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The Challenges of COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

2,600 available slots for the COVID-19 vaccine were filled 16 minutes after reservations went live, according to the director for the Houston Health Department.

In this Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a health care worker was injected with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I. Uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments triggered anger and confusion Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in some states where officials worried that expected shipments would not be forthcoming.

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First, Stephen L. Williams, Director of the Houston Health Department, walks us through the successes and challenges of providing the vaccine to thousands of Houstonians. You can find additional information regarding where to locate COVID-19 testing sites and vaccines on their website or by calling 832-393-4220.

Then, Jason Mahoney shares his personal story of survival and ongoing recovery of COVID-19. He's a national radio show host of the syndicated morning show, "Dave and Mahoney," based in Las Vegas. Houstonians may also remember him from his days with the "Dave, Mahoney and DK" show – which was produced in Houston and aired on KHMX Mix 96.5 from 2015 – 2017.

And Dr. Catherine Troisi, an epidemiologist at UTHealth School of Public Health, answers listener questions about the virus and more.

Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues.

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