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What’s Next with the COVID19 Vaccine in Texas
Who can get the vaccine now?
Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities (called Phase 1A) plus people over 65 or with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID19 (called Phase 1B) are currently eligible to receive the COVID19 vaccine.
Phase 1B recipients include:
⦁ People 65 years of age and older
⦁ People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
⦁ Chronic kidney disease
⦁ COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
⦁ Down Syndrome
⦁ Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
⦁ Solid organ transplantation
⦁ Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
⦁ Sickle cell disease
⦁ Type 2 diabetes mellitus
If I’m eligible for vaccine now, how do I get one?
If you are in Phase 1A or 1B, you have two options to get the vaccine: you can get vaccinated at a large vaccine hub or a local vaccine provider.
Beginning in January, Texas established large vaccination sites or hubs around the state. The goal of these hubs is to provide more people the vaccine and a simpler way to sign up for an appointment.
Please check the COVID19 Vaccination Hub Providers page to find a hub near you and learn how to register. Remember, vaccine supply is still limited in Texas, even though more arrives each week.
⦁ Do not show up at a vaccine hub without first signing up or checking the provider’s instructions for scheduling.
⦁ Hub providers may already have long waiting lists or may be no longer accepting appointments for the week.
⦁ Each hub’s registration process is different, so look carefully at the hub’s registration site for details.
⦁ Depending on the provider, you may be placed on a waiting list and/or may be contacted (phone, email, or text) when vaccines become available.
Another option is to check with a vaccine provider near you. Local vaccine providers, like pharmacies, may have vaccine available. Use the Texas COVID19 Vaccine Availability map to find a provider near you with vaccine available. Check the provider’s website for how to best sign up for a vaccine.
⦁ Do not show up at a hospital or clinic looking for vaccine.
⦁ Instead please check their website for information about vaccine availability and/or a wait list.
⦁ Call only if the website doesn’t answer your questions.
Thank you for your patience as Texas receives more vaccine every week.
After Phase 1, who gets the vaccine next and when?
Spring 2021 is the best estimate of when vaccine will be available for the general public, but that may change. It depends on vaccine production and how quickly other vaccines become available. The Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) is considering what criteria could be used for later stages of vaccine distribution. This webpage will be updated when those decisions are completed.