|HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department on Thursday evening reached its capacity of 20,000 participants for its COVID-19 vaccine incentive program.
As of October 3, 76.8 percent of eligible Houstonians have their first dose and 65.3 percent are fully vaccinated. Seventy-one percent of eligible Houstonians had their first dose and 58.1 percent were fully vaccinated the week the program launched.
The incentive program, launched by Mayor Sylvester Turner on August 26, 2021, provided $100 gift cards for first doses and $50 more for second doses at eligible sites.
“This program was a success and a worthwhile investment that benefits everyone by helping to increase the city’s vaccination rate, ultimately saving lives,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Even with the gift card incentive program at capacity, it is still vital that more of us to get vaccinated to protect ourselves and our loved ones from serious illness and death.”
The 20,000 people who received their first dose gift card will receive an additional $50 card with their second dose administered at an eligible health department site if their series is completed within 42 days.
Getting vaccinated is free and does not require proof of residency, citizenship, or insurance.
Houston Health Department-affiliated COVID-19 vaccination sites are available with or without appointments. Locations are available at HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 or by calling 832-393-4220.