Updated Jan. 25 11:58 a.m.

A second COVID-19 vaccination hub was designated in Montgomery County on Jan. 23, along with allocations of nearly 4,000 doses for the county's two hub sites, to begin the seventh week of statewide vaccine distribution.

The new vaccination site at CHI St. Luke's Health The Woodlands Hospital received a 1,950-dose allocation of the Pfizer vaccine and will begin administering vaccines this week on an invitation-only basis, according to the hospital's website. The hub site is expected to open Jan. 27 and remain in operation as long as the hospital continues to receive vaccine allocations from the state, according to Vanessa Astros, St. Luke's director of external communications. While initial vaccinations are open only to eligible individuals already on the hospital's vaccination waiting list, anyone interested in vaccination at the site can also join that list through the hospital's website for future vaccine availability.

"At St. Luke’s Health, it is our priority to administer COVID-19 vaccines as quickly and safely as possible. As a large designated vaccination site, St. Luke’s Health-The Woodlands Hospital will focus on vaccinating high-risk individuals and members of our community who meet the state criteria, but vaccine supply remains limited," Astros said in an email. "We urge the community to be patient and continue to follow CDC guidelines for the pandemic."

The county's first hub site, the Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe, received its second 2,000-dose allocation of the Moderna vaccine this week and is expected to release new vaccination appointment times on its website Jan. 25.

In addition to both larger hub locations, the Montgomery County Public Health District also received a 400-dose allocation of the Moderna vaccine this week as an additional county provider and announced a pre-registration process for eligible county residents seeking vaccination appointments will launch at 2 p.m. Jan. 25.

According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Montgomery County health care providers including both larger hub sites have been allocated more than 45,000 first and second COVID-19 doses since December. As of Jan. 25, just over 20,000 of those—44% of countywide allocations so far—have been administered including 17,410 first doses and 2,603 second doses.