New vaccine incentive offers $100 to students this spring

  Friday, January 21, 2022
  Around Campus

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV Spring 2022 students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine booster/third dose are eligible to receive $100 through a new vaccine incentive. 

As part of UTRGV’s efforts to keep its campuses safe as it returns to normal operations this spring, the university is using federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to incentivize students to update their UTRGV Vaccine Portal. 

“This is our way of thanking our Vaqueros for doing their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said UTRGV President Guy Bailey. “We know how much everyone wants to get back to campus, and we want everyone to be safe and healthy as we do that.” 

The financial assistance initiative also was offered during the Fall 2021 semester. 

To qualify to receive the funds, students must: 

  • Get your vaccine booster/third dose by April 8, 2022.
  • Update the UTRGV Vaccine Portal with your booster/third dose date.
  • Upload your vaccine card.

For students, including Accelerated Online Program and online students, who already are boosted and enrolled this spring, all they have to do is update their Vaccine Portal and submit their updated vaccine card. 



UTRGV students looking to get their booster/third dose can do so by appointment at the UT Health RGV Student Health locations: 

  • UT Health RGV Student Health (Edinburg):  
    613 N. Sugar Road, Edinburg
    Phone: (956) 665-2511 
  • UT Health RGV Student Health (Brownsville): 
    Cortez Hall, Suite 237, Brownsville
    Phone: (956) 882-3896 

In addition, UT Health RGV is planning to hold pop-up booster events in the future.  

A student who is unable to get a booster/third dose at the Student Health locations can make an appointment online at any UT Health RGV location by visiting:, or go to any public, designated location, like a pharmacy, local health department or primary care clinical sites. 

For university updates, daily self-screening questions and campus protocols, visit


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.