Houston Health Department

Mayor Turner Announces Houston Health Department Opening of COVID-19 Vaccine Site for the Public


January 1, 2021

UPDATE (Jan. 3) - Appointments for the Houston Health Department's COVID-19 vaccine clinic are full for Sunday, January 3. People without appointments must not show up to the site. 

Most of Sunday's appointments were booked via the department's call center on Saturday. The limited number of remaining appointments anticipated to be available starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday were filled by people who arrived at the site early that morning.

The department vaccinated 1,008 people who qualify under Phase 1A or Phase 1B of the state's guidelines at the clinic's first day on Saturday.

Mayor Sylvester Turner will announce additional vaccination opportunities through the Houston Health Department soon. 

People may visit the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map to find and call nearby providers offering the vaccine to check availability.

As vaccine availability increases in 2021 and more people become eligible, people will be able to get vaccinated at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals and other “usual” sites.

Information about COVID-19 vaccines, including safety and efficacy, is available at the HoustonEmergency.org/covid19.


UPDATE — The Houston Health Department is moving to an on-site appointment system for the January 2 public COVID-19 vaccination clinic, effective immediately.

People who meet Phase 1A or Phase 1B criteria and want to get vaccinated should proceed to the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Rd where they will be provided an appointment time. Capacity is limited to 750 appointments.

The volume of calls to the COVID-19 call center overwhelmed the system, causing technical issues. The call center will re-open once the issues are resolved.


HOUSTON - Mayor Sylvester Turner has authorized the Houston Health Department to open the city's first free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, January 2. The clinic will expand vaccine access to the general public at high risk of severe illness and death from coronavirus disease.

To make an appointment to receive the Moderna vaccine, please call the health department's COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220 between the hours of  7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. beginning Saturday, Jan. 2. 

The call center will provide the location and appointment time for each person who registers to be vaccinated. Houston Health Department staff will screen people when they first drive into the clinic premises, direct them to a secure area to receive the vaccination, and monitor them for any adverse reaction for 15 minutes. 

The State of Texas' Phase 1B distribution plan prioritizes people 65 and older and people 16 and older, who have at least one chronic medical condition, putting them at increased risk. Please note: The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for persons 18 years of age and older in the U.S. population under the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization. Per CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

"We are working efficiently to vaccinate eligible frontline employees and vulnerable Houstonians," said Mayor Turner. "The virus has taken a toll, especially among the elderly and black and brown communities. The vaccine is our best shot to help prevent people from getting sick and potentially suffering severe consequences."

Medical conditions placing people at high risk include cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart conditions, solid organ transplantation, obesity and severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, and type 2 diabetes. 

Frontline healthcare workers are also eligible for vaccination as part of the Phase 1A distribution that began in mid-December. 

People who meet the Phase 1A or 1B criteria are eligible to register to receive the free vaccine by appointment from the health department at the Saturday mass clinic. 

The health department’s current daily capacity is 750 doses per day. The COVID-19 call center schedules appointments in the order in which vaccination requests are received. 

The Houston Health Department will announce additional free vaccination opportunities as supply increases.

Many medical providers offer a vaccine based on availability. People who qualify should contact their medical provider or use the Texas Department of State Health Services' online map to find and call vaccine providers. 

Information about COVID-19 vaccines, including safety and efficacy, is available at the HoustonEmergency.org/covid19.