The city is working to set up additional locations as more vaccines become available.
HOUSTON – Hours after the online portal for Houston COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic launched, Mayor Turner announced that all appointments have been booked for the month of January.
This is due to the high demand and limited supply, Turner said.
The Houston Health Department announced that it will announce additional vaccination options as they become available.
NEW: The Houston Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic appointments are booked for the remainder of the month, and the department is currently not making any additional appointments. (1/4) #hounews
– Houston Health Dept (@HoustonHealth) January 4, 2021
The city is working to set up additional locations as more vaccines become available. Turner hopes the Houston Health Department will have a mega-site set up by Saturday.
The city of Houston on Monday launched its online registration for people in high-risk groups to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Those who are entitled can make an appointment via the website.
Currently, the only people approved for vaccination are resident in phase 1A and 1B. 1A includes frontline health workers and first responders who have not yet received the vaccine. Phase 1B is aimed at people aged 65 and over and, for the Moderna vaccine the city uses, people aged 18 and over with at least one chronic medial illness that poses a risk of serious illness or death. (The Pfizer vaccine is suitable for people aged 16 and over.)
Appointments can also be made via the COVID-19 call center of the health department. That number is 832-393-4220. The call center is open Monday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday until 5:00 p.m.
People get the time and place to be vaccinated when they register.
Information about COVID-19 vaccines, including safety and effectiveness, can be found online on the COVID-19 vaccines page at HoustonEmergency.org/covid19.
As more doses hit Houston, the city will increase vaccinations.
The city uses the Moderna vaccine.
Who is in Phase 1A and 1B in Texas?
Phase 1A includes frontline healthcare workers and first responders.
According to DSHS, Texans have in Phase 1B can start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine immediately. Phase 1B includes:
- People 65 years and older
- Individuals aged 16 and over with at least one chronic condition that is at increased risk of serious illness from the coronavirus, including, but not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Solid Organ Transplant
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg / m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell anemia
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus