Thank you for your patience as we work to catch up from delays caused by the winter storm. If you were due for your second dose February 15-23, you will be contacted this week about scheduling your second dose appointment. If you are not contacted by Friday afternoon, please contact our call center at 832-393-4220.
Area Agency on Aging Waitlist (NRG Park)
The Houston Health Department is offering an online registration option for qualifying people to join the Area Agency on Aging waitlist, which is used for the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at NRG Park.
People with internet or technology challenges may call 832-393-4301 to join the waitlist. Please leave a voicemail with a name and phone number and calls will be returned.
The department’s NRG Park waitlist is open to people age 65 and older and people age 60 and older with chronic health conditions. People with disabilities may also join the waitlist.
Join the Harris County Public Health waitlist at ReadyHarris.org or by calling 832-927-8787.
Houston Health Department Appointments
When new appointments are available, the registration portal will be posted on this page.
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.
The Houston Health Department is reaching out by text message and email with information to schedule second doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The messages contain a survey link for people to self-register for a second dose appointment.
The messages are sent 24-48 hours before Moderna's 28-day recommended due date. Please only call if you have not received a message within that timeframe.
People with internet or technology challenges and those who don’t receive a message should contact the COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220.
If contact information has changed since a person received their first dose from the health department, please alert the call center.
Who Currently Qualifies
- Phase 1A focuses on front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
- Phase 1B focuses on people 65 and older and those with medical conditional that put them at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Vaccine is anticipated to be more widely available to the general public by approximately May. In the meantime, please be gracious and allow those at higher risk to have access sooner.
As vaccines are authorized, there will be a limited supply at first as manufacturing and distribution ramps up.
As vaccine availability increases in 2021, people will be able to get vaccinated at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals and other “usual” sites.
Each vaccine recipient will receive a card with information about the vaccine they received, and doses administered will be recorded in ImmTrac2, the state immunization registry, so that providers and recipients can ensure they receive the correct second dose.
Even when vaccines are available, people will need to take precautions like masking up, practicing social distancing and washing hands to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as people get vaccinated and we learn more about the immunity produced by the vaccines.
Safety and Efficacy
Vaccines are cleared for Emergency Use Authorization after rigorous review by FDA based on scientific evidence about safety and effectiveness gathered through large clinical trials.
The COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
Having symptoms like fever after getting a vaccine is normal and a sign a person’s immune system is learning to fight the virus.
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.
The health department is currently offering the Moderna vaccine. View the Moderna fact sheet on the FDA 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.