Houston – Houston Health Department said 1,600 new appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine were booked within five minutes on Friday afternoon. The department said they received an additional 9,000 doses of the vaccine on Friday.
The new appointments were for the department’s new drive-through vaccination site at Delmar Stadium, which was operated by the United Memorial Medical Center, which is set to open on Monday.
Officials said those who show up without confirmed appointments will be turned away.
The department plans to transfer 800 doses to other providers, vaccinate about 900 people taken away from Minute Med Park last Saturday, and complete current appointments at the Bayou City Event Center, its health centers and multi-service centers did.
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“We are pleased to operate two major vaccination sites next week, one north of the city and the other south. Both of these locations complement the health department’s health centers and multi-service centers, making the vaccine more accessible to all, ”said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “As we receive more vaccines, we will expand partnerships with pharmacy and federated quality health centers to provide vaccines in the most vulnerable communities and deploy mobile strike teams as needed.”
The department plans to announce new appointment opportunities weekly, on a supply basis.
People can learn Notification by registering for AlertHouston’s HoustonRecovers membership at AlertHouston.org about new alert opportunities via email, text message, voice call, or mobile app push notifications.
Appointments are based on vaccine availability and can be adjusted based on department supplies.
As of January 21, the department has given a total of 29,751 doses of the vaccine.
Those who received the first dose of the vaccine through the Department of Health will be contacted to schedule their second dose before the recommended due date. Please see voicemail, text messages and email frequently for details.
The department currently offers the modern vaccine. A second dose of Modern is recommended 28 days after the first dose.
The updated guidance from the CDC states, “The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not possible to follow the recommended interval, a second work of Pfizer-BioNotech and Modern COVID-19 Vaccine may be performed for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. If the second dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to resume the series.
If contact information has changed since receiving the first dose from the Department of Health, please notify the COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220.
Stephen L., director of the Department of Health. “We understand the concern about the second dose and appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to continue the largest mass vaccination effort ever,” Williams said. “Please be assured that if you were vaccinated by the Houston Department of Health, we will reach you within a reasonable timeframe to schedule your second dose.”
When vaccinated, everyone still needs to take care to do masking, practice social disturbances, wash hands and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as people are vaccinated and We learn more about immunity produced by vaccines.
“Please encourage your family and community to take ‘Your Take Your Best Shot’ because the vaccine is more widely available,” Williams said.
For the latest information about COVID-19 vaccination through the Houston Department of Health visit the vaccine page of HoustonEmergency.org/covid19.
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