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Here's How You Can Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine

April 6, 2021 - Katie McCallum

Since the first COVID-19 vaccines were made available in December 2020, many have eagerly awaited the chance to get vaccinated.

The wait has been hard, but necessary. With vaccine demand exceeding supply, early phases of vaccine distribution needed to focus on our most vulnerable, such as health care workers, nursing home residents and other high risk groups.

But now — several months into vaccine distribution and with three vaccines now available — you're probably wondering when the vaccine will be made available to you.

All Texans 16 years of age and older are now eligible to get vaccinated

As of Monday, March 29, 2021, all Texans 16 years of age and older are now eligible to get vaccinated, and Houston Methodist is here to help.

Houston Methodist is a state-designated vaccine hub for the at-risk public, and as such, we receive vaccine from the state. We are limited by the supply of vaccine we receive and are working hard to vaccinate our community as supplies allow. There is not cost to you for the vaccine.

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines

So far, three vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA:

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, also known as the Johnson & Johnson, (J&J) vaccine

Pfizer and Moderna are mRNA vaccines and require two doses, while the J&J vaccine is a viral vector vaccine that requires only one dose.

Each of the currently approved vaccines provides strong protection against COVID-19 and has similar side effects. There's no "best" vaccine right now, and health experts recommend taking the first COVID-19 vaccine made available to you.

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