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How To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine In The Houston Area — If You Qualify, And If It’s Available

Vaccines are limited, and are only going to those populations who qualify so far. But here’s how to find a vaccination clinic.

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Every adult in Texas is now eligible to get vaccinated.

In order to sign up, each county has a separate registration portal. But not every city and county has a waitlist, and slots can fill up almost immediately after opening, meaning there's no guarantee you can find a slot through local health departments.

To that end, Texas Health and Human Services has also set up its own vaccine scheduler to find the closest private hospital, clinic, or other vaccine location. And if your primary care doctor is a vaccine distributor, it may be possible to coordinate through them.

If you do want to find a public site, here's how to register across the region.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

[Click here for the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler]

Harris County

Harris County has a vaccine waitlist that allows eligible residents to sign up and get contacted when vaccine appointments become available. The system, accessible online or via phone for county residents, does not distribute vaccines on a first-come, first-served basis, in order to provide more equity in distribution, according to the county.

Harris County residents can either sign up online, or call (832)927-8787. The waitlist will be available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Houston

The city does not have an online waitlist. Instead, it opens new appointments on a first-come, first-served basis. Those appointments are being released through social media, or you can sign up for alerts through email, text message, voice call, or mobile app push notification by registering for the HoustonRecovers subscription of AlertHouston, according to the city.

There are also phone numbers available for certain Houston populations:

  • People 60 & older (Area Agency on Aging): 832-393-4301.
  • People with disabilities (Disability Resource Center): 832-393-5500.
  • Additional assistance (COVID-19 Call Center): 832-393-4220.

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County has a preregistration system, and local hospitals and clinics are still vaccinating people. Head to the state’s online dashboard to find the closest vaccine location.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County has a preregistration portal for county appointments.

Galveston County

The Galveston County Health District has a registration portal for all eligible residents. If no appointment times appear, that means all appointments have been booked, according to the county. The University of Texas Medical Branch has also set up a vaccine waitlist with the county and the city of Galveston

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