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Local hospitals, clinics preparing to give patients second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

HOUSTON – At the Fairway Medical Clinics in Houston and Pearland, Dr. Murtaza Mussaji says the calls just keep coming from patients who want to take the COVID-19 vaccine right now.

“Honestly, we have been overwhelmed by the amount of calls from people,” Mussaji said.

At first, the doctor was offering the shot only to medical providers, first responders and the rest of the people in group 1A.

But now, he and his staff are scheduling appointments for the vaccine with members of the general public who are over the age of 65 or have significant, chronic health problems like heart disease.

But the rule with the COVID-19 vaccines is that it takes more than just one shot to protect you.

Doctors said there must be two shots given, spaced apart by at least four weeks.

So the question is, when and how are hospitals and clinics scheduling those second COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Right now, at his two clinics, Dr. Mussaji said they are only offering the vaccine to established patients within the practice and the appointments for the second dose are actually set up with those people at the very time they are getting their first shot.

“When we administer the vaccine and we have them in the chair, we schedule their second dose appointment right there and then,” Mussaji said. “We give them a card with important information about the vaccine and a date and time to return for the second dose. The state assures us they will send us more vaccine so we will have enough to provide those 2nd doses to our clients.”

Several other small medical clinics that KPRC 2 contacted gave the same information.

All the providers we talked to say, number one, be patient and wait until you are eligible to schedule an appointment.

The state has an interactive map that will show you all of the providers in your area that are offering the vaccine.

You are urged to find one, then call them.

Don’t just show up and expect to get an appointment for your shot, you must call first to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated.