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Here’s how to register for the coronavirus vaccine in the Houston area when appointments are available

Here’s how to register for the coronavirus vaccine in the Houston area

HOUSTON – As more doses of the coronavirus vaccine arrive in the Houston area, officials are ramping up the process of administering those shots.

Vaccines are only available to people who are eligible under phases 1A and 1B of the state’s distribution plan. Certain types of teachers and child care workers are also eligible to receive the vaccine. Click here for more information about who is included in those phases.

Here’s how to get a vaccine referral over the phone.

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No matter where you live or which group you are in, officials are urging people to practice patience. The demand for the vaccine is outpacing the available supply, and appointments are also quickly filling up. More appointments will become available as supply increases, officials said.

If you are eligible to receive the vaccine, here’s the information provided by government and health officials about how to register to receive it. Eligible people can also contact their health care provider directly for information about how to receive the vaccine.

This page will be updated as more registration information is received from officials.


Austin County

Updated: Feb. 8, 2021

A pre-registration list has been opened for Austin County. Click the link below and then click the “Special Registration” button. People will remain on the list and appointments will be filled in the order the form was received when vaccines become available.

Online: Click here


Brazoria County

Updated: Jan. 27, 2021

Visit the waitlist for UTMB Angleton Danbury Campus.

Phone: 877-389-2318

The county is also looking for volunteers to help with vaccination efforts.

Brazoria County officials said all vaccine appointments have been filled.

Residents should follow the latest updates at brazoriacountytx.gov.


Brazos County

Updated: Feb. 8, 2021

There is a waiting list available on the Brazos health website that directs you to St. Joseph’s here.

St. Joseph said it was allocated fewer vaccine doses than it anticipated for both the Brazos County Community Hub and St. Joseph Health vaccine clinics. This change in quantity will affect some individuals currently scheduled for 1st dose and 2nd dose appointments. For the week of February 8, we are only receiving 2,000 1st doses and 1000 2nd doses. For the full release with more information, click here.


Chambers County

Updated: Feb. 5, 2021

To access the online portal, people could click here or call 409-267-2460.

Chambers County has opened a waitlist here.

Registration is required to receive the shot. Walkups or drive-ups will not be accepted.


Fort Bend County

Updated: Feb. 26, 2021

Fort Bend Health and Human Services has launched an online registration portal where people can register for appointments. You can find more information at fbchealth.org.

Fort Bend Health and Human Services opened a waitlist for eligible residents. Those who qualify for the vaccine will be placed on a waiting list to be invited later to schedule their appointment. This may take several weeks. When you have registered to join the waiting list, please allow15-30 minutes for the waiting list confirmation email/text message to arrive.Later, you will be notified via email, text message, and/or phone with a link to schedule your appointment. This may take several weeks.If you registered by phone and do not have access to Internet, you will be provided a date and time for an appointment.

Anyone with questions about the vaccine or the registration process can call 832-471-1373.


Galveston County

Updated: Feb. 5, 2021

A pilot program for a vaccine waitlist was opened Jan. 27. Officials said the list will be used in the scheduling process for future vaccination appointments.

Only people who fall into phases 1A and 1B are asked to sign up at this time.

More information can be found here.

Online: utmbhealth.com/vaccine

Phone: 877-389-2318

The county is also looking for volunteers to help with vaccination efforts.


Grimes County

Updated: Feb. 8, 2021

A pre-registration list has been opened for Austin County. Click the link below and then click the “Special Registration” button. People will remain on the list and appointments will be filled in the order the form was received when vaccines become available.

Online: Click here


Harris County

Updated: Feb. 5, 2021

The county’s waitlist opened on Jan. 26.

While anyone can signup for the waitlist, only people who are eligible to receive the vaccine in phases 1A and 1B will be able to get the shot at this time. The system will not be on a first-come-first-served basis. Eligible people will be subject to a randomization process to ensure that administration is fair. People who are currently ineligible will be contacted once they are eligible.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said that the waitlist does not mean that the county has a huge stockpile of the vaccine.

Online: publichealth.harriscountytx.gov

Phone: 832-927-8787 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese).


Houston

Updated: March 3, 2021

The waitlist for the NRG Park coronavirus vaccine clinic is being expanded.

Stephen Williams, director of the Houston Health Department, said Monday that the waitlist is being expanded to everyone who qualifies to receive the vaccine under phases 1A and 1B.

Phase 1A of the state’s criteria focuses on front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1B focuses on people 65 and older and people age 16 and older with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Williams said the large number of vaccines that can be administered at the NRG Park site necessitated the widening of those who qualify for the waitlist.

Go to houstonemergency.org/covid-19-vaccines or call 832-393-4301 to join the waitlist. People with disabilities can call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 832-393-5500. Anyone else needing registration assistance can contact the COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220.

A separate waitlist has opened for the initial allotment of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. You can access that here.

Online: houstonemergency.org/covid-19-vaccines

Phone: 832-393-4220 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). People who are qualified to receive the vaccine under the current phases can call 832-393-4301 to join the waitlist.


Liberty County

Updated: Feb. 5, 2021

There is a waiting list still open. Call 281-806-7370. There is not an online portal. The call center to make appointments is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

More info


Montgomery County

Updated: Feb. 23, 2021

Montgomery County has opened an online waitlist and call center for people who are eligible to receive the vaccine to register for an appointment. Call 936-523-3916 to reach the call center. Click here to access the online waitlist.

More info


Pearland

Updated: Feb. 2, 2021

The city of Pearland has created an online registration portal where people can register for a vaccine appointment whenever new doses become available. Registration is currently closed but will be reopened whenever more doses are received.

Online: us1.quickscreen.health/pearland-vaccination#/screening


Polk County

Updated: Feb. 9, 2021

Polk County officials launched a waiting list on Feb. 9 for people in Phase 1B who want to get the coronavirus vaccine. This is waitlist is temporary and will be replaced with a more sophisticated self-registration system that is expected to be launched soon.

Online: Click here

Phone: 936-327-6826


Waller County

Updated: Feb. 8, 2021

A pre-registration list has been opened for Austin County. Click the link below and then click the “Special Registration” button. People will remain on the list and appointments will be filled in the order the form was received when vaccines become available.

Online: Click here


Washington County

Updated: Feb. 8, 2021

A pre-registration list has been opened for Austin County. Click the link below and then click the “Special Registration” button. People will remain on the list and appointments will be filled in the order the form was received when vaccines become available.

Online: Click here


Other methods

State map of providers

The Texas Department of State Health Services has created a map of health care providers that have been provided doses of the vaccine. You can click here to view it. Officials said patients should contact the provider directly to determine the availability of the vaccine. This map is maintained by DSHS.

Vaccine hubs (Updated: March 2, 2021)

There are 13 vaccine hubs in the Houston area. You can find information about how to join the waitlist for these hubs at dshs.texas.gov.

Hospital systems (Updated: Feb. 9, 2021)

  • St. Luke’s Health and TSU are partnering to open a vaccine clinic in Houston’s Third Ward. The clinic is expected to be fully operational by Feb. 15. People who qualify to receive the vaccine under the current guidelines can join the St. Luke’s waiting list at stlukeshealth.org. Those who sign up and are qualified to receive the vaccine will be contacted about making an appointment.
  • Memorial Hermann is opening a drive-thru vaccine clinic in Sugar Land, but all appointments have been filled. More information can be found here. The hospital system is also conducting a clinic at Woodforest Bank Stadium on Feb. 5 and 6. More information can be found here.
  • Houston Methodist announced a new registration opening on Jan. 25. It has since been filled. More information can be found here.

Pharmacies (Updated: Feb. 24, 2021)

  • CVS Starting Thursday, CVS Health will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to those who are eligible (in the 1B Phase) at 47 more select CVS Pharmacies in Texas. Approximately 15 of them will be in the greater Houston area, CVS says. Vaccines are offered on an appointment-only basis at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Those without online access can contact customer service at (800) 746-7287. Click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies at select sores in Texas will begin administering the coronavirus vaccine soon. People can make appointments on the Walmart and Sam’s Club websites when doses are available. More information, including a list of stores in Texas that will be administering the vaccine, can be found here.

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