HOUSTON – People who are supposed to get their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine will soon be able to schedule that appointment themselves.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday that the city’s Health Department has received nearly 42,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with nearly 34,000 of them having been administered. He said about 18,600 second doses have been received with 2,300 of those having been administered. He said nearly 12,000 people have appointments to get their second dose this week.
Turner said the Houston Health Department is currently contacting people directly to schedule their second dose. He said that people should give the Health Department until at least 48 hours before their second dose is due before they call the city’s call center to inquire about an appointment.
Stephen Williams, director of the Health Department, said a link will be announced soon that will allow people to be able to schedule their second dose themselves.
Dr. David Persse, the city’s chief medical officer, reminded people that the recommended 28 days is not a hard-and-fast rule. However, he said the second dose is necessary to get the full benefits of the vaccine.
“It is the purpose of the second dose to drive home the immunity within your system and, in fact, to develop those B-cells and the T-memory-cells that will give you long-term immunity,” Persse said.
More community-based clinics in the works
Turner said the city is planning more community-based vaccine clinics in order to ensure an equitable distribution of the shots.