Special notice: Memorial Hermann has been selected by the State of Texas to serve as a vaccine hub. We are working to finalize plans about the vaccine hub, which will include additional opportunities for those within the state’s Phases 1A and 1B to schedule a vaccine appointment with a focus on making the vaccine available to the hardest hit zip codes and demographics. We will be limited by vaccine supply. For additional information, please check back here or email questions to covidvaccine@memorialhermann.org.

Memorial Hermann COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-Thru Clinic at NRG Park: Jan. 28

All appointments for Memorial Hermann’s COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-Thru Clinic at NRG Park have been filled. We remain committed to making vaccination available to all who are currently eligible, and eventually to all patients and members of the community as soon as possible. Please check back here for up-to-date information on our vaccination distribution process and check back often. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Memorial Hermann is proud to host its second COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-Thru Clinic at NRG Park. The Clinic is available only to pre-registered individuals and will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. Vaccination is by appointment only. Walk-ups will not be accommodated.

As a state-designated hub dedicated to vaccinating our community’s most vulnerable populations, Memorial Hermann will administer approximately 4,000 COVID-19 vaccines at this Clinic.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has designated Memorial Hermann as one of 77 vaccine hubs in Texas. The state chooses hubs based on their capability to vaccinate large numbers of people in an effort to speed up and simplify distributing vaccines to areas and populations hardest hit by COVID-19. With this designation, Memorial Hermann will begin to receive a regular distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and work alongside other hubs in the Greater Houston area to vaccinate individuals in accordance with the state’s phased vaccine distribution plan that prioritizes vaccinating the most vulnerable populations first.

Public registration for the Memorial Hermann COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-Thru Clinic at NRG Park is open to members of the general community who are 65 years of age or older, consistent with the State’s Phase 1B criteria. Memorial Hermann is also offering frontline healthcare workers the opportunity to register for an appointment consistent with the State’s Phase 1A criteria. These groups were notified directly by Memorial Hermann.

On Jan. 27, 2021, Memorial Hermann opened public registration for its COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-Thru Clinic at NRG Park to members of the general community who are 65 years of age and older, consistent with the State’s Phase 1B criteria. At this time, all appointments for the Clinic are full.

We are hoping to vaccinate approximately 4,000 individuals, in total, during this one-day event. Those vaccinated will be a combination of members of the general public 65 years of age and older, as well as frontline healthcare workers in the community.

The number of appointments are limited due to the limited supply of vaccines. Memorial Hermann is actively working to expand our capacity and open additional appointments as we receive additional allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine. It is important to note that this process will take some time. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding during this time, and pledge to keep things moving just as quickly and efficiently as we possibly can.

Each scheduling link is designed to be personalized for the individual who received the invitation and cannot be forwarded or transferred. We hope to host more events like this in the near future as we continue to make vaccination available to all those who are eligible, and eventually all patients and members of the community just as soon as possible. We will continue to post updates on our website, so check back often. It is important to note that this process will take some time. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding during this time, and pledge to keep things moving just as quickly and efficiently as we possibly can.

All those scheduled to receive a vaccine should expect the following:

  • Before leaving your home, make sure you have with you a copy of your appointment confirmation (either a printed copy or digital copy will be accepted) and a photo ID that matches the name and date of birth on your appointment confirmation. Before entering the vaccination site, you will be asked to present both of these items.
  • To ensure we have accurate information for your vaccine record, any of the following forms of identification will be acceptable as photo ID:
    • Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent). We will accept current or expired identifications.
    • U.S. or foreign government-issued passport or identifications
    • A credit card with a photo
    • Employment or Student Identification card with photo
  • Arrive at your scheduled time and line up in one of the designated lanes. Please allow for up to 60 minutes or longer to receive your vaccination. Note that you may not be vaccinated at the exact time for which you are scheduled.
  • You will remain in your vehicle and must wear a mask during vaccination. If you do not have mask, one will be provided to you at check-in.
  • After receiving your vaccination, you will be asked to make your way to a designated observation area to wait 15 minutes so we can monitor you for any possible adverse reactions, as per CDC recommendations.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine you will receive requires two doses to ensure full protection. You now have appointments scheduled to receive both your first and second doses. Details of your second appointment are included in your appointment confirmation email. Please mark these dates and times on your calendar to ensure you do not miss your appointments.
  • You should eat and take prescribed medication as you normally would before and after your vaccination.

After vaccination, you will be asked to wait 15 minutes in a designated observation area, where you will be monitored for potential adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine, as per CDC recommendations. Trained medical personnel – including registered nurses and physicians – will be onsite and medical supplies, such as EpiPens, will be available to treat any medical emergencies.

We hope to host more events like this in the near future as we continue to make vaccination available to all those who are eligible, and eventually all patients and members of the community just as soon as possible. As soon as we have details on a future event, we will post it on our website. Please check back often.

We are committed to making vaccination available to all who are currently eligible, and eventually to all patients and members of the community. It is important to note that this process will take some time. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding during this time, and pledge to keep things moving just as quickly and efficiently as we possibly can.

About Vaccines

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have current efficacy rates of 95 and 94 percent, respectively. This means that compared to the placebo group, the vaccine group was protected against the COVID-19 virus 94 to 95 percent of the time. These rates are unusually high for a vaccine.

It is a common misconception that vaccines prevent someone from contracting the virus. Vaccines train the body’s immune system to recognize and fight viruses and bacteria. When the body is exposed to a virus after being vaccinated against it, the body is immediately ready to fight the illness. Because the body is able to respond more quickly, you are less likely to experience symptoms of the illness, especially severe and life-threatening ones.

At this time, there is not enough data about the vaccines to know how long they will provide protection from COVID-19.

Yes. We all need to continue the 3 W’s – wearing a mask, watching your distance and washing your hands regularly – until we know how long the vaccine protects against the virus and we gain community control of COVID-19.

No. The vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna were created with mRNA technology, which uses a gene from the COVID-19 virus, while other vaccines in development use an inactive form of the virus. None of the vaccines currently being tested use a live version of the virus, so a person who receives any of these vaccines cannot contract COVID-19 from the vaccination.

All patients will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Jan. 28 Clinic. Individuals will not have the option to select a different brand of vaccine.

Side effects may vary depending on which vaccine you receive, but some recipients of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have reported fatigue, headache, muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes and pain at the injection site, which is generally the upper arm. Before you receive your vaccine, specific information about your vaccine’s anticipated side effects will be provided to you.

This will depend on the vaccine. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses to ensure full protection – an initial vaccination and a booster shot of the same brand of vaccine three or four weeks later, depending on the vaccine (Pfizer is 21 days later, while Moderna is 28 days later). Other COVID-19 vaccines are still in clinical trials; some of these may require only one dose.