A minimum of Three Houston hospitals are making ready to present COVID-19 booster syringes – Houston Public Media
A COVID-19 vaccine dose will be prepared on February 11, 2021 at the TSU vaccination center.
At least three Houston hospitals are offering COVID-19 booster vaccinations to immunocompromised patients after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration approved the third vaccination earlier this month.
The Memorial Hermann Health System announced on Wednesday that it had begun giving the third shot of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to people with compromised immune systems, either caused by disease, medical treatment, or organ transplants.
The hospital system will begin the third dose for the general public starting the week of September 20, as recommended by the CDC, which advised people to get the third vaccination eight months after receiving their second dose.
A Houston Methodist spokesman told Houston Public Media that the hospital system began giving booster injections immediately after the CDC published its recommendations earlier this month.
As of Tuesday, a total of 864,685 syringes had been administered in the hospital system, including 3,299 a third dose. Most of those vaccinations were the Pfizer vaccine, which was officially approved by the FDA on Monday.
The Methodist spokesman added that the hospital will accept walk-ins for the third dose once the FDA approves Pfizer’s booster. Until then, Methodist will reserve the third dose for those who are either given a doctor’s prescription for the syringe or for those who are immunocompromised.
In Houston Matters on Wednesday, St. Luke CEO Doug Lawson said the hospital was also planning to give the third syringe but is currently pending formal approval from the CDC.
“We will be absolutely involved in this process,” said Lawson. “(We) are working hard to make sure Houston is well vaccinated and prepared for this surge and any upcoming surge.”
It’s unclear if other health systems across the state are planning a booster shot, but Austin Public Health has started delivering the third shot in their clinics, and pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS are also offering the third shot, according to the KUT. The Baptist Health System in San Antonio is currently awaiting government approval of the third Pfizer shot before it begins administration.
The news comes after U.S. health officials announced last week that all U.S. adults will be eligible for a third shot next month, as long as they’ve already received their second dose.
As of Wednesday, about 67% of eligible Texans had been partially vaccinated, while 56% had been fully vaccinated, according to the state. Across the state, 4,224 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 – the highest number of hospitalizations at any point during the pandemic, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.