COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
According to the Texas Department of Health Services, starting this week, Texas is distributing COVID-19 vaccines to large sites or hubs around the state to vaccinate more than 100,000 people. The goal of setting up hubs is to provide more people with the vaccine and to simplify the appointment process. Hubs are in areas with populations hardest hit by COVID-19.
The department published a COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Providers directory, along with phone numbers or websites for public registration. This information can be found at COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Providers.
Additionally, this link allows a geographic search to locate vaccine providers statewide and will display contact information and dose availability.
People in the following categories currently are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
- Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities (called Phase 1A)
- People over 65 or with a chronic medical condition putting them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID‑19 (called Phase 1B). These chronic medical conditions include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- 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
- Do not show up at a hub, hospital or clinic looking for a vaccine.
- Instead, please check their websites for information about vaccine availability and appointment scheduling.
- Even after receiving two doses of the vaccine, continue to social distance and wear a mask.
As more vaccines arrive every week, it is important to remember that vaccine supplies are limited right now and it will take time to vaccinate all. For the general public, it is estimated the vaccine will be available this spring, but that may change depending on factors such as vaccine production and approval and availability of other vaccines.
For more information, visit the TDSHS COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage.