Patient Information

The Delta Wave: Important Info

Like hospitals across the region, UTMB is seeing a steep increase in the number of COVID-19 patients. The new, highly transmissible Delta variant is leading to a fourth wave of the pandemic and patients now are younger, sicker and overwhelmingly unvaccinated. “I am more worried now than I was 18 months ago,” says Dr. Gulshan Sharma, chief medical officer for UTMB. But there are three things you can do to stay safe: get vaccinated, wear a mask and get tested if you feel sick.

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Infographic detailing Delta wave

Vaccine

Before you pick a time: 

  • Please ensure we have accurate email and cell phone contact information, so that we may reach you in a timely manner if necessary.
  • Masking is required in all UTMB primary care and urgent care locations where sick patients may be presenting for treatment or testing of COVID symptoms.
  • If you are currently participating in or have participated in a COVID vaccine study, please contact your study coordinator before scheduling.
  • The two-dose vaccines require two separate injections given three to four weeks apart. Your second injection will be automatically scheduled at the same location as the first injection. When scheduling, please make sure you will be available for the second dose in three to four weeks. If not, please wait to schedule.
  • If you are interested in the single-dose vaccine option (Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine), please email C19Vacsch@utmb.edu and indicate your preference, so we can work to accommodate your request. Johnson & Johnson appointments are subject to vaccine availability; locations may vary.

Two-Dose Vaccine SchedulingAll Locations: Age 12+, Pfizer

At this time, COVID-19 vaccines have only been approved for ages 12 and up; we are not able to offer a vaccine to anyone under 12 per FDA regulations. A parent or legal guardian must be present for any minor (age 12-17) receiving a COVID vaccine.

Select your vaccination location and time:

Are you scheduling the first dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine?

 
  • Please Note: Multiple vaccine sites may be listed. Scroll down to ensure that you have selected a site convenient to you.

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    If no appointments are displaying, please check back at a later time.

  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines each involve two shots, normally administered 21 or 28 days apart, respectively. Both shots in the series are necessary and must be from the same manufacturer. The second shot is typically scheduled after the first shot has been given, at the clinic.

    Please contact the UTMB Access Center at (832) 632-6731 to discuss your appointment needs.

    Need to Reschedule an Existing Vaccine Appointment with UTMB? If your appointment was made with UTMB, send an email to C19vacsch@utmb.edu. Include your name and date of birth, along with the date of your original vaccination appointment and whether this is your first or second vaccination. We will work to accommodate your request as our vaccine supply and appointment slots allow.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Walk-in COVID-19 testing is available at UTMB Urgent Care sites.
  • Or, make an appointment and reduce any wait.
  • COVID test results at UTMB Health are usually available in less than 24 hours.  
  • If you need or prefer a rapid test, please call (832) 632-6731 to be scheduled at a location which offers rapid testing.

START HERE to Schedule a COVID Test Only Visit: Answer the following question, then choose the time that best fits your schedule.

If the patient (especially if under age 17) has symptoms of COVID-19, it is best they are evaluated by a provider in addition to getting a COVID test. There may be other conditions contributing to the symptoms for which point of care testing and treatment is also available.

Are you still wishing to schedule a COVID Test Only visit?

  
  • This appointment is for COVID testing ONLY.
    Please select a time for your COVID-19 TEST ONLY visit.

    IMPORTANT:
    · All Urgent Care clinics serve adults and children.
    · Pediatric and adult time slots IN GALVESTON are separate. Be sure to read the RED title above the available times to choose the correct type of provider. Any adults scheduled into pediatric slots may need rescheduling.
    · Always confirm the correct clinic location by double-checking the appointment confirmation page.

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  • This appointment is for COVID-19 related physician visit ONLY.
    Please select a time for your COVID-19 related physician visit.

    IMPORTANT:
    · All Urgent Care clinics serve adults and children.
    · Pediatric and adult time slots IN GALVESTON are separate. Be sure to read the RED title above the available times to choose the correct type of provider. Any adults scheduled into pediatric slots may need rescheduling.
    · Always confirm the correct clinic location by double-checking the appointment confirmation page.

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UTMB Information

Caring for you & keeping you safe. Always.

You need routine care to stay healthy. As always, UTMB is here to help. Our expert physicians and healthcare providers are ready to meet your needs. Safely and comfortably.

UTMB has resumed services across the region for our patients and continues to take measures to ensure the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff. We are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and your health and wellness are our top priority. Please visit the Appointment Information page for all appointment options or call our Access Center at (800) 917-8906 for an appointment.