Johnson & Johnson Update

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.

Take your BEST SHOT! Protect yourself and your loved ones. Get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Click here to find COVID-19 vaccine providers near you.

All Texas Adults Qualify for Vaccination

As of Monday, March 29, 2021, everyone age 16 and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.

All vaccines are authorized for people age 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 16 and older.

Appointments

The appointment portals are OPEN for first doses for the week of April 12, 2021.

Moderna Vaccine

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.

NRG Park

Join the Harris County Public Health waitlist for Johnson & Johnson vaccine at NRG Park online at vacstrac.hctx.net or by calling 832-927-8787.

What You Need to Know

  • Vaccines from PfizerModerna, 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. 

Access & Equity Strategy

The Houston Health Department nationally-recognized Access & Equity response strategy puts vital resources directly in communities where people are more likely to die if they get COVID-19.

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.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences. Anyone can submit a report to VAERS, including parents and patients.

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.

Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.
Image of person getting COVID-19 vaccination.