Houston woman gets second COVID-19 vaccine dose after tweeting mayor Turner

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- As more Houstonians start to receive their second COVID-19 vaccine dose, the date provided on the vaccination card for the second dose may not be when they receive it.

Right now, thousands of people a day are receiving their COVID-19 vaccine at various Houston sites. It's a shot Kimberly Mannino told ABC13 she was thrilled to get.

"I felt like I won the lottery," Mannino recalled.

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Mannino, who's part of the second eligible group, said it took three months to get the first dose. She got the first dose last month at Delmar Stadium, where she received a card with a second dose date. But when she contacted the Houston Health Department she was told there were no appointments.

"I felt like it was a slap in the face because I followed every single rule," Mannino recalled. "Other than work, because I'm an essential worker, and the grocery store, I haven't gone out of my house."

Feeling frustrated, Mannino took to social media and sent a tweet to Mayor Sylvester Turner to help address the situation. The next thing she knew, she received a call, and an appointment for a second dose this week.

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"I guess I don't understand all this bureaucracy if it's the exact same vaccine," Mannino said.

The health department said the second dose date on the card may not be when you get a shot. Instead of 21 or 28 days later, it could be 42. The CDC said as long as you receive a second dose within 42 days, the vaccine is still effective.

The city of Houston said it'll reach out upwards of 48 hours before your scheduled appointment for your second dose. A spokesperson said even with expanded eligibility to all Texas adults, there are enough shots available to those who need one - it just may not be a quick as you like.

If you don't receive a text, or email, or miss your second appointment, you can call 832-393-5190 or email HHDCOVID19.CRT@houstontx.gov.

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