COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Covid-19 Vaccine and Syringe

Vaccine Updates 

To simplify the registration process for COVID-19 vaccine appointments at sites around the county, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston County Health District, and Galveston County will begin using a vaccine waitlist. 

 

Those interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine can go to utmbhealth.com/vaccine to register for the waitlist. The registration process will require an account be set up and a series of questions regarding health status be answered. A separate email address will be required for each person signing up. This information will be used to make sure our most vulnerable populations have the opportunity to get scheduled for vaccination. 

 

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 the hours of 8:00 and 5:00pm, Monday - Friday.

 

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. In accordance with guidance from the Texas Department of State Health Services, only individuals that under Phase 1A, health care workers, and Phase 1B, those 65 and older or 16 and older with certain medical conditions, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.


Only those in Phase 1A and 1B are asked to sign up at this time using the portal and phone number information listed below.

utmbhealth.com/vaccine to register 

• Or call 877-389-2318


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If you would like to receive a vaccine, you can also visit the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map. Please keep in mind that not all locations are currently vaccinating the general public. You can also check with your health care provider to see what their plan is to roll out the vaccine.

Phase 1A: Health Care Workers Definition

First Tier

  • Paid and unpaid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to: 
    • Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
    • Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic and/or rehabilitation services 
    • Others having direct contact with patients or infectious materials 
  • Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes:
    • Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state supported living centers 
    • Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff 
  • EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport 
  • Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk patients 
  • Residents of long-term care facilities

Second Tier

  • Staff in outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients. Such as but not limited to: 
    • Physicians, nurses, and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
    • Clinical staff providing diagnostic, laboratory, and/or rehabilitation services
    • Non 9-1-1 transport for routine care
    • Healthcare workers in corrections and detention facilities 
  • Direct care staff in freestanding emergency medical care facilities and urgent care clinics 
  • Community pharmacy staff who may provide direct services to clients, including vaccination or testing for individuals who may have COVID 
  • Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administration of COVID testing and vaccinations 
  • Last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19. Includes:
    • Embalmers and funeral home workers who have direct contact with decedents 
    • Medical examiners and other medical certifiers who have direct contact with decedents
    • School nurses who provide health care to students and teachers 

Phase 1B

  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People 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:
    • Cancer
    • 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)
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines