Covid confusion; vaccine distribution cluster

  • CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth vaccinated 12 of their staff Dec. 17
    CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth vaccinated 12 of their staff Dec. 17

UPDATE: Despite Commissioner John Hellerstedt of the Department of State Health Services announcing that COVID-19 vaccine should not be kept in reserve, providers throughout Southeast Texas are not taking appointments, but simply adding those in Phase 1B to a list to receive a future vaccine.

Multiple locations have the COVID-19 vaccine for Phase 1 (front line workers), but have yet to receive instructions for those in Phase 1B (65 years and older, and those with medical conditions.

For information regarding vaccine expedition, call Gov. Greg Abbott at (512) 463-2000. 



What’s next with the COVID‑19 vaccine in Texas?

Texas continues to receive doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, and is distributing statewide to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs and other clinics.

Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services, announced, “All providers that have received COVID-19 vaccine must immediately vaccinate healthcare workers, Texans over the age of 65, and people with medical conditions that put them at a greater risk of severe disease or death from COVID-19. No vaccine should be kept in reserve.”

Who’s getting the vaccine now?

If you are a front-line healthcare worker or resident of a long-term care facility, you are eligible now to receive the vaccine, since December 14. This group is considered Phase 1.

If you are in Phase 1B, you are also eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, depending on availability and the vaccine provider. Vaccine supply remains limited, but more vaccine will be delivered to providers each week. Phase 1B recipients include:

People 65 years of age and older

People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:


Chronic kidney disease

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies

Solid organ transplantation

Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)


Sickle cell disease

Type 2 diabetes mellitus

If you are in Phase 1A or 1B, please visit the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations Map to see if and where you might be able to get a vaccine today. Remember, your ability to get a vaccine today or this week will depend on vaccine availability at your provider’s office, clinic, or facility. Please call ahead to your provider.

What do I need to do now?

Phase 1A: If you are a healthcare worker, contact your employer. If you are a long-term care resident, contact your caretaker.

Phase 1B: Please visit THIS MAP to see providers near you who are offering the vaccine, and be sure to call ahead to see if they have vaccine supply available for you.

Locations in Jefferson County: HEB Pharmacy (3015 N Dowlen, Beaumont); HEB Pharmacy (3590 College, Beaumont); HEB Pharmacy (4800 Hwy 365, Port Arthur); and Market Basket Pharmacy (864 Magnolia, Port Neches – currently out of stock).

Locations in Orange County: Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy (1380 N Main St., Vidor)

Locations in Hardin County: Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy (202 N Main St., Lumberton); and Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy (90 W Monroe St., Kountze)

Locations in Jasper County: Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy (34692 Hwy 96 S, Buna); and Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy (1125 S Wheeler St., Jasper)

You can also visit THIS SITE to see daily vaccine data by Texas county.

UPDATE: HEB Pharmacy on Dowlen Road stated they only have orders to allocate for those in Phase 1A.

UPDATE: Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy in Vidor are taking signups, but are not distributing the vaccine at this time.


Click here for the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Map

Click her to see daily vaccine data by Texas county.