HOUSTON — KHOU 11 News is closely tracking the latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in counties across the Houston area and Southeast Texas.
Keep in mind that supply of all the approved vaccines remains very limited, and Texas frontline/health workers (Phase 1A) and older citizens as well as those with health risks (Phase 1B) will remain the priority for vaccinations for now.
Remember: you should not go to any vaccination sites unless you have registered and have been given a specific location and time/day to get vaccinated.
About the two vaccines approved in the U.S.:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: This vaccine is authorized for emergency use in persons aged 16 years and older. This vaccines requires two doses given 21 days apart. Clinical trial data shows that the vaccine is 95 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 infection starting seven days after the second dose. Individuals will not be considered fully protected until one to two weeks after they receive the second dose. Find more information on the CDC's website.
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: This vaccine is authorized for emergency use in persons aged 18 years and older. This vaccine requires two doses given 28 days apart. Clinical trial data shows the vaccine is about 94 percent effective after the second dose. Find more information on the CDC's website.
Texas vaccine hubs
Where, how and when can you get vaccinated in the Houston area:
We’ll update the following list as we learn more from each county/city in our area. Most counties are still waiting for their first delivery of vaccines if not their second. Simply scroll down to your county to get the latest updates out of your community.
1/14/21 update: According to a posting on the Austin County Facebook page, they are teaming up with Burleson, Fayette, Grime and Washington Counties for a 'subHUB' to distribute the vaccines faster. The Washington County Expo Center (Fairgrounds) has become one of the rural county vaccination subHUBs. Vaccinations begin Tuesday, January 19 and run from 6AM to 6PM. Those who qualify can begin registering on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1-800-845-8035. REGISTRATION AND ID REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS. Only those in current 1A and 1B tier structure can register
1/11/21 update: The Brazoria County Health Department is completely booked for the current supply of COVID-19 vaccine. Continue to check back for updates on vaccine availability.
You can get the latest info directly from the Brazoria Co. health dept. here.
Earlier, county officials encouraged eligible residents (those who fall into phase 1A and Phase 1B) to watch for information from local pharmacies, physician’s offices, urgent care facilities, etc., for dates the COVID-19 vaccine will be available at these locations. Brazoria County will post COVID-19 vaccine information and updates on the Brazoria County website https://www.brazoriacountytx.gov/home as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available through the county. You can also monitor their latest announcements and COVID case numbers here.
1/18/21 update: Chambers county has been designated as a Covid-19 vaccine hub and has been allocated 1,200 doses of vaccine. We are in the process of planning a series of drive thru/walk up vaccination sites for chambers county residents in the phase 1B population. More information will be released as it becomes available. Register for Chambers Warns to receive a text and/or phone call when pre-registration info is released: https://www.co.chambers.tx.us/page/chamberswarns . THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED. Vaccines will be available for 1B populations - those over 65 and those over 16 with underlying health conditions.
You can get more info directly from Chambers Co. on their official Facebook page here.
FORT BEND COUNTY
Judge KP George said in early January his county had just received 1,000 doses of the vaccine, its first delivery: "We are now working around the clock to begin the process of administering all doses, w/o delay." Like most facilities and counties, the first delivery was quickly administered to those in Texas phase 1A and 1B, but with more on the way Fort Bend residents can pre-register for the next round. How to register in Fort Bend: The county is working with AccessHealth to allow people to pre-register for the vaccine:
Pre-register here / (Vaccination Hotline: 832-471-1373)
You can get more updates on COVID testing and the vaccine directly from Fort Bend County's official Facebook page here.
1/19/21 update: Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 20, the Galveston County Health District says it will offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 65 years of age and older, by appointment only. Appointments are open now. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/y5sabdfz.
1/18/21 update: Galveston County Health District expects to receive additional vaccine doses the week of Jan. 18. Once vaccine doses are made available to the health district, we will open up appointments to the public for those ages 65 and older. We will share that information here and on social media @GCHDinfo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We do ask for everyone to remain patient. Our goal while vaccine supply is limited is to quickly vaccinate as many people at risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 as possible. As vaccine availability increases this year, people will be able to get vaccinated at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals and other usual sites. The state has a map of vaccine provider locations. Keep in mind, not all locations are currently vaccinating Phase 1B. You can also check with your health care provider to see what their plan is to roll out the vaccine.
Harris County update: “Harris County Public Health has been administering a limited supply of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine to healthcare professionals and people over 65 or those with underlying health conditions. For additional locations on where to get the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit: DSHS Vaccine Provider Map.” Get more updates from Harris County on this page: https://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information
City of Houston update: Appointments are required for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic. If you fall under Phase 1A or Phase 1B, you can call 832-393-4220 for an appointment. You can get the latest from the City of Houston's Health Department and register for a vaccination online here. Be warned, currently Mayor Sylvester Turner says all appointments have been booked for the month of January 2021, though as we've seen, sometimes they have made more appointments available.
Get the latest COVID vaccine updates for Houston directly from the city's website here.
Liberty County officials have not released an announcement about the status of vaccinations in their county but are directing residents to the state's COVID-19 vaccination webpage which offers additional information on who is currently being vaccinated and how. You can visit this webpage here.
1/19/2021 update: A drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination mega site is scheduled to open this week at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, according to officials. The Lone Star Family Health Center has received 2,000 doses of the vaccine, which it plans to administer beginning 9 a.m. Wednesday and into Friday. Read more here. All visitors must have an appointment, a valid form of identification and an assigned QR code to enter the site. You can register at www.lonestarvaccine.com.
You can get more information directly from Montgomery County Health on its official website here.
Walker County has not publicly announced that it has received a delivery of vaccinations for registration. You can get the latest COVID-19 updates from the county here. You can also click this link to go to the state's webpage that is tracking which healthcare providers/facilities have received deliveries of the vaccine.
Waller County has not publicly announced that it has received a delivery of vaccinations. You can get the latest COVID-19 updates from the county here. You can also click this link to go to the state's webpage that is tracking which healthcare providers/facilities have received deliveries of the vaccine.