Where to get COVID-19 vaccine in the Houston area

The COVID-19 vaccine is finally being distributed across the country and many in the greater Houston-area are wondering when and where it will be available to them.

Currently, in Texas, the vaccine is available to people who meet Phase 1A and Phase 1B criteria. People can get their immunization at providers selected by the state like hospitals, community clinics, and long-term care facilities.

Some counties and cities are also offering pre-registration links for when vaccine allotments become available.

There is also a free tool called Vaccine Finder that has the backing of the CDC.

People can't book vaccinations through the site, but it will show them where coronavirus vaccines are available and when to help them avoid counterfeits and scams. You can visit vaccinefinder.org.

Below we go into more detail on who can get a vaccine and where they can go.

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

AUSTIN  |  BRAZORIA  |  CHAMBERS  |  FORT BEND  |  GALVESTON  |  HARRIS  |  JACKSON  |  LIBERTY  |  MONTGOMERY  |  POLK  |  WALKER  |  WALLER  |  WASHINGTON

Many cities and counties in southeast Texas are referring people to the state's COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map. People can see which facilities near them are offering the shot, along with details about their allotment of Moderna and Pfizer doses.

Click here to find a list of vaccine hub providers across the state. You can check for appointment availability through the hub’s registration website or by calling if a website isn’t available. Do not show up at a vaccine hub without first signing up or checking the provider’s instructions for scheduling.

FEDERAL RETAIL PHARMACY PROGRAM

The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 vaccination is a collaboration between the federal government and pharmacy partners. Retail pharmacies in each state will receive vaccine allotments through this program during the week of February 8, 2021.

In Texas, CVS, H-E-B, Sam's Club and Walmart stores are participating in the program. For more information, availability, schedules, and how to set up an appointment from each retailer, click on the respective links below: 

CVS

H-E-B

SAM'S CLUB

WALMART

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COUNTY BY COUNTY

Several southeast Texas counties and cities are still administering the vaccine to just health care workers, first responders, and long-term care facilities who fall under Phase 1A, while others have opened up to Phase1B. Here is a county-by-county breakdown:

AUSTIN COUNTY
Austin County is currently working on vaccinating Group 1B at their closest Hub in Brenham. Call centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 800-845-8035.

Austin County’s judge is building a list of people they can notify to receive these doses. To get on the list, you can send an email to tlapham@austincounty.com with your name, cell number, address, and date of birth. 

Get the latest vaccine updates from Austin County here.

Last updated on January 27.

BRAZORIA COUNTY
Brazoria County Health Department has COVID-19 Vaccine appointments available at three of the Health Clinics. Individuals in Phase 1A or 1B can make an appointment at one of the clinics by going online at https://us.pomelo.health/brazoriacountytx/forms/VJ or by calling one of the following clinics:

Angleton Clinic: 979-864-1484
Lake Jackson Clinic: 979-265-4446
Pearland Clinic: 281-485-5344

You are asked to go to the county website for the latest updates.

Last updated on February 24.

CHAMBERS COUNTY
Chambers County Public Health, currently one of six COVID-19 providers in the county, is vaccinating Phase 1A personnel and is beginning  to vaccinate Phase 1B residents.

Vaccines are currently only available to Phase 1A and 1B populations. Members of other populations will not be accepted for consideration.

Those who wish to be vaccinated can join the waitlist on the CCPH website. Completing the form does not guarantee that you will receive a vaccine through Chambers County Public Health. 

Officials say vaccines will be provided to members of the waitlist on a first come, first served basis.

For the latest vaccine updates from Chambers County, click here.

Last updated on February 8.

FORT BEND COUNTY

Fort Bend County provides COVID-19 vaccines by appointment only.

Fort Bend County announced Tuesday that they received a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines and opened preregistration for those in the 1A and 1B populations.

Those that qualify can sign up. Make sure to check your Junk/Spam folder and answer your phone even if you don’t recognize the number to ensure you get your appointment information.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine’s safety or eligibility guidelines, you can visit the DSHS information page or contact the county's vaccine question hotline at 832-471-1373.

To preregister visit, https://www.fbchealth.org/

For the latest vaccine updates from Fort Bend County, click here.

Last updated on February 9.

GALVESTON COUNTY
Galveston County and local health partners announced Wednesday a new online waitlist application for those seeking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments are currently available for high-risk individuals who meet the criteria in Phase 1A and 1B. You do not have to be a resident of Galveston County or a UTMB patient to sign up for the waitlist, officials said.

Go to utmbhealth.com/vaccine to register for the waitlist or call the phone bank at 877-389-2318.

Last updated on January 27.


HARRIS COUNTY
Harris County Public Health launched a portal for eligible residents to join a waitlist for the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

Residents who meet the Texas Department of State Health Services criteria for receiving a vaccine can join the waitlist for an appointment using the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

The waitlist is available via the vaccine information link on ReadyHarris.org and vacstrac.hctx.net. Eligible residents without internet access can also call (832) 927-8787 to be placed on the waitlist.

Last updated on January 27.

JACKSON COUNTY
Jackson County Hospital District is currently waiting on allotments of the COVID-19 vaccines. Once received, those who preregister to be on the waitlist and who qualify under Tier 1A and 1B will be scheduled Monday - Friday during business hours at Jackson County Hospital District.

All vaccines will be by appointment only.

Jackson County residents that would like to be placed on the COVID-19 vaccine waitlist, please click the link here.

Last updated on January 27.

LIBERTY COUNTY
Liberty County residents are being directed to Emergency Hospital Systems their COVID-19 vaccination hub in Cleveland.

To schedule an appointment, people are asked to call the call center at 281-806-7370 or 281-806-7380. The hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Those who are confirmed will need to download forms from their website emergencyhospitals.care.

They will keep a running waitlist for all vaccines as they become available.

Last updated on January 27.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is opening a call center, Monday, February 8, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to register those over the age of 65 who do not have access to internet for the Montgomery County COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist.
 
Click here to access the Montgomery County COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist.
 
Montgomery County residents who are 65 and older who wish to get on the vaccine waitlist and are not able to access the online registration are asked to call 936-522-4570 starting Monday morning at 8 a.m.

For the latest information go to mcphd-tx.org or their Facebook page.

Last updated on February 8.

POLK COUNTY
Polk County is launching a temporary waitlist for the COVID-19 vaccine for Phase 1B. Those who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination may sign up on Polk County’s TEMPORARY WAITLIST by clicking HERE.

This temporary waitlist will be used by County staff and our partner vaccine providers to distribute the vaccine to the public for a limited time.  Please note, this is a WAITLIST only and not a registration list.

The Angelina County & Cities Health District (ACCHD) is preparing a more sophisticated self-registration and appointment program that we hope will be launched soon.

When ACCHD launches its new program, it will be linked to the county's Facebook page and website so you can sign up. The temporary waitlist will then be discontinued.

Vaccine supplies are limited and wait times will be dependent upon vaccine availability and distribution phase. As the vaccine becomes more available, eligibility will expand.

Last updated February 9, 2021.

WALKER COUNTY
Walker County Office of Emergency Management, along with community partners has developed and submitted a vaccination plan to the state. Vaccines have been ordered. There is no word from the state as to when vaccines will be received. We have been in contact with all officials involved including Representatives and Congressmen. Some local pharmacies are slowly getting vaccines.

You can see the county's latest info here.

Last updated January 25, 2021.

WALLER COUNTY
Waller County is directing everyone to a vaccination subHUB located at the Washington County Expo. The drive-thru subHUB is being operated by the following counties: Austin, Burleson, Fayette, Grimes, Waller, and Washington.

A pre-registration was opened for all Texas residents here.

At this time, they are currently not accepting pre-registration forms. They will reopen the form if additional vaccinations become available.

For more information, you can follow Waller County Judge Trey Duhon’s updates on Facebook or go to the subHUB website at localevent.info.

WASHINGTON COUNTY
Washington County is directing everyone to the vaccination subHUB, which is a drive-thru at the Washington County Expo. The subHUB is being operated by the following counties: Austin, Burleson, Fayette, Grimes, Waller, and Washington.

A pre-registration was opened for all Texas residents here.

At this time, they are currently not accepting pre-registration forms. They will reopen the form if additional vaccinations become available. 

For more information, you can go to their website at localevent.info.
 

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Who is Phase 1A?

First Tier

1. Paid and unpaid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to:

a. Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)

b. Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic and/or rehabilitation services c. Others having direct contact with patients or infectious materials

2. Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes:

a. Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state-supported living centers

b. Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff

3. EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport

4. Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk patients

5. Residents of long-term care facilities

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Second Tier

1. Staff in outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients. Such as but not limited to:

a. Physicians, nurses, and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)

b. Clinical staff providing diagnostic, laboratory, and/or rehabilitation services

c. Non 9-1-1 transport for routine care

d. Healthcare workers in corrections and detention facilities

2. Direct care staff in freestanding emergency medical care facilities and urgent care clinics

3. Community pharmacy staff who may provide direct services to clients, including vaccination or testing for individuals who may have COVID

4. Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administration of COVID testing and vaccinations

5. Last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19. Includes:

a. Embalmers and funeral home workers who have direct contact with decedents

b. Medical examiners and other medical certifiers who have direct contact with decedents

6. School nurses who provide health care to students and teachers

Who is Phase 1B?

• 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, 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

Beware of vaccine scams

Authorities say scammers are already pretending to have the COVID-19 vaccine and promising to immunize patients for a small fee. But, there should be no charge for the vaccine.

Vaccine providers, whether it be a doctor's office or hospital, will charge the federal government or a patient's insurance company.  Providers cannot charge the person getting the vaccine.

City of Houston Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Persse says if the provider is not on Texas' COVID-19 vaccine providers map, don't go there.

And if you receive unsolicited calls, emails, or ads for the vaccine, they're likely scammers. The FBI of Houston says they aren't just after your money, they could be after your personal information. So, do not provide any of your personal information.

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