Get the facts, get the vaccine
What do I need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine?
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available are very effective at preventing the disease, especially severe cases requiring hospitalization.
- You are encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible (all Texans ages 12+ are eligible; 18+ for certain vaccines).
We all play a part in this effort, and you are key. Vaccines supplies are increasing, and tens of thousands of Houstonians are getting vaccinated each and every week.
There several places where you can register to get the vaccine.
Click here to get a list of vaccine providers.
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets
Additional Resources to learn more about the vaccines that are available to you
How Is COVID-19 spread?
It is primarily spread from person-to-person through:
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
It is an upper respiratory illness that causes the following symptoms. It can take as little as two days, or as long as 14 days for symptoms to appear.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
The list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
A significant portion of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic.
What is the difference between the flu and COVID-19?
Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm diagnosis. For more information on similarities and differences, visit the CDC's website.
What should you do if you are exposed to COVID-19?
Be informed and know your next steps.
The Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force has created a decision tree to help people understand what to do after they have been exposed to COVID-19.Learn what to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19
With businesses reopening, you might be looking for ways to resume daily activities. Here are some things to consider:
Delta Variant FAQs
The Texas DSHS has created frequently asked questions about the variants of COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Click here.
For Questions, Contact Your Local Health Department
For Houston residents:
832-393-4220 - Houston Health Dept COVID-19 Call Center (Weekdays, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
For residents outside the city limits:
832-927-7575 - Harris County Public Health COVID-19 Call Center (Daily, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
How Can You Help? Give Blood Today
In order to maintain an adequate blood supply, healthy and well people should donate regularly. If you want to be a blood donor, contact the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to set up an appointment at a facility near you.