University of Houston-Victoria

COVID-19

Vaccines

Beginning in January, Texas established large vaccination sites or hubs around the state. The goal of these hubs is to provide more people with the vaccine and a simpler way to sign up for an appointment. Providers will focus on vaccinating areas and populations hardest hit by COVID‑19. View the COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Provider List, or read about vaccine availability in the Victoria and Houston areas. Phase 1A and 1B individuals now are eligible to receive a vaccine at these hubs, regardless of where they reside.

Phase 1A - First-tier health care workers and long-term care residents include:

  • Unpaid and paid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high-risk for COVID-19.
  • This includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff such as custodians.
  • Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and state-supported living centers. That includes physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, and custodial and food service staff.
  • EMS providers who engage in 911 services like pre-hospital care and transport.
  • Home health care workers, including hospice care, who interact with vulnerable and high-risk patients.
  • Residents of long-term care facilities.

Phase 1A - Second-tier health care workers include:

  • Staff in outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients, such as physicians, nurses and other support staff, clinical services that provide diagnostics, laboratory, and/or rehabilitation services, non-911 transport for routine care and health care workers in corrections and detention facilities.
  • Direct care staff in freestanding emergency medical and urgent care facilities.
  • Community pharmacy staff members who provide direct services to customers, including vaccinations or testing for COVID-19.
  • Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administering COVID-19 tests and vaccines.
  • “Last responders” who provide mortuary or death services to people who have COVID-19 and died. That includes embalmers, funeral home workers, medical examiners and other medical certifiers who have direct contact with a person who has died.
  • School nurses who provide health care to students and teachers.

Phase 1B - People over 65 years old and people over 16 with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • 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)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines in Texas, go to the Texas Department of State Health Services or the following helpful sites: