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**COVID-19**

A guide for updates, information, and scholarly content about the coronavirus outbreak.

Vaccine Updates

Houston Health Department COVID-19 vaccination sites are now open with or without appointments. Find a nearby site at HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 or by calling 832-393-4220 or 832-393-4301. Getting vaccinated is safe, free, and key to helping our lives get back to normal. Take your best shot to end the pandemic by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

The US is set to approve the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12-15 early next week, May 10-14.

Key Things to Know (from the CDC)

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free.
  • You may have side effects after vaccination, but these are normal.
  • It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are more widely accessible. Everyone 16 years and older is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. Find a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

Up-to-Date Situation Summaries

In the interest of offering a quick guide to the most updated sources available, we've put together the following list of situation summaries and data dashboards. We've noted with all resources if resources will be update frequently to ensure the most up-to-date information available. 

Local updates

Latest from the CDC

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