COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Overview

Welcome to Harris County’s COVID-19 vaccine information page, which will provide the latest on vaccine distribution in Harris County. 

Limited quantities of the COVID-19 vaccine are now available for certain high-risk populations in Harris County. The State of Texas has designated Phase 1A and 1B groups as currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

As one of several providers of vaccines, Harris County Public Health is working to administer shipments from the State of Texas as quickly and efficiently as possible; however, vaccine supply is still extremely limited and will likely not be available to the general public until mid-2021. Currently, given severely limited supply we are only distributing our vaccines to frontline workers who qualify in targeted groups as supply becomes available, including EMS workers and school nurses.

Please remember that it will take months to achieve the widespread immunity required to safely end the pandemic. Continuing to stay home, get tested, and wear a mask remains the best way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19.

Continue to check this page to stay informed on the state of vaccine availability and distribution. You can also find more information on the COVID-19 vaccine and its availability in Texas at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

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For updated information about vaccines in your inbox and to be notified when Harris County Public Health vaccines become available for the general public you can sign up for updates here.

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About the Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Please see the resources below for important information about vaccines currently approved for emergency use by the FDA. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Harris County Public Health’s Role in Providing Vaccinations?

On January 10, 2021, the State of Texas designated HCPH as one of three “hub” providers for COVID-19 vaccinations in Harris County. We are working closely with the State of Texas and local partners to plan for and distribute our vaccine supplies efficiently and effectively. Until vaccine availability increases, HCPH can only offer vaccines to people who are in Phases 1A and 1B on a limited basis, as supplies become available to us through DSHS.  Although only 3 entities will be vaccination hubs going forward, many of those hospitals and pharmacies that received doses earlier this year have not distributed all their doses. 

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

At this time, only individuals in the following Phase 1A or 1B categories may register for vaccination. There are an estimated 1.8 million individuals in Harris County who fall under Phase 1A or 1B categories, and only around 200,000 vaccines have been made available so far, so supply is extremely limited. Supply is expected to increase as the weeks go by.

  • The Moderna vaccine can only be given to people who are 18 years and older, while the Pfizer vaccine can be given to people who are 16 years and older.
  • As a safety net provider, HCPH is initially focused on the following Phase 1A and 1B populations:
    • First responders
    • Teachers
    • Congregate Setting Workers
    • Senior Living Settings
  • Phase 1A recipients include:
    • Frontline healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities.
  • Phase 1B recipients include:
    • People 65 years of age and older
    • People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19 (view a list of medical conditions), such as but not limited to:
      • Cancer
      • Chronic kidney disease
      • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
      • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
      • Solid organ transplantation
      • Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
      • Pregnancy
      • Sickle cell disease
      • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Where else can I get a vaccine?

You can check the Texas COVID‑19 Vaccine Availability map to see if any of the providers listed for Harris County have enough vaccine supply at this time. Although only three entities in Harris County (City of Houston, Harris County Public Health and Houston Methodist) will be vaccination hubs going forward, many of those hospitals and pharmacies that received doses earlier this year have not distributed all their doses.

For updated information about vaccines in your inbox and to be notified when Harris County Public Health vaccines become available for the general public you can sign up for updates here.

When will we know what specific groups will be prioritized beyond Phases 1A and 1B?

Current distribution plans are based upon federal guidance prioritizing 1A and 1B populations and limited vaccine availability. More information about eligibility and the vaccine distribution process for populations prioritized in other phases will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

I received a vaccine through Harris County Public Health. How do I get scheduled for my second dose?

When you receive a vaccine from Harris County Public Health you will be scheduled for a second dose and receive that information via text and email.

How long can I delay in getting my second dose beyond the recommended manufacturer timeframe?

While the goal for second dose administration is as close as possible to 24 days, the second dose appointment may be made later than 24 days. According to ACIP/CDC recommendations, the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible; however, there is no maximum interval between the first and second dose for either vaccine.

Where can I get more information about how many vaccines have been administered by Harris County Public Health?

For the latest information on COVID-19 trends, including updates on vaccinations visit our data dashboard.