University of Houston-Victoria

COVID-19

Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can the university require the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: No. Since the vaccine has only been approved on an emergency basis, it cannot be required.

Q: Does the university require proof of vaccination for any reason, or can a supervisor request proof of vaccination for any reason?
A: No. The vaccine will not be required by the university under any circumstances and will not be expected as part of the process of returning to work, nor will it be a condition of employment.

Q: Can the university recommend the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Yes. The university can recommend and encourage individuals to strongly consider getting the vaccine.

Q: If the university offers COVID-19 vaccines, is the information gathered confidential?
A: Yes. This is protected health information. Here is more information about health information privacy.

Q: As a supervisor, may I ask who has had the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: No. You should not ask whether any employee has had the vaccine.

Q: If an employee tells me he has received the vaccine, can I share that information?
A: No. You should not share that information.

Q: If an employee tells me he will not get the vaccine, can I share that information?
A: No. You should not share that information.

Q: Will I know if my co-workers or students are vaccinated? Can I or should I ask?
A: You will only know if they tell you directly. You should not ask for personal health information from co-workers or students.

Q: If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I need to be tested or quarantine if I am exposed to someone with COVID-19?
A: If you have been fully vaccinated, you will only need to be tested or quarantine if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The CDC indicates you are fully vaccinated when it is more than two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or more than two weeks following receipt of one dose in a single-dose vaccine and it has not been longer than three months from the time you received the last dose in the series.

Q: Can I require (or invite) only vaccinated employees to attend in-person meetings?
A: No. You cannot limit in-person meetings to those who are vaccinated.

Q: If I choose not to be vaccinated, can I continue to work remotely?
A: The decision not to be vaccinated has no bearing on whether you will work remotely.

Q: Do I still need to wear a face covering and practice social distancing on campus if I have received the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Yes. At this time, you will need to continue to abide by UHV’s COVID-19 policies and protocols. However, these will be updated as additional health guidance is issued.

Q: Will I need to show proof of getting the COVID-19 vaccine to attend university events?
A: No. The university will not ask any student, employee or guest if they have been vaccinated.

Q: Can I get time off work to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Yes. Employees should use sick leave for time off from work to get the vaccine. They also should use sick leave if they do not feel well enough to return to work after receiving the vaccine or if they experience symptoms of COVID-19.

Q: Once I am fully vaccinated, am I still encouraged to have a COVID-19 test frequently, especially when I am on campus?
A: No. You will not need to be tested unless you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you are a UHV employee or student experiencing symptoms, please complete the Diagnosis Reporting Form and follow the What to Do if I’m Sick protocols.