The Houston Health Department will focus its latest COVID-19 vaccine allocation on people at the highest risk for severe illness and those in vulnerable communities during the week of February 1, 2021.
The department received 9,000 additional doses on Thursday and will prioritize approximately 5,300 for its Area Agency on Aging, 2,400 for providers in vulnerable communities, and 1,300 for previously scheduled appointments.
“We know it is important to vaccinate the people who are the most vulnerable, and they should be among the first to get shots, especially when supply is scarce,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The Houston Health Department’s distribution plan for next week focuses on those with a higher risk for illness and death and people living in vulnerable communities.”
The vulnerable population vaccine allocation means the health department will not open new appointments for the qualifying public for the week of February 1.
Health department appointments are currently full based on supply. People are urged not to contact the COVID-19 call center about first dose appointments because no slots are currently available.
During the month of January, the Houston Health Department administered a total of 34,503 doses at locations including Minute Maid Park, Bayou City Event Center, Delmar Stadium, George R. Brown Convention 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.
People can register for the HoustonRecovers subscription of AlertHouston to learn about new Houston Health Department appointment opportunities through email, text message, voice call, or mobile app push notification.
When available, the appointment portal for Houston Health Department vaccine clinics will open at HoustonEmergency.org/covid19.
People may also visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for a list of local COVID-19 vaccine providers to contact about availability.