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Where We Are and What’s Next with the COVID‑19 Vaccine in Texas

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Texas continues to receive doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, and is distributing statewide to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs and other clinics.

Where We Are

All providers that have received COVID-19 vaccine must immediately vaccinate healthcare workers, Texans over the age of 65, and people with medical conditions that put them at a greater risk of severe disease or death from COVID-19. No vaccine should be kept in reserve.”

– DSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt, M.D.

How Bellville Medical Center is prioritizing vaccines

  1. Hospital Employees
  2. Other HCWs and First Responders
  3. 65+ yrs of age and older, with guidance of those at most risk first from our medical providers
  4. 16+ with at least one co-morbidity
  5. We are estimating it will not be until roughly Spring 2021 before we are open to the general public for vaccination; however, we are beginning to get our allotments of vaccines in and we will go by our list of callers wishing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
    1. Please be patient as this will take some time
    2. Please do not repeatedly call and check on the status of where you are on the list… this ties up our phone lines, if you have provided your name, date of birth, and a good contact number, we will call you as soon as we have a vaccine available for you.
    3. Please do not show up expecting to receive the vaccine if we have not called you and verified information with you
  6. You DO NOT have to just be on the hospital list. You are welcome to call other places that may be able to get you vaccinated quicker than we may be able to.

If I’m eligible for vaccine now, how do I get one?

The week of January 11, Texas will direct most COVID-19 vaccines received to large sites or hubs around the state to vaccinate more than 100,000 people.

  • The goal of this plan is to provide more people 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.

If you are in Phase 1 and eligible to receive the vaccine, please check the COVID‑19 Vaccination Hub Providers page to find a hub near you and learn how to register.

Alternately, you can also check the websites of vaccine providers listed on the Texas COVID‑19 Vaccine Availability map to see if they have enough vaccine supply at this time.

Remember:

  • Do not show up at a hospital or clinic looking for vaccine.
  • Instead please check their website for information about vaccine availability.
  • Call only if the website doesn’t answer your questions.

Vaccine hubs aim to provide more vaccines quicker and easier. Texas vaccine supply is limited (but more arrives every week) and it will take time to vaccinate all.

For more information

Visit the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.