The Houston Health Department is following the guidance of the CDC and FDA to pause use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution as rare adverse reactions are investigated. The department will await guidance on future use of the vaccine. View frequently asked questions from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is FREE, and does not require proof of residency, citizenship or insurance.
All Texas adults are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Contact your health care provider or pharmacy, or register for the Houston Recovers subscription of AlertHouston for notification of Houston Health Department appointments.
The appointment portals are OPEN for first doses for the week of April 12, 2021.
- HHD Health Centers, various locations, April 15-17: hhdvaccinations.org.
- Rodeo Reed Park Parking Lot, 2098 Reed Rd., April 15-17: curative.com/sites/27317.
- Delmar Stadium, 2020 Mangum Rd., April 16-17: bit.ly/DelmarVax.
Appointment registration is also available by phone:
- People age 60 and older who need appointments may call the Area Agency on Aging at 832-393-4301.
- People with disabilities who need appointments may call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 832-393-5500.
Learn about new appointment opportunities through email, text message, voice call, or mobile app push notification by registering for the HoustonRecovers subscription of AlertHouston.
Appointments are based on vaccine availability, and current appointments may be adjusted based on the department’s allotment.
View the vaccine clinic frequently asked questions page.
Second Doses - HHD Sites
View our second dose schedule for the week of April 12 at this link.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for maximum protection, so people will need to get a second dose of the same vaccine three to six (Pfizer) or four to six (Moderna) weeks later. CDC guidance says the second dose can be administered up to 42 days later and there is no need to restart the series outside that timeframe.
The Houston Health Department reaches out by text message and email 24-48 hours before the recommended second dose due date with a link to self-register for an appointment.
People who are overdue for their second dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the Houston Health Department can email HHDCOVID19.CRT@houstontx.gov or call 832-393-5190 Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule their second dose appointment.
What You Need to Know
- Vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are currently approved by FDA for Emergency Use Authorization.
- Information gathered in large-scale clinical trials and thoroughly reviewed by scientists at the FDA shows the vaccines are safe and effective and extremely effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
- The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for maximum protection, so people will need to get a second dose of the same vaccine three to six (Pfizer) or four to six (Moderna) weeks later.
- The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose.
- The vaccine will be provided free of charge to anyone who wants it. For people with insurance, insurance will cover any fee to administer it by the provider. People without insurance won’t be charged.
- As vaccine availability increases in 2021, people will be able to get vaccinated at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals and other “usual” sites.
- Take Your Best Shot at ending the pandemic by taking the first vaccine available to you.
- Even when vaccines are available, people will need to take precautions like masking up, and practicing social distancing as people get vaccinated and we learn more about the immunity produced by the vaccines.
News and Updates
Visit our news page for the latest announcements.
Go to our COVID-19 vaccine clinic frequently asked questions page.
View frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines on the DSHS website.
COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations
Communities of color across Houston have been hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19, particularly the African American and Hispanic communities. It is essential to address the concerns many people of color have about vaccines due to historic and cultural factors. Learn more at houstontx.gov/getthefacts.
COVID-19 Vaccine Info
- Pfizer-BioNTech vs. Moderna (English)
- Pfizer-BioNTech vs. Moderna (Mandarin)
- Pfizer-BioNTech vs. Moderna (Spanish)
For Vaccine Providers
- Learn about becoming a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider from the Texas Department of State Health Services.