Houston – Houston Methodist Hospital, currently the largest vaccine provider in Texas, is no longer taking COVID-19 vaccine appointments after the slot was filled shortly after launching on Monday.
The public vaccine sign-up went live Monday afternoon.
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Within hours, appointments were not available.
The website included a special note stating the following:
“Thank you for visiting our Vaccine Hub website. We have a tremendous response, and due to limited vaccine supplies, unfortunately we do not have more appointments available at the present time.
“We continue to work with city and state officials to identify and vaccinate our most vulnerable members of the community. We will advise the community when we can remodel the form for more registrars.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
The hospital said it is prioritizing those 75 and older, and 65 and other health issues, as well as health workers.
Roberta Schwartz, executive vice president who runs the hospital’s vaccine delivery, said it would deliver between 14,000 first doses and 12-13,000 second doses this week.
“We are working our way through public sign-ups, we are doing our work through our patient database, as well as our work through the 1A list, as we health workers Continue to be vaccinated, ”Schwartz said.
“We’re looking at … age,” he said. “Then we go to target zip codes, to make sure we’re reaching all of Houston.”
The patient database includes anyone with any connection to the Houston Methodist. Anyone who has visited the emergency room or any employed or private doctors, or who has undergone any testing at the Houston Methodist facility.
That database includes more than one and a half million people who qualify for the vaccine in the state’s section “1B,” Schwartz said, “over 120,000 and older than 75 years of age.”
“We have about 1,000 vaccines for each vaccine we have right now,” he said. “I ask everyone and beg everyone, please be patient. This is a huge process. We have hundreds of people dedicated to (it). “
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