Houston Health Department launches online registration portal for COVID-19 vaccinations

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HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department on Monday launched an online registration portal that allows eligible Houstonians to schedule appointments to receive free COVID-19 vaccinations.

On Monday, officials said vaccine appointments at the city’s clinics are booked for the month of January and new appointments are not being taken at this time. As additional doses are arriving, the department is pushing local vaccination efforts and plans to announce more free vaccination opportunities.

People age 65 and older and people age 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition putting them at increased risk of severe illness and death may sign up to get the vaccine at HoustonEmergency.org/COVID19. These groups are part of Phase 1B of the State of Texas’ vaccine distribution plan. A Spanish version is anticipated to launch later in the day, health officials said.

Frontline healthcare workers who haven’t received the vaccine are also eligible to sign up to get the shot through the health department, as they are a part of the Phase 1A distribution.

People who are considered to be high risk include those with cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart conditions, solid organ transplantation, obesity and severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease and type 2 diabetes.

Appointments are also available through the Health Department’s COVID-19 call center by calling 832-393-4220. The call center is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hours extended until 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, go to the COVID-19 Vaccine page at HoustonEmergency.org/covid19.

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