HOUSTON — Minute Maid Park is serving as a COVID vaccination site Saturday for those who have scheduled appointments.
NOTE: Houston Health Department is no longer taking appointments Saturday for vaccinations at Minute Maid Park.
Officials said the department is not able to accommodate the volume of people in line seeking the vaccine. Staff is taking names of people in line who have appointments to re-schedule for a future date.
If you have an appointment scheduled for Saturday at Bayou City Event Center, you should report to Minute Maid Park at your scheduled appointment time.
The Houston Health Department attempted to contact people who have appointments to inform them of the new location but were not able to connect with everyone.
Health officials said appointments are based on vaccine availability, and current appointments may be adjusted based on the department’s allotment.
The Houston Health Department said they plan to vaccinate approximately 5,000 people, through 2,400 pre-scheduled appointments and 2,600 new appointments.
Saturday's mega site is for the first dose of vaccine. People who receive their first dose from the health department will be contacted and provided information about where to schedule their second dose within the appropriate timeframe.
People should arrive no earlier than 15-minutes before their appointment time to ensure site efficiency and reduce wait times.
It's important for people to park in lots A or B to begin the registration process. Minute Maid Park's home plate entrance will be used for the clinic.
The health department started administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to the general public who quality under Phase 1A or Phase 1B of the state's guidelines on January 2.
On Thursday, the health department received an additional 8,200 doses of vaccine, bringing its total to 30,350.
As of Thursday, the department administered a total of 18,658 doses at locations including Minute Maid Park, Bayou City Event Center, its Northside, La Nueva Casa de Amigos, Sharpstown and Sunnyside health centers, the JW Peavy Senior Center, and its Acres Homes, Hiram Clarke and Magnolia multi-service centers.
The department also transferred a total of 1,900 doses to other providers.
The health department will announce additional vaccination opportunities at its health centers, multi-service centers, community locations and via mobile units as supply increases.
Appointments are based on vaccine availability, and current appointments may be adjusted based on the department’s allotment.
Many medical providers offer vaccine based on availability. People who qualify should contact their medical provider or use the Texas Department of State Health Services' online map to find and call vaccine providers.
Information about COVID-19 vaccines is available on HoustonEmergency.org/covid19.
The health department also operates a COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220 Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call center hours are extended until 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.