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Protect Aggieland: Important Testing And Vaccine Reminders For Students, Faculty & Staff

January 17, 2022, 4:30 p.m. CST

Welcome back, Aggies!

As our classrooms fill back up this week, maintaining a healthy and safe environment for the spring semester remains top of mind at Texas A&M University. The following are recommendations on how you can help keep our campus open for in-person learning and working:

Wear a mask. Doing so is strongly encouraged; free face-coverings are available in classrooms.

Within indoor spaces, wearing a mask (cloth, surgical, KN95, N95) reduces the amount of virus spreading from the wearer (who may not know they are spreading virus) into the environment and to others. Additionally, within indoor spaces masks reduce the amount of virus the wearer inhales.

Test on a regular basis regardless of vaccination status.

Students, faculty and staff may get tested often and for free at one of several Curative on-campus kiosks.

Free home-kits also are available for pick-up*. Here's how:

  • Visit the request site, select College Station, then use your NetID to log on and fill out the form.
  • After filling out the form, hit submit. A receipt with a number will be emailed to your Texas A&M account; show that number when picking up the test kit.

There are locations to pick up the test Monday - Friday:

  • Kyle Field: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (outside gate of northeast activation tower)
  • Zachry Engineering Education Complex: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Virginia Brown Atrium on first floor)
  • Wehner Building: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (outside Room 113)
  • A.P. Beutel Student Health Center: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (follow signage)

To learn more about the test, read this explanation from Student Health Services. Here's a video on how to perform the test.

Free vaccines are available on campus.

  • Texas A&M Health Maroon Line Clinic is hosting a vaccine clinic from 12 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at the exhibit hall at Rudder Theater Complex. Details are outlined here. Please be in line by 3:30 p.m.
  • Check here for an on-campus vaccine location for students and here for off-campus sites, including CVS, Walgreens and other stores. If you're not certain about when you should get the booster, the CDC explains it here.
  • Texas A&M Health Family Care clinic off 29th Street in Bryan is offering vaccines by appointment each Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. Insurance is accepted but not required. Call 979-776-8440 to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Texas A&M outlines its isolation and quarantine protocols on its COVID-19 guidance page. Please check for regular updates.

*Note on expiration dates for home kits

The time stamp on some boxes indicate the test is expired, however, that's not the case: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that BinaxNow COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test is approved for a shelf-life longer than the expiration date. So, for example, if the box says it expired in December 2021, it won't actually expire until September 2022. The company made an extension request to the FDA, saying stability studies show the tests remain accurate and consistent over the longer time period. The letter from the FDA granting the extended expiration window can be found here.