Anyone interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine in Galveston County can now register on a waitlist, which was set up to simplify the registration process at University of Texas Medical Branch and Galveston County Health District sites.
GCHD announced the waitlist opening the evening of Jan. 27. The registration process involves setting up an online account and answering a series of questions regarding health status, per a city of League City news release. The information given is used to prioritize the most vulnerable populations as distribution is rolled out.
Signing up on the waitlist is not the same as scheduling an appointment. It means registrants will be contacted once they qualify for a vaccine based on age and health status. In accordance with Texas Department of State Health Services guidance, those under the 1A and 1B phases—health care workers, those 65 and older or those 16 and older with certain medical conditions—are the only people currently eligible for the vaccine. Individuals in 1A and 1B can receive a vaccine at any hub regardless of where they live, per DSHS.
Each person signing up will require a separate email address. Those without a working email address or internet access can receive assistance from a phone bank. Those registering via phone bank will be asked to provide the cell phone number and email of a relative or close friend to ensure they receive scheduling notifications. The phone bank can be reached Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 877-389-2318.
Galveston County Health District and UTMB Hospital are the county’s two registered vaccine hub providers. So far, vaccination sites have been established in the Bay Area at Walter Hall Park and Clear Creek ISD’s Challenger Columbia Stadium.
The hub in Walter Hall Park opened Jan. 23, ABC 13 reported, and CCISD’s temporary hub will be one of eight rotating sites established by neighboring Harris County Public Health.