Houston Health Department offering $25 gift cards with vaccinations

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In its latest push to boost vaccination rates, the Houston Health department is offering $25 gift cards to vaccine recipients at eight distribution sites across the city. (Courtesy Pexel)

In its latest push to boost vaccination rates, the Houston Health department is offering $25 gift cards to vaccine recipients at eight distribution sites across the city. (Courtesy Pexel)

In its latest push to boost vaccination rates, the Houston Health department is offering $25 gift cards to vaccine recipients at eight distribution sites across the city, according to an Aug. 1 news release.

While supplies last, the department will offer 1,900 gift cards from retailers including Walmart, Target, Old Navy, Ross, Amazon, Shell and Walgreens. The department will also offer $25 METRO fare cards from The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. Funding for the program comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The delta variant is different because it is much more contagious, and, while rare, vaccinated people may get infected and spread it to others,” said Dr. David Persse, chief medical officer for the City of Houston in the news release. “While this can seem discouraging, it’s important to remember that vaccines prevent almost everyone who gets a breakthrough infection from serious illness and death. Vaccines are the best tool to protect you and those around you.”

From Feb. 8 through July 14, 99.5% of Texans who died from COVID-19 were unvaccinated. Texas hospitals report more than 90% of patients currently hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated, according to data collected by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

To qualify for a gift card, those seeking a vaccine must receive a dose at one of the Houston Health Department’s pop-up clinics at a number of health centers and multiservice centers in the city.


The recipient will receive a gift card after receiving one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine as long as it is completed within 42 days of receiving the first, according to the health department.

Those age 18 and older are eligible to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and those age 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Parental consent forms are required for those under age 18 and are available at the vaccine clinics, the release states.

Vaccinations are free and do not require ID, proof of residency, citizenship or insurance. Those seeking a vaccine can arrive at a clinic location with or without an appointment.

“We are at a pivotal point in the fight against this deadly virus. Positive cases and hospitalizations are increasing, primarily among the unvaccinated, despite vaccines being free and readily available,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in the release. “It is our hope the new incentive offered by the Houston Health Department will encourage people to take their best shot and help save lives in the process.”

As of Aug. 1, 64.6% of the Harris County population over the age of 12 had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 54.7% were fully vaccinated, according to Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Below are the locations where the Health Department is offering gift cards. For more information about vaccine locations visit www.houstonemergency.org or call 832-393-4220.

Acres Home Multi-Service Center

6719 W. Montgomery Road

Mon., Wed., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center

3810 W. Fuqua St.

Tue. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

La Nueva Casa de Amigos Health Center

1809 N. Main St.

Mon., Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tue., Wed., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Magnolia Multi-Service Center

7037 Capitol St.

Thu. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Northside Health Center

8504 Schuller Road

Mon., Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tue., Wed., Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Sharpstown Health Services

6201 Bonhomme Road

Mon., Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tue., Wed., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Southwest Multi-Service Center

6400 High Star Drive

Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunnyside Health Center

4605 Wilmington Street

Mon., Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tue., Wed., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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