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COVID-19 VACCINE

Who's receiving the vaccine now?
Everyone age 12 and older is now 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

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

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





Side Effects & Allergic Reactions

Mild side effects are normal signs your body is building protection, and they usually go away after a few days. The chance of a severe reaction is less than 0.5%. To be safe, your provider will have you wait on-site for 15-30 minutes after your shot.

V-safe: Register with CDC's V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker on your smartphone to report any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders for your second vaccine dose.

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?
The vaccines work and help keep people from getting and spreading COVID-19. Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks or social distance during most indoor and outdoor activities.

You are fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose vaccine. 

You should continue to follow requirements businesses have for their employees and customers.

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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