COVID-19 Response

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

WEAR A FACE COVERING AT WORK

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

  • Continue to keep 6 feet at minimum between yourself and others.

  • A face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing.

Who can get the vaccine now?

Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities (called Phase 1A) plus people over 65 or with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID‑19 (called Phase 1B) are currently eligible to receive the COVID‑19 vaccine.

Phase 1B recipients include:

    • People 65 years of age and older

    • People 16 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)

        • Down Syndrome

        • 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

If I’m eligible for a vaccine now, how do I get one?

If you are in Phase 1A or 1B, you have two options to get the vaccine: you can get vaccinated at a large vaccine hub or a local vaccine provider. Beginning in January, Texas established large vaccination sites or hubs around the state. The goal of these hubs is to provide more people the vaccine and a simpler way to sign up for an appointment.


Please check the Covid-19 Vaccination Hub Providers page to find a hub near you and learn how to register.

Remember, vaccine supply is still limited in Texas, even though more arrives each week.


Please note:

  • Do not show up at a vaccine hub without first signing up or checking the provider’s instructions for scheduling.

  • Hub providers may already have long waiting lists or are no longer accepting appointments for the week.

  • Each hub’s registration process is different, so look carefully at the hub’s registration site for details.

  • Depending on the provider, you may be placed on a waiting list and/or might be contacted (phone, email, or text) when vaccines become available.

A second option is to check with a vaccine provider near you.


Option 2: Use the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Map to find a provider near you with the vaccine available.

Check the provider’s website or call to find out how to sign up. Local providers like pharmacies may have vaccine available.


After Phase 1, who gets the vaccine next and when?

Spring 2021 is the best estimate of when the vaccine will be available for the general public, but that may change. Availability is dependent upon vaccine production and how quickly other vaccines become available. The Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) is considering what criteria could be used for later stages of vaccine distribution.