Memorial Hermann, Houston Methodist now offer walk-in COVID-19 vaccine

SESHADRI KUMAR
As of May 3, 2021, at least 49.88 percent of all Texas adult population has been fully vaccinated.

Memorial Hermann is pleased to offer free COVID-19 vaccination to community members across Greater Houston. To provide additional, convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccine, first- and second-dose walk-ins are now being accepted at select Memorial Hermann hospitals and clinics for individuals 16 years of age and older.

Please note: A parent or legal representative must accompany 16- and 17-year-olds to their vaccination appointments. Should individuals need assistance receiving vaccination, one caregiver may accompany them to their appointment. Also please note, Memorial Hermann locations administering the Moderna vaccine will only vaccinate individuals 18 years of age and older.

The following Memorial Hermann locations are currently hosting vaccine clinics:

•Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

•Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital

•Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital

•Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital

•Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center

•Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

•Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital

•Memorial Hermann Medical Group Spring Primary Care (located in the CCC)

•Memorial Hermann Medical Group Physicians at Sugar Creek

•Memorial Hermann Neighborhood Health Center - Greater Heights

•Memorial Hermann Neighborhood Health Center - Northeast

•Memorial Hermann Neighborhood Health Center - Southwest

For up-to-date information, visit: https://memorialhermann.org or call (833) 772-2864.

Houston Methodist

As demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is dwindling across the country and in our own community, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is now offering walk-in vaccinations for anyone age 16 and above. This is another way to make these vaccines more accessible to the public, help contain the virus and move our society closer to creating herd immunity.

Where: Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Brazos Pavilion Conference Center, 16655 Southwest Fwy.

Sugar Land, TX 77479

When: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Houston Methodist will continue to schedule appointments for those who want this option, but the walk-in option will provide more convenience for people who haven’t received a vaccine yet.

Last week, TexasDSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, wrote to COVID-19 vaccine providers across the state:

As the COVID-19 vaccine supply increases and most Texans eager to be vaccinated have at least received their first shot, we have heard from many of you that weekly demand for vaccine appointments has decreased.

While there are still many Texans willing to be vaccinated, that demand is shifting from large, mass vaccination sites to smaller, more convenient sites where Texans routinely receive medical care.

There are currently about 280,000 more doses available to Texas providers for next week than providers have requested.

DSHS is ordering the state’s full allotment, so those additional doses will be available from the DSHS pharmacy.

If you are a provider who has yet to receive vaccine, I urge you to place an order in the Vaccine Allocation and Ordering System by 5 p.m. Tuesday so we can get vaccine to you next week.

Additionally, if you have any new strategies for reaching additional people, please also let us know by Tuesday - including whether we can support you with vaccines, technical support, or even personnel.

In the following weeks, vaccine will continue to be available through weekly ordering, shipped directly to providers. DSHS will only place orders matching the amounts requested by providers, rather than drawing down all doses in the state allotment.

Our state has administered more than 18 million doses as of the afternoon of the 29th – no small feat. Every one of you have played a part in this progress, and I applaud your efforts.

I encourage you to consider what you can do to make one more big push to quickly vaccinate those who are willing. This is our path out of the pandemic and back to normal lives. As always, DSHS and the Texas Division of Emergency Management stand ready to assist in your vaccination efforts, so please let us know if there is any way we can help.

The Texas DSHS is allocating 446,460 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to providers that requested it for next week.

That represents 753 sites in 101 counties and leaves more than 500,000 additional doses available to providers.

Those doses will be shipped to the DSHS pharmacy in Austin and used to fill vaccine requests starting next week.

• CVS Health is now accepting walk-in COVID-19 appointments at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country, including 800 locations in Texas, with no appointment necessary. Same-day scheduling, including appointments as soon as one hour from time of scheduling, is also available at CVS.com. The company’s COVID-19 vaccine scheduler is updated throughout the day to account for same-day cancellations.

• As of May 5, CVS Health is now vaccinating in more than 8,300 stores across 49 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., and has surpassed 17 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered through its participation in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program and Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Second dose compliance is more than 90 percent at CVS Health locations.

• “We continue to orchestrate an all-out effort to vaccinate the nation against COVID-19,” said CVS Health President and CEO Karen S. Lynch. “Thanks to the dedication and effort of our colleagues, I am proud to say we helped achieve the President’s accelerated 100-day goal of 200 million vaccines and have administered over 17 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to date. Our customers continue to give us high satisfaction scores based on their interactions with colleagues and our customer-centric digital approach for scheduling appointments.”