Accessibility issues and misinformation have created rollout challenges throughout the region. Here’s what you need to know.
Where can I get the vaccine?
Vaccines are available at pharmacies, grocery stores and ad-hoc vaccination centers set up at major locations throughout the region, including NRG Stadium in Harris County.
Each county has different resources and distribution patterns for getting residents vaccinated. Check this map and this tool to explore your vaccination options throughout the state.
Who can get the vaccine?
As of now, there are three categories of vaccine eligibility (1A, 1B and 1C), determined by various factors including age, occupation and underlying health conditions.
1A) Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities
1B) People 65+ or people 16+ with a health condition that increases risk of severe COVID‑19 illness
1C) All residents age 50 and older
In some counties where there is a surplus of vaccine supply, individuals who do not meet the current criteria may still be able to obtain the vaccine.
Who should get the vaccine?
It is essential that as many people as possible get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has proven safe and effective through many clinical trials, and all currently available options are shown to safely protect recipients against severe effects from COVID-19 and reduce the likelihood of infection/transmission.
However, the vaccine may not be safe for some, including:
- Children 16 and younger
- People who have received a different vaccine within the last 14 days
- People who are severely immunocompromised
- People who have allergies to vaccine components