Accessing your immunization record

If you or a family member received your COVID-19 vaccine at SMU, a record of the vaccination is maintained by the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Individuals can access their vaccination records online at any time, through the health portal by following these instructions.

Vaccine Reporting

After receiving the vaccine, please remember to fill out the self-reporting tool on the Mustang Strong vaccine page. Your voluntary submission of this information is critically important to manage the health and safety of our community, and helps inform future decisions about additional operational changes to the campus.

Testing

COVID-19 testing is available at the Health Center for SMU students, faculty, staff and their dependents . Call 214-768-2141 to schedule an appointment.

June COVID-19 campus updates and reminders

May 27, 2021

Dear SMU Community Member,

As SMU moves toward a fully in-person semester this fall, updates and modifications will be communicated during the summer months. Most of the changes were already shared in a letter from President Turner and are detailed in the “operations at a glance” grid that accompanied it. Here are some updates and reminders for Summer I – June term:

SMU moves to “low” operational level

After following guidelines under the University’s COVID-19 operational levels of “high” or “moderate” for more than a year, on June 1 the campus will move to “low,” which means a return to near regular activities. This designation means vaccines are widely available and infection rates are low, allowing prevention practices to be gradually lifted. The full, updated 2021 COVID-19 Operations Plan and other information about campus pandemic resources and responses can be viewed on the Mustang Strong website.

Restrictions lifted on domestic travel

Domestic travel for University-sanctioned activities is moving to Phase 4. Restrictions are no longer in place for students or employees traveling for academic and extracurricular purposes that are sanctioned by SMU. For international travel details, please visit the Global Preparedness & Response page.

Masks and distancing

Campus buildings are returning to regular occupancy levels. Instructors will notify students attending in-person prior to the start of class and include information in their course syllabus if masks are required in their classrooms.

Signs on campus about masks and distancing are being replaced with new signage displaying a QR Code that links to the most up-to-date COVID-19 requirements on campus. While masks are no longer required in campus buildings or offices, some people may not be vaccinated and/or may choose to wear a mask for their own protection and that of others. Please be respectful of individual responses to pandemic health concerns.

Vaccine and testing on campus

SMU strongly encourages students and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center continues to offer the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine as well as the Pfizer vaccine, as an alternative, for the campus community and SMU employee dependents (age 12 and up).

Vaccines will continue to be available by appointment from the Health Center throughout the summer. The SMU Vaccination Tent will be removed in mid-June and all vaccines will be administered in the Health Center. After receiving the vaccine – whether on campus or at another location – please record your status in the self-reporting tool on the vaccine page of the Mustang Strong website. Submitting this information is voluntary and helpful in managing the health and safety of the SMU community.

The health center will also continue to offer COVID-19 testing for students and employees over the summer. The on-campus drive-thru test site at Expressway Towers will close on May 28, but employees can still get free tests at other Virtual Care for Families locations around the DFW area.

SMU faculty, staff, and students who test positive for COVID-19 or are close contacts of a known-positive case, must report that information to the University. Employees can utilize the SMU Health Reporting form. Students should submit a CCC form. Links to both forms are also on the Mustang Strong website.

Case count dashboard/symptom checker email

The COVID-19 dashboard that displays case counts and isolation/quarantine numbers has recorded no new cases since May 4. Updates to the site dashboard will move from daily to weekly – every Thursday – while the counts remain low.

The daily symptom checker will no longer be emailed, but students and employees should continue to monitor their health and get a COVID-19 test, if needed.

For more information

As the campus makes this transition to regular operations, please check the Mustang Strong website frequently for the latest updates and more information about SMU’s response to COVID-19.

Convenient, one-dose J&J vaccine now available at Health Center

The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center is now offering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine for the campus community.

Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the J&J vaccine only requires one dose and is an especially convenient for individuals who need to be fully vaccinated before traveling. The J&J vaccine is approved for individuals 18 years of age and older. Please follow this link to schedule an appointment. 

The Health Center will continue to offer the Pfizer vaccine upon request and for dependents of SMU employees who are 12 years of age and older.

Accessing your immunization record

If you received your COVID-19 vaccine at SMU, a record of your vaccination is maintained by the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. You are able to access your vaccination record online at any time, and print it for your use, through the Health Portal by following these instructions.

Vaccine self-reporting tool

If you are a current SMU faculty, student or staff member, and you’ve already received your partial or full COVID-19 vaccination series, please fill out the self-reporting tool on the Mustang Strong’s vaccine page.

Your voluntary submission of this information is critically important to manage the health and safety of the SMU community. This information will be used to assess the quantity of vaccines SMU will request from the State of Texas, and may also help inform decisions about additional operational changes to the campus.

Vaccinations For SMU Dependents As Young As 12 Now Available At Health Center

The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center is now offering the Pfizer vaccine for dependents of SMU employees who are 12 years of age and older.

Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approved expanded usage of the Pfizer vaccine in children as young as 12.

You can schedule a vaccination appointment for your dependent through the Health Center Portal using your SMU credentials or by calling 214-768-2141. A parent or guardian must be physically present during the vaccination of a minor.

Accessing your immunization record

If you received your COVID-19 vaccine at SMU, a record of your vaccination is maintained by the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. You are able to access your vaccination record online at any time, and print it for your use, through the Health Center Portal by following these instructions.

Amazon Gift Card Opportunity from SMU

Update: The offer detailed below expired on Saturday, May 15, 2021. While returning students are still encouraged to voluntarily update their vaccine status through the same portal, the Amazon gift card incentive is no longer available.

April 27, 2021

Dear Mustang,

Greetings from the Office of the Dean of Students! I hope your spring semester is wrapping up successfully and you are looking forward to some well-deserved rest and rejuvenation.

As you know, SMU is reviewing operations and making plans. Having a good understanding of how many members of our campus community have been vaccinated will help inform key operational decisions for the summer and fall terms.

Therefore – and through consultation with SMU CAN, SMU is offering a one-time $10 electronic Amazon gift card to students in appreciation for registering their COVID-19 vaccine status in the self-reporting tool on the Mustang Strong vaccine page.

We appreciate your taking the time to participate. You’ll be asked:

  • if you have received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • plan to get the vaccine eventually
  • are undecided
  • do not intend to receive it

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE NOW

Once you have completed the reporting tool, you will receive the e-gift card regardless of your response and vaccine intention. Please watch your SMU email address for an Amazon email with a Mustang Strong logo.

You are also eligible for this thank you gift if you already reported your vaccine status on the Mustang Strong vaccine page. You will receive an email asking if you would like to receive the one-time $10 Amazon e-gift card for your response. Just reply “yes” and watch for it to arrive in your inbox.

SMU is planning for our traditional in-person classes and on-campus activities this fall with a continued commitment to the health and safety of our students and employees. Thank you for doing your part in helping SMU stay Mustang Strong.

Pony Up!

Melinda J. Sutton, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

and Dean of Students

Moderna Vaccine Availability at Urgent Care for Kids Clinics for SMU Employees and Dependents

Dear SMU Employees-

Our partners at Urgent Care for Kids have notified us that they are providing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at two of their DFW clinic locations: Plano and Alliance (Ft. Worth).  The Moderna vaccine is approved for individuals who are 18 years of age or older.

SMU employees and their dependents who wish to receive the vaccine should visit the Urgent Care for Kids website to register for an appointment. Book your appointment as soon as possible as vaccine supplies are limited.

If you have already received a partial or full COVID-19 vaccination series, please complete the self-reporting tool on the Mustang Strong’s vaccine page.

Your voluntary submission of this information is critically important to manage the health and safety of the SMU community. This information will be used to assess the quantity of vaccines SMU will request from the State of Texas, and may also help inform decisions about operational changes to the campus.

We express our gratitude to Urgent Care for Kids for providing our employees with another option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

SMU Human Resources

First-dose Vaccines Still Available to SMU Community

Dear SMU Community,

A limited number of first doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine are still available this week at the SMU vaccination site for students, faculty and staff, as well as benefits-eligible spouses and dependents. Retired SMU employees are also now eligible to receive the first dose of the vaccine on campus.

First Dose Scheduling

If you are a current student, faculty or staff member registering for your first dose, please follow this link to reserve a time that will work for your schedule as soon as possible.

Individuals without SMU credentials (SMU ID number), should go to this portal to make an appointment. If you have any difficulties, please contact the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center at 214- 768-2141.

If you will be leaving the campus at the end of the semester, please schedule your appointment as soon as possible to allow time to receive the second dose in three weeks as recommended or make alternative plans to receive it elsewhere.

Second Dose Scheduling

If you got your first vaccine during the initial distribution from March 29­ through April 5, it’s time to schedule your second one. Following the recommended 21-day timing, registration is currently available through April 26 for your second dose. A separate invitation will be sent next week to individuals who received their first dose on or after Friday, April 9.

Appointment Information

Both first and second doses of the vaccine are administered by appointment only at the vaccination site on the northwest side of the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Please bring a physical copy of your vaccine record card and a photo ID with you at your scheduled time. More information about your appointment, including parking information, is available on this page.

Vaccine Reporting

Once you are fully vaccinated, please remember to fill out the self-reporting tool on the Mustang Strong vaccine page. Your voluntary submission is critical to helping the University assess campus operational changes and vaccine quantities to request from the state of Texas.

Vaccine Appointments Still Available On Campus

April 12, 2021

Dear SMU Community,

Appointments are still open for current SMU students, faculty, adjunct instructors and staff to receive their COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at the on-campus vaccination site.

Scheduling is easy through the registration portal, and the vaccination process is fast, with most appointments sailing through in about 20 minutes.

These open slots, primarily available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week, are for individuals who have not started their vaccine treatment. If you’ve received a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine elsewhere, please reach out to your initial provider about scheduling your second dose.

Completed your first shot? Fully vaccinated? Remember to fill out the reporting tool to help the University determine how many vaccines to request and make informed decisions about operational changes to the campus.

More Vaccines Coming to SMU Vaccination Site

SMU is receiving another round of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for distribution to our University community through the vaccination site near the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Once again, all SMU faculty, staff and students are eligible.

Vaccination appointments are by appointment only on a first-come, first-serve basis. Online registration is now open to schedule vaccinations beginning on Friday, April 9.

This additional supply, a transfer allotment from Dallas County, is 1,170 “first doses” of the Pfizer vaccine, along with an equal number of “second doses” to provide required follow-up shots in 21 days.

Please use this registration link to schedule a vaccination appointment. The registration button is also on the Mustang Strong vaccine page along with information about what to expect on the day of your appointment. If you have trouble registering, reach out to the Help Desk at 8-HELP (4357). Here is some additional information for your consideration:

  • Students who are planning to leave at the end of the semester should make their first dose appointment by April 16 in order to receive a second dose on campus at (or by the CDC recommended follow-up date).
  • If you have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at SMU’s vaccination site, you’ll be contacted soon to schedule your second dose.
  • SMU does not currently have second-dose vaccines available for individuals who have already received their first shot at another location. If your first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine was administered elsewhere, please reach out to your initial vaccine provider to complete your treatment.
  • Spouses and dependents of SMU employees are not currently eligible to register but will have an opportunity at a later date

In addition to the on-campus vaccination site, all SMU students, staff and faculty may also register for the vaccine through the Methodist Health System. Once you receive your vaccine, remember to fill out the reporting tool, which will help the University determine how many vaccines to request and inform decisions about operational changes to the campus.

Even if you have received a vaccine, please continue to follow all safety measures as you finish out the spring semester. Wear your mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands often. Pony up and Stay Mustang Safe.

Vaccine Scheduling Now Available at SMU

March 26, 2021

Dear SMU Community,

It’s here!  SMU is pleased to announce the campus is receiving an allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine for distribution to our University community. All SMU faculty, staff and students are eligible. Online registration will open at noon today, March 26, to schedule vaccination appointments beginning Monday, March 29. Vaccinations will be administered by appointment only at the SMU COVID-19 vaccination site on the northwest side of the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.  

SMU’s initial allotment will be 1,170 “first doses” of the Pfizer vaccine and an equal number of “second doses” designated for the required follow-up appointments. Please use this registration link to schedule a vaccination appointment which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration button is also on the Mustang Strong vaccine page along with information about what to expect on the day of your appointment. If you have trouble registering, reach out to the Help Desk at 8-HELP (4357).

SMU does not currently have second-dose vaccines available for individuals who have already received their first shot of Pfizer or Moderna elsewhere, so please reach out to your initial vaccine provider to complete your treatment. Spouses and dependents of SMU employees and retirees are not currently eligible to register but may be at a later date

In addition to the on-campus vaccinations, all SMU students, staff and faculty may also register for the vaccine through the Methodist Health System. If the MHS system is full, please check that site frequently as more appointments will become available as supplies increase.

SMU has no information yet on when additional allotments of the vaccine might arrive on campus, so your patience is still needed. Please continue to wear your mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and remember to fill out the reporting tool once you receive your vaccine on the Mustang Strong vaccine website. Doing so will help the University determine how many vaccines to request and may help inform decisions about operational changes to the campus.

SMU Releases New Vaccination Self-Reporting Survey

Dear SMU Community,

Like most universities in Texas, we’re patiently waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine allotment from the state. With this past weekend’s news of the Food and Drug Administration granting Emergency Use Authorization of Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine candidate, we’re optimistic some of the supply issues are being alleviated.

Each week, SMU requests an allotment from the State of Texas. To assess the quantity and doses that best meet the needs of our campus, it is important to know how many people have already been vaccinated or are scheduled to get either a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson or the first and/or second doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Please take a minute to fill out the self-reporting survey on this page – and keep it up to date – to report your vaccination progress.

Also, if you receive the vaccine in the future at an off-campus location, please update your vaccination status by completing the same survey. If you have not received the vaccine and are still unsure about which eligibility phase you fall into, the guided survey on the same page may also be helpful for you.

Providing information for this survey is voluntary, but is critically important to SMU’s efforts to manage the health and safety of the SMU community. Your willingness to assist SMU by sharing your vaccine status is appreciated.

Thank you for your cooperation.  

SMU COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Dear SMU Community,

Welcome back to the Hilltop for the spring 2021 semester. Many of you have been asking when the COVID-19 vaccine will arrive on campus and how it will be distributed to our SMU community. It’s not here yet. SMU has requested allocations under the state’s first and second distribution phases but has not received confirmation of when we might receive our first allotment or how many doses to expect.

Last week, the state updated its ordering system, and the University made the required formal request through that process. Rest assured, when the vaccine does arrive, we’ll be ready. You may have noticed the large white tent near the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center that will serve as our campus Vaccination Site. We have our system in place and will follow state guidelines in making the vaccine available, beginning with the 1A phase designated for campus health care workers and police. Next, the 1B phase will prioritize people 65+ and/or those with underlying medical conditions who are directly on campus. Students who fit in this category are also included along with faculty and staff.

For more details on how it will work, check out the new vaccination page on the Mustang Strong website. You’ll soon find a survey to help determine your eligibility phase, as well as steps on how to register for and receive the vaccine when the time comes. It also contains answers to frequently asked questions you may have. A map is available to help you find the Vaccination Site and additional parking spaces if needed.

Please note, we will not be registering for or scheduling vaccination appointments until the vaccine arrives on campus. However, you can help our planning efforts by confirming that your contact information is up to date in SMU’s registry. The Health Center will be using your mobile number and SMU email for communications regarding your appointment. To update your information, go to my.smu.edu, click on the Profile tile to review, and verify it. If incorrect, click ‘change number’ and make the necessary edits so that you can be sure to receive notifications about the vaccine.

While we hope to be offering the vaccines on campus in the near future, we encourage you to take advantage of the first opportunity to get it regardless of whether it is through SMU or another provider. Visit the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map for additional vaccination sites and availability.

Along with COVID-19 testing for students available through the Health Center, another quick and easy option for the next month is the Curative kiosk. It uses a self-administered oral swab to collect the test sample at no cost to SMU students, faculty, staff as well as the public. Appointments are required, and you will be asked to provide insurance. Testing is available seven days a week at the kiosk located near the Airline Parking structure at 6501 Airline Court. When you go for the test, scan the QR code on the sign to share your results with SMU.

Whether you’ve received the vaccine or are still waiting to get it, it’s important to continue with the healthy behaviors outlined in our Pledge to Protect. Mask up and Pony up to Stay Mustang Strong.

Sincerely,

Randolph Jones

Executive Director, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center

SMU COVID-19 Vaccination Plans

January 8, 2021

Dear SMU Community,

SMU has received approval from the state to be a COVID-19 vaccination provider for the campus community. Initial supplies allocated to our campus have not arrived yet but are expected in the near future. The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center will administer the vaccine in phases according to the state’s vaccination plan. The first phase (1A) allotment of a limited supply of doses is designated for campus health care workers and SMU police.

As SMU receives additional allotments, distribution to the campus community will follow the state’s 1B guidelines which prioritize both people who are 65 and older and/or who have at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk from COVID-19. This includes students, faculty and staff who fall into either category. SMU employees who were required to work on campus during the pandemic’s “essential workers only” operation last spring are eligible to receive the vaccine next in this phase of distribution.

State health officials have emphasized that no vaccine should be kept in reserve. The University will, therefore, make the vaccine available to next-level eligibility groups once the current phase has been served rather than allowing vaccines to expire.

Plans are in place to offer the vaccine to all faculty, staff, adjunct faculty and students as well as dependents of SMU employees and retirees as supplies become available. However, we encourage you to take advantage of the first opportunity to receive the vaccine regardless of whether it is through SMU or another provider. Check with your primary care physician or pharmacist or visit the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map for additional vaccination sites and availability.

More information on when the allotments will arrive on campus as well as how to register for the vaccine will be forthcoming. SMU strongly encourages every member of our campus community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to stay Mustang Strong.

Sincerely,

Dr. Randy Jones

Executive Director Health Services

Dr. Bob Smith Health Center, SMU

COVID-19 Vaccinations Coming to SMU

Dear SMU Community,

SMU is pleased to announce that the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center will be a provider of the COVID-19 vaccination for the campus community. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved an emergency authorization for a vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech.

The Texas Department of State Health Services will be laying out specific procedures and timelines for distribution. Initial allocation of doses will be limited and will focus on health care workers (starting with inpatient facilities), frontline responders and vulnerable/high risk populations.  

Our Health Center will administer the vaccine in phases according to the State’s guiding principles for distribution. Supplies allocated to our campus are not expected until after the first of the year, but vaccination plans are in place for when they arrive. Our campus health care workers and frontline responders – Health Center employees and SMU police ­– will receive the initial allotment of vaccines, followed by members of the SMU community, as directed by county and state health officials. Plans are in place to make the vaccination available to spouses and dependents of SMU employees as well.

More information on what to expect and how to register for the vaccine will be forthcoming, but we wanted to let you know that SMU is making this important preventive measure available to our employees and students. We strongly encourage all members of the SMU community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when available, and help us all stay Mustang Strong.

Sincerely,

Randy Jones

Executive Director, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center