- COVID-19 Vaccine Houston: Who Qualifies and Where To Get Your Vaccine
COVID-19 Vaccine Houston: Who Qualifies and Where To Get Your Vaccine
If you are in the Houston area and interested in getting your COVID-19 vaccine, this guide will provide you with the information you need to find a provider.
Before providing you with information regarding finding a COVID-19 vaccine in Houston, first, let’s discuss some things you should know about scams surrounding the vaccine.
Ways To Guard Against COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
As if we did not have to worry about enough threats during this pandemic, you can add COVID-19 related scams to that list also.
- Only rely on trusted sources for guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes essentially your doctor and local health departments, like that of the City of Houston and Harris County Public Health Department. In the initial months, the vaccine will be available in limited quantities and only given to certain populations (seniors, those with disabilities, medical professionals).
- Don’t buy a COVID 19 vaccine found online. This includes online pharmacies and medical websites. Again you want to consult with your doctor or the local health department about this.
- Be wary of random messaging with the promise of a COVID 19 vaccine. This includes phone calls, text messages, or social media posts. Pass on these offers, because these are most likely scams.
- Don’t provide money or personal information to anyone calling to offer you a vaccine. This information can be used to bill health care programs, which would be fraud on their part.
- Decline offers to “skip the line” and receive an early COVID-19 vaccine.
Editor’s note: If you received a call from someone soliciting a COVID 19 vaccine that you believe was a scam you can report this to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.
How Much Will The COVID-19 Vaccine Cost?
According to Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, the COVID-19 vaccine will be free of charge to Americans.
The U.S. Government has already paid $7.76 billion for vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Novavax. Azar states that “costs will be covered by private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and our program to cover COVID-19 expenses for the uninsured”.
All that being said it is my opinion that you should still consult with your doctor and especially your health insurance company on the exact details of any COVID-19 expenses.
Register For The City of Houston COVID 19 Vaccine
City of Houston Health Department is offering the public its first chance to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Houston.
Vaccines are limited to certain populations right now therefore the people who are potentially eligible for treatment are:
- Seniors 65 and older
- Individuals 16 and older with a chronic medical condition like:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Heart conditions
- Solid-organ transplantation
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Frontline healthcare workers
To schedule an appointment to receive your Moderna vaccine you will need to contact the COVID-19 call center at 832.393.4220 from 7:30 am to 4 pm.
Editor’s note: On Sunday, January 3rd, all 900 COVID vaccine appointments had been reserved which shows you the demand is high right now. If you plan to try getting a vaccine via the City of Houston call center you should call around 6:50 am to give you the best chance of obtaining an appointment.
Other Ways To Receive A Vaccine In Houston
If you are unable to obtain a COVID vaccine through the City of Houston, consider these alternatives:
Contact Your Primary Care Doctor
At some point your current primary care doctor will have access to the vaccine, therefore you are encouraged to follow up with them to try obtaining a dosage.
Use The Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Finder
The Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Finder was created by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and allows you to find providers who offer the vaccine via an interactive map.
You can obtain a COVID vaccine from a number of Texas medical providers like community clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, health departments, and more. This tool will provide you with all the information you need to schedule your appointment like the address, telephone number, and it also lets you know how many COVID vaccines are available.
If you have questions about the legitimacy of a COVID-19 vaccine that is being offered, you can use this tool as one way to ensure the provider is registered.
If you fall into the current priority populations (seniors over 65, those with chronic disease, healthcare workers) and want a COVID 19 vaccine you can schedule an appointment by calling the City of Houston COVID 19 call center at 832.393.4220.
Other ways to obtain the appointment are by contacting your doctor or using the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Finder tool.
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Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 11 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, walks with the doggo and wife, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans, and sharing community resources. Jump on the Houston Case Managers email list to receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.