Here are things to know for Tuesday, Jan. 5:
1. Houston Health Department launches online registration for COVID-19 vaccinations
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.
2. FDA warning over false-negative results with Curative’s COVID-19 test
The Food and Drug Administration is warning about the risk of false results, specifically false negatives, with Curative’s COVID-19 test.
The agency posted an alert to patients and healthcare providers on its website on Monday.
“The dangers of the false-negative are multifold,” said Joe Petrosino, a professor and chair of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. “There’s people who are at risk for severe disease who would think that they’re ok but in actuality had the disease.”
3. Here is where vaccine distributions are headed in Texas
The first round of second coronavirus doses are arriving in Texas this week.
According to officials at the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is delivering 224,250 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to providers to administer the required second dose of the vaccine to those who received their first shot during the week of Dec. 14. Those will be the first people in the state to be completely vaccinated against the coronavirus.
State officials said Texas has received about 1.5 million doses of the vaccine. More than 325,000 doses will be distributed to providers across Texas during the next week.
4. Houston woman clings to hood of speeding car after $10,000 dog stolen
A frightening scene on a Houston highway. A woman clung to the hood of a speeding car while trying to get back a stolen puppy. Police said they are now searching for one of two suspects they believe was involved after an arrest was made Tuesday.
Bully Kamp in Harris County is full of bulldogs, exotic breeds and the people that care for them.
Alize James said on Nov. 4, a couple came into her store to look at different breeds of dogs. They decided to buy a $10,000 exotic bully, according to James. Then as she went upstairs to grab paperwork for a nearby UPS driver, the couple left the store, the woman had the dog in her arms.
5. JJ Watt speaks on the possibility of last Texans game
Whether or not J.J. Watt will return to the Texans has been a major topic this season. With no knowledge of who the team will hire as general manager, Watt has been candid that he’s not sure where he stands.
After Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans, Watt reiterated that there are too many “unknowns.” But he added that he hopes Texans fans know how he feels about them.