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 county-by-county vaccine distribution breakdown.

Brazoria County

Updated: Jan. 18, 2021

In Brazoria County, over 80 facilities are enrolled with the state to receive and administer the COVID-19 vaccine. County officials encourage eligible residents who fall into Phase 1A and Phase 1B to be on the look out for information from local pharmacies and urgent care facilities, for dates as to when the vaccine will be available at those locations.
More information and updates can be found on the Brazoria County website.

County will post COVID-19 vaccine information and updates on the Brazoria County website.

Fort Bend County

Updated: Jan. 18, 2021

Fort Bend County announced Jan. 4 it received 1,000 vaccines and would begin contacting preregistered individuals to schedule their first dose, but as of Jan. 5, the county's coronavirus vaccine preregistration was full.

The local distribution of the coronavirus vaccine began with Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land being the first to receive a Pfizer vaccine shipment in the area. Additional hospitals and local pharmacies received shipments from both Pfizer and Moderna the following week.

"We have requested that more vaccine be made available to our citizens," Fort Bend County Judge KP George said. "We are working very closely with the concerned authorities, and we are doing everything in our power to make sure it is distributed in an orderly manner."

George said the county has requested "hundreds of thousands" of vaccines, but the actual allocation remains up to the state. While preregistration for the vaccine has filled up, George said registration for future vaccine shipments will open soon. According to the Fort Bend County Health & Human Services website, "registration will re-open once a significant number of registrants are vaccinated or FBHHS receives a larger allotment of the vaccine."

Registering, however, does not necessarily mean someone will be next in line for vaccination, George said. Prioritization of the distribution at that point will defer to the Health and Human Services Department.

"As soon as they make them available, we will get the information out," George said. "We are eventually going to open up a registration process where you could sign up-you could register-to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available."

As of Jan. 7, Fort Bend County had provided the first dose of the vaccine to 10,782 individuals, according to the Texas Health and Human Services website. During that distribution, Fort Bend County has focused on first responders, health care workers and medical providers.

Resources to additional COVID-19 vaccine providers are also listed on the Fort Bend County Health website.

Our partners at Community Impact contributed to his report.

Galveston County

Updated: Jan. 19, 2021

All available appointments for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have been filled and the county is not currently taking future appointments. As additional vaccine doses are made available to the health district, officials will share that information on the county's website.

For more information, visit the Galveston County Health District's website.

Harris County

Updated: Jan. 22, 2021

The Houston Health Department is opening 1,600 new COVID-19 vaccination appointment slots for the week of Jan. 25. The appointments are for first doses only.

Starting Friday, Jan. 22, those who fall under Phase 1A or 1B of the state's vaccination criteria can now visit the city's website to register. The appointment portal will close when the slots are full.

Appointments are only confirmed upon receipt of an email or text message and confirmation numbers will be verified on site.

The new appointments are for the department's new drive-thru vaccination site at Delmar Stadium, operated by United Memorial Medical Center slated to open on Monday.

People who show up without confirmed appointments will be turned away.

Slots fill up quickly, so the city recommends signing up for emergency alerts through email, text message, voice call or mobile app push notification.

Montgomery County

Updated: Jan. 19, 2021

A COVID-19 drive-thru mass vaccination site will open Wednesday in Montgomery County, according to County Judge Mark Keough.

Keough said that the Department of State Health Services allocated 2,000 doses to Lone Star Family Health Center this week, helping to make the mass vaccination effort possible.

The site will open Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. and run through Friday, Jan. 22 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe until all vaccine doses have been administered.

The county says it will follow these guidelines issued by the state of Texas when it comes to administering COVID-19 immunizations:

  • Front-line healthcare workers and first responders
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • Persons age 65 and over
  • Persons age 18 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:

Chronic kidney disease
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
Solid organ transplantation
Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Those who fall into the above categories and need to make an appointment can normally do so at this website. However, a check of the website as of 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 shows that no appointments are available for the week of Jan. 18 - Jan. 24. You're advised to check back for updates on appointments for the next allotments from the state.

If your registration was accepted and you were assigned a date and time to receive your vaccination, you must bring your QR code and a valid form of identification to receive a vaccine.

Vaccinations are appointment only. You won't be allowed inside the vaccine site without an appointment.

Washington County

Updated: Jan. 18, 2021

Washington County announced registration for the COVID-19 vaccine will be available through the Regional Vaccination SubHUB starting Jan. 18 at 8 a.m.

The vaccination drive-thru was set to start at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on Jan. 19. Registration will be open from Jan. 18 to Jan. 21, while supplies last.

The state has allocated 2,000 vaccines for this subHUB.

How to register: Call 1-800-845-8035. No walk-ins will be accepted.
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