Ask 2: Who is eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine right now?

Texas names group in next phase of vaccine rollout
Texas names group in next phase of vaccine rollout

At KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.

Question: Who is eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine right now?

Answer: As of March 15, 2021, the administration of the coronavirus vaccine is limited to the following groups of people.

According to the Department of State and Health Services, Phase 1A recipients include frontline health care workers and people living in long-term care facilities. Phase 1B recipients include those 65 years of age or older, and 16 years or age or older with at least one of the following chronic medical conditions:

  • Cancer.
  • Chronic kidney disease.
  • COPD.
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies.
  • Solid organ transplantation.
  • Obesity and severe obesity (BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher).
  • Pregnancy.
  • Sickle cell disease.
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Certain types of teachers and child care workers are also eligible to receive the vaccine. These include people who work in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools; Head Start and Early Head Start programs; and those who work as or for licensed child care providers. Staff and bus drivers for any of these eligible fields are also part of the expansion.

Phase 1C includes anyone 50 years old or older.

Starting March 29, all adults in Texas will be eligible to receive the vaccine. An appointment will still be required to get the shot.

If you believe you fall into these groups, you should contact your health care provider for more information about how to receive your shot.

You can find more information about vaccine waitlists here.

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