County-by-county breakdown on COVID-19 vaccine distributions

As more rounds of COVID-19 vaccine doses make their way to the Houston area, local county leaders and health officials are working to implement the best plans possible for distribution.

Here's a vaccine distribution breakdown.

City of Houston


Updated: March 3, 2021
The Houston Health Department announced Wednesday morning that a new waitlist specifically for the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is now open for eligible Houston residents.

The department already had a vaccine waitlist for the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, but opted to open an additional waitlist for the J&J shot, which was approved by the FDA for emergency-use authorization over the weekend.

Both waitlists are available at houstonemergency.org/covid-19-vaccines.

The vaccine waitlists are available for anyone in groups 1A and 1B under Texas Department of State Health Services criteria, including front-line health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, individuals 65 years old and older and individuals 16 years old and older with certain medical conditions.

According to the Houston Health Department, the waitlists are used to schedule the department's allotment of appointments at the FEMA community vaccination center at NRG Park and its other vaccination sites.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not being provided at NRG Park, and will instead be administered at Bayou City Event Center and its other vaccination sites starting Thursday, according to the health department.

Residents age 60 and over can also register by phone through the Area Agency on Aging at 832-393-4301. People with disabilities can call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 832-393-5500. Anyone else needing registration assistance can contact the COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220.

Harris County


Updated: March 1, 2021

Harris County launched a COVID-19 vaccine waitlist, which anyone can add their name to. However, only those who qualify under Phase 1A or 1B will be contacted to schedule an appointment when more slots open up.

People will be selected for a vaccine slot based on a prioritized and randomized process. As more groups are authorized by the state of Texas, appointments will then be offered to them.

For those without computer access, you can call 832-927-8787 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday to Saturday. Help is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Montgomery County


Updated: March 1, 2021

The county health department says you can sign up for the vaccine waitlist by calling 936-523-3916.

The county said the hotline operates Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are eligible, sign up now by visiting the Montgomery County's website. Additional information and resources can be found at mcphd-tx.org.

Brazoria County


Updated: March 1, 2021

All online vaccine appointment slots have been filled. A few phone-in appointments at the Alvin Clinic (281-585-3024) are available for Phase 1B individuals that have limited technology access.

Residents can join the vaccine waitlist at utmb.edu/covid-19/vaccine.

(To Receive Notifications on Your Cell Phone When Vaccines are Available Download the FREE ReadyBrazoria App)

Residents are urged to check the Brazoria County's website often as more slots are added.

Fort Bend County



Updated: Feb. 9, 2021

Fort Bend County Judge K.P. George announced the county has received a large shipment of vaccines from the state for individuals in groups 1A and 1B.

Eligible residents can pre-register at fbchealth.org.

George reminded residents to keep an eye on their spam/junk folders in their email and calls from unknown numbers to assure everyone who pre-registers gets the correct information to book an appointment.

Residents can call Fort Bend County's vaccine hotline at 832-471-1363 for further questions and assistance.

Galveston County


Updated: Feb. 5, 2021

The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston County Health District, and Galveston County joined together to create one COVID-19 vaccine waitlist, which anyone can sign up for.

For those who may not have internet access or a working email address, a phone bank can assist them with the waitlist registration process. They will be asked to provide an email and cell phone number for a relative or close friend to ensure they receive scheduling notifications. The phone bank can be reached at 877-389-2318 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Signing up on the waitlist does not mean you are scheduled for a vaccine appointment. What it means is that you will be contacted when it is your turn based on age and medical conditions.

Vaccines are being administered at the Galveston County Health District in Texas City.

Waller County


Updated: March 3, 2021

The Waller County vaccine waitlist opened at noon on Wednesday, March 3, for doses of the Moderna vaccine.

To start the registration process, visit the Waller County website.

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