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COVID-19 VACCINE

Everyone age 12 and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people age 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 12 and older

Important to Know - Two Doses
Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines both require two doses. It’s best if you get your second dose from the same brand as your first dose. For example, if you got a Moderna first dose, it’s best to get Moderna for your second dose.  The timing between your first and second dose depends on which vaccine you received:   

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  • Moderna: 4 to 6 weeks after your first dose                 
  • Pfizer: 3 to 6 weeks after your first dose





Third Dose Recommended for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised Individuals
As of Friday, August 13, 2021, people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are eligible for a third dose of an mRNA vaccine. This includes people who have:

  • been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response


COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Coming Fall 2021

Federal health officials have developed a plan to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots this fall. More details from federal health officials are coming. For current information on the plan, see the Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots issued on Aug. 18, 2021.

Vaccination Data and Information 


Retail Pharmacies List
Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccine appointments are available or visit CDC’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program website.

Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler
The new Texas Vaccine Scheduler helps Texans get scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine at clinics hosted by participating Texas public health entities.

Register online at GetTheVaccine.dshs.texas.gov. You will be notified by email or text when and where to get the vaccine. If there’s not an available clinic near you, you will be directed to other places to get your vaccine.

Call (833) 832-7067 if you don’t have internet or need help signing up. Call center support is available 7am-7pm, 7 days a week.

Spanish language and other translators are available to help callers.

Find Vaccine by Phone
Texas businesses or civic organizations can call 844-90-TEXAS (844-908-3927) and select Option 3 to schedule a visit from a state mobile vaccine team to vaccinate employees, visitors, or members. To qualify for a visit, a business or civic organization must have 10 or more employees, visitors, or members who voluntarily choose to be vaccinated. Homebound Texans are also encouraged to call the hotline and select Option 1 to request a state mobile vaccination team to visit their home.

Americans can now text their ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish to immediately receive addresses of nearby available vaccination centers.

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible. Systems that allow CDC to watch for safety issues are in place across the entire country.

** After taking the COVID-19 Vaccine, please sign-up for VSafe ** 
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you. And v-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Your participation in CDC’s v-safe makes a difference — it helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe. 

Sign up with your smartphone’s browser at the following link: https://vsafe.cdc.gov/

Now That I'm Vaccinated, do I Still Have to Wear a Mask?
In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

Vaccine Provider List
Please visit the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map to see if and where you might be able to get a vaccine. Ability to get a vaccine will depend on vaccine availability at your provider’s office, clinic, or facility. Each week, the state releases the list of all providers in Texas receiving vaccine. Please call ahead to your provider or check the provider’s website for availability. Many providers give vaccine availability information on their websites and are also in the process of implementing registration systems.

You can find vaccines in our area at the following link: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/

Have Questions? Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions page.

For all Texas COVID-19 vaccine information, go to dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

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