The waitlist for the NRG Park coronavirus vaccine clinic is being expanded.
Stephen Williams, director of the Houston Health Department, said Monday that the waitlist is being expanded to everyone who qualifies to receive the vaccine under phases 1A and 1B.
Phase 1A of the state’s criteria focuses on frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1B focuses on people 65 and older and people age 16 and older with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Williams said the large number of vaccines that can be administered at the NRG Park site necessitated the widening of those who qualify for the waitlist.
Go to houstonemergency.org/covid-19-vaccines or call 832-393-4301 to join the waitlist. 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.
The expansion applies to people in Harris County, as well. Go to vacstrac.hctx.net or call 832-927-8787 to join the Harris County version of the waitlist.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said 6,000 doses of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine are expected to arrive in Houston this week. That’s in addition to the 9,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine that were already headed to the city.
Harris County Public Health officials said they expect to receive about 12,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.
A year into the pandemic, Turner said that there is “light at the end of the pandemic tunnel” but people should continue to wear masks and keep their distance from others.