Galveston County Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist for High-Risk People


HOUSTON – Galveston County and local health partners on Wednesday announced a new online waitlist application for those wishing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments are currently available for high-risk individuals who meet the criteria in Phase 1A and 1B. Officials said you do not have to be a resident of Gastston County.

The waiting list will start accepting applicants from 4 pm on Wednesday.

To register for the waiting list visit utmbhealth.com/vaccine.

“It will be a single portal for people to come and get in line to get the vaccine.” Dr. of the Local Health Authority of Galveston County. Philip Keizer said. “There is a huge need to do this because as you can see, not only for us, but across the region as soon as any appointments open they go really quickly.”

Officials said applicants will be asked to create an account and answer some health questions, which will be used by medical professionals to ensure that COVID-19 has the highest risk of hospitalization There will be an opportunity to schedule an appointment as a vaccine supply. available.

Officials said that the waiting list would be based on the level of risk and people would be able to register for the waiting list.

Once a person is eligible to receive the vaccine based on their level of risk, they will receive an email alerting them to schedule an appointment. Within the notification, there will be a link to the website where they can schedule an appointment. Officials said the scheduling link would only be valid for 24 hours.

A separate email address is required for everyone wishing to join the waitlist.

For those who may not have internet access or a working email address, a phone bank can assist them in the waitlist registration process. They will be asked to provide an email and cell phone number for a relative or close friend to receive scheduling notifications.

The phone bank can be reached at 877-389-2318.

Health officials said the process would help them prioritize those at high risk.

“If you sign up, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get vaccinated next week. It means that we know who you are and we’re going to get you as soon as possible, “Keizer said.

Galveston County, UTMB Health and Galveston County Health District continue to follow the Texas State Department of Health Service eligibility requirements and are only vaccinating those who fall under Phase 1A, Health Care Workers, and Phase 1B, which 65 And are older or 16 or older. Some medical conditions.

County leaders believe the on-line vaccine waitlist will help simplify the process for getting people vaccinated.

“Once we get the people on this list we will know what the demand is and we will know which those people are so that we can plan better because we get more doses of the vaccine,” Keizer said.

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