JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID-19 VACCINE WAITLIST
ABC13: The Houston Health Department announced Wednesday morning that a new waitlist specifically for the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is now open for eligible Houston residents.
Click here for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine waitlist
FEMA’S MASS VACCINATION SITE
Houston and Harris County are set to open a mass vaccination site Tuesday at NRG Park with the help of FEMA.
The site is expected to vaccinate 6,000 people each day for seven days a week for the next three weeks. They will then transition to second doses for three more weeks.
FEMA will incur 100% of the costs of personnel and equipment.
“This site marks the biggest effort to date to get our community vaccinated,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said.
Both the city and county’s health departments said they are prioritizing vaccinating residents in high-risk ZIP codes, along with older people and those with serious health conditions.
The high-risk ZIP codes are:
If you don’t reside in any one of these ZIP codes, you are still eligible to get vaccinated if you fall into one of the following categories:
- People age 65 and older who live in high-risk zip codes
- People age 65 years and older
- People age 60-64 with underlying medical conditions who live in high-risk zip codes
- People age 60-64 with underlying medical conditions
Click here to register for The Houston Health Department’s NRG site that opens Tuesday 2/23.
Click here to register for the waitlist.
You can also call (832) 927-8787 or (832) 393-4301) to be added to those waitlists.
COVID-19 VACCINATION PORTAL
Starting on Tuesday, January 26th, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will launch a new COVID-19 Vaccination Portal for residents who meet the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) criteria for receiving a vaccine. The portal will allow individuals to be placed on a waitlist and contacted once vaccines and appointments are available. The waitlist will be available via the vaccine information link on ReadyHarris.org and https://vacstrac.hctx.net starting no later than Tuesday afternoon. Eligible residents without internet access can also call (832) 927-8787 once the portal is live to be placed on the waitlist.
Harris County’s new “Smart Waitlist” system will not use a first-come, first-served process for allocating vaccines. In order to ensure fair access for elderly residents, working families, and vulnerable populations, registrants on the waitlist will instead be selected through a prioritization and randomization process in accordance with state guidelines. Only individuals who fall under the DSHS Phase 1A and 1B category will be eligible to receive the vaccine at this stage. Those who are not qualified to receive the vaccine under 1A or 1B will still be able to be placed on the waitlist but will not be contacted to schedule an appointment until the State of Texas expands eligibility beyond 1A and 1B, likely not until the Spring or Summer.
- Phase 1A: Individuals in Phase 1A who register for the waitlist will be prioritized before those in Phase 1B to ensure everyone in Phase 1A has an opportunity to receive the vaccine. Within Phase 1A, individuals will be selected at random from the following age cohorts, with oldest cohorts prioritized first: 75+, 65-74, 55-64, 45-54, 35-44, 25-34, 18-24.
- Phase 1B: Individuals in Phase 1B who register for the waitlist will be selected at random from the following age cohorts, with oldest cohorts prioritized first: 75+, 65-74, 55-64, 45-54, 35-44, 25-34, 18-24.
- Future Phases: Individuals who are not qualified to receive the vaccine under Phases 1A or 1B will still be able to register for the waitlist. However, they will not be contacted to schedule an appointment until the Texas DSHS expands eligibility beyond Phases 1A and 1B.
Once individuals are selected to receive a vaccine, they will be provided a link with instructions on how to select a location and time to get vaccinated at a HCPH site.
The launch of this new portal and waitlist expands the previous process by allowing eligible residents to sign up for vaccines on their own directly. Since December, Harris County Public Health has administered 27,426 vaccines to eligible residents, less than a week after receiving each shipment. To date, HCPH has so far been reaching out directly to and vaccinating front-line workers under Phase 1A and specific groups in Phase 1B who have high contacts or will have trouble obtaining a vaccine outside of HCPH.