Turner, Hidalgo explain who will get priority at COVID-19 vaccination super site at NRG Park, how it will work

HOUSTON – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner explained certain people will receive priority at the NRG Park COVID-19 vaccination super site to soft launch on Tuesday and go into full operation on Wednesday.

Hidalgo explained officials are looking for “fair, efficient and equitable” vaccination using the Harris County and City of Houston vaccination waitlists. With that in mind, Hidalgo and Turner said people in 10 ZIP codes will receive priority due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to the number of cases in their area as well as lack of access to health care, underlying medical conditions and other economical and social data associated with people in the ZIP codes.

When those people are served, she said vaccine recipients will be drawn from the broader list.

Turner explained there will be four priorities from the waitlist.

  • Priority 1: People 65 and older who live in high-risk ZIP code
  • Priority 2: People ages 65 years and older
  • Priority 3: People ages 60-64 with underlying medical conditions who live in high-risk ZIP code
  • Priority 4: People ages 60-64 with underlying medical conditions

The high-risk ZIP codes are: 77022, 77029, 77032, 77078, 77087, 77093, 77502, 77504, 77506, 77587, 77011, 77012, 77015, 77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77033, 77037, 77038, 77039, 77048, 77086, 77091, 77503, 77060, 77080, 77099, 77013, 77014, 77036, 77050, 77051, 77076, 77090.

To register for the Harris County waitlist visit the vaccination link on ReadyHarris.org or call 832-927-8787. To register for the City of Houston waitlist, people age 65 and older can call the city’s department Area Agency on Aging at 832-393-4301.

The NRG Park site is expected to begin vaccinations for eligible members of the public on Wednesday.

A limited number of vaccines will be provided as part of a soft launch of the center on Tuesday, authorities said in a news release.

The site is designed to serve 6,000 people per day, seven days a week for three weeks before transitioning to second doses for three weeks. A total of 142,000 individuals are expected to be fully vaccinated.

Watch a replay of the conference below:

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner talk about the mass vaccination site at NRG Park.

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