BEAUMONT, Texas — As more doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Southeast Texas, local leaders are trying to make it easier to sign up to be notified when there are vaccines are available.
In addition to vaccines provided by the Southeast Texas Regional Operations Center, there are also options to be vaccinated by private companies.
- Healthcare Personnel
- Long-term care staff & residents
- People 65 and older
- People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition (Here is how the state defines chronic medical condition)
Southeast Texas Regional Operations Center
The SETROC will receive 11,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in Beaumont, Port Arthur, Jasper/Newton, Hardin, Orange and Riceland.
Registration is available at vaccine.beaumonttexas.gov. At this time, you can register to receive the vaccine, but scheduling will be done at a later time.
Residents can also call 409-550-2536.
Call center assistance will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
List: Pharmacies in Texas getting the COVID vaccine
Those shipments are set to be received starting next week, with CVS being one of the first to confirm some locations, including those in Houston, will be accepting appointments as early as Feb. 9 for Feb. 11 vaccinations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are four major chains in Texas getting doses:
- Good Neighbor Pharmacy - which represents independent typically family owned stores
- Brookshire Brothers
Notice that Walgreens and Kroger are not on this initial list.
How and when to sign up for an appointment
Each pharmacy has a webpage dedicated to its vaccine distribution, and they are all currently following the state's Phase 1A and 1B guidelines, which focuses on the older populations and the vulnerable.
CVS has announced it will start taking appointments as early as Feb. 9, as long as you meet those 1A and 1B requirements.
You can visit the COVID pages for each of these pharmacies using these links below. Keep checking back for when they announce registrations have started:
How many doses will each pharmacy get?
Unfortunately, for now, supplies will be limited and not each pharmacy in our area will offer vaccinations. Doing simple math, based on the White House's numbers from earlier this week, each of the 6,500 pharmacies getting shipments nationwide will only get about 150 doses each. But it's a start to a bigger process of offering in-store vaccinations to the general public once we move beyond Phase 1A and Phase 1B.