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Harris County rolls out new COVID vaccine system with 55,000 appointments available next week

County Judge Lina Hidalgo said 25% of people in the county have been fully vaccinated. She says that number should be at least 70% to reach herd immunity.

HOUSTON — Harris County rolled out a new on-demand COVID-19 vaccine appointment system to make it easier for residents to get a vaccination.

This comes as the county opened 55,000 appointments for the week of April 19. 

The county said this new appointment system will give residents appointment options as soon as they register with Harris County Public Health.

The system will let you choose a date, time and location. 

“We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for every person in Harris County to get vaccinated if they’re over the age of 16," Dr. Maria Rivera with Harris County Public Health said.

County Judge Lina Hidalgo said 25% of people in Harris County have been fully vaccinated as of Friday. She says that number should be at least 70% to reach herd immunity.

“If you’ve not been vaccinated, this is your time," she said.

There are two ways you can register for a vaccine with HCPH:

Those 80 years and older will get first priority when scheduling a COVID appointment. Residents in this age group will also be able to get a vaccine at any Houston-area location, whether or not they have an appointment.

Harris County Public Health will run three drive-thru vaccination sites the week of April 19 at Legacy Stadium in Katy, Stallworth Stadium in Baytown, and NRG Park in Houston.

The county said it will continue to set up mobile sites in its most vulnerable communities and offer transportation for those who can't drive to their appointment.