HOUSTON – Texas Children’s Hospital, in partnership with Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City of Houston, is hosting a citywide COVID-19 vaccination effort Friday.
Officials announced the citywide vaccination clinic will be at George R. Brown Convention Center from noon to 8 p.m. for attendees ages 5 and older. Eligible participants can receive their first or second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, as needed.
While walk-ins are welcome, participants are encouraged to schedule an appointment by visiting texaschildrens.org. Parents and guardians scheduling appointments for their children do not need to schedule appointments for themselves as they will be offered a first, second, additional or booster dose during their child’s vaccination.
There will also be appearances from Santa and Houston Texans mascot TORO. Children can take home a goodie bag with a small toy and coloring book, and door prizes will be offered, including bikes and gift cards (while supplies last) by the City of Houston.
METRO is offering free rides for those who need transportation to get vaccinated.
During a news conference Monday, Mayor Turner said getting vaccinated is the “best gift that you can give this season.” Turner also urged those eligible to get their COVID-19 booster shot.
As of Sunday, 3,888 people in Houston have died from COVID-19. Mayor Turner said 14 city workers, including police officers and firefighters, have died from the virus.
“We owe it to the people who have died and the heroic healthcare workers who have worked valiantly to save lives,” Turner said. “And we owe it to ourselves, to our children and our loved ones to get fully vaccinated.”