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Houston COVID vaccine update: Thousands sign up for waitlist

Officials at Harris County Public Health blame a surge in visitors with inflicting the web site to go down for two hours.

HOUSTON — More than 49,000 individuals signed up for Harris County’s new COVID-19 vaccine waitlist throughout its first few hours of operation.

According to the Harris County Judge’s Office, 49,287 individuals had signed up as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The portal launched round midday.

Officials at Harris County Public Health blame a surge in visitors with inflicting the web site to go down for two hours.

Unlike vaccine sign-ups in different counties and cities within the Houston space, Harris County’s course of just isn’t first-come, first-serve.

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“Getting a COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t be like the Hunger Games,” stated Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, throughout a Monday press convention on the portal launch. “It shouldn’t be about who can hit refresh on a browser the fastest.”

Hidalgo stated the choice course of shall be randomized and use prioritization primarily based on state pointers.

All residents can sign up for the waitlist, even when they’re not but eligible for the vaccine. Currently, Texas is providing the vaccine to individuals in Phases 1A and 1B.

“The benefit of that is that in a couple of months, once the state makes vaccines available to another segment of the population, we’ll have those folks already on the waitlist, and we’ll be able to reach out to them according to whatever the state designates,” stated Hidalgo.

People can register at readyharris.org or name 832-927-8787.

On Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Hidalgo reminded residents through social media that they will nonetheless name Wednesday or go to the signup web site later within the week.

Harris County is at present receiving about 9,000 vaccines per week from the state.

Hidalgo says they’re constructing extra capability for after they get extra provide. County officers hope to ultimately function six vaccination websites and a cell location.

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