Whether you're looking for your first round of COVID-19 vaccinations, or planning for the possibility of a future booster vaccine, there are a great many routes to get to – and schedule – a free vaccination.
One of the most comprehensive sites to search for a vaccine is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccines.gov site.
This page has a zip code look-up to set for a 25 or 50-miles radius, and you can search by vaccine brand (Moderna for ages 18+), Pfizer-BioTech (ages 12 and up), and Johnson & Johnson (Ages 18 and up). Links to pharmacy chains, grocery store pharmacies, private doctor's offices, and clinics tie into the providers' appointment availability and scheduling websites.
Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler
The Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler (TPHVS) is a new way to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine where you register, create and account with the Department of State Health Services. You will be notified by email or text when and where to get the vaccine. If there's not a public health clinic near you, you will be directed to other places to get your vaccine.
For those who don't have internet or need help signing up, call (833) 832-7067.
Collin County's Mobile COVID-19 Vaccinations
Collin County Health Care Services runs a mobile COVID-19 vaccination teams to give communities here even more options to receive free COVID-19 vaccination.
The mobile vaccination teams will only be available through requests and appointments, and based on staff availability. The teams' efforts will focus on traveling to homebound individuals, long-term care facilities, businesses that would like to get employees vaccinated, organizations, and clubs. They will also be available for events.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with the mobile COVID-19 vaccination teams, contact us by email (email@example.com) or call 214-491-4821.
Collin County and COVID-19 Booster Shots
Collin County Health Care Services (CCHCS) wants to stress to all members of the public that the situation around receiving a COVID-19 booster is still developing. CCHCS IS NOT currently administering COVID-19 booster shots in our clinics. We are awaiting more information from both the federal and state government before we proceed with any additional COVID-19 booster. Additionally, individuals who are currently approved by the FDA to receive a COVID-19 booster are extremely limited.
Aug. 18, 2021 Update: Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots
Who is Eligible at the moment?
- Individuals 12 and older who have undergone solid organ transplantation or who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.
COVID-19 Vaccine Additional Dose: For Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People
The CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This recommendation does not apply to people who have received the J&J/Janssen vaccine.
CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.
Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?
Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
Appointments for the additional dose will only be made for individuals that fit the requirements. People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
To see additional information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 boosters, please click the following link: COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People
Collin County Health Care Services will continue to update information concerning COVID-19 boosters on this webpage as it becomes available.
Testing for COVID
And for those looking to COVID-19 testing, The Texas Department of Emergency Management maintains a locator map of free state-supported test collection sites – look for orange and green icons; or, fee-based testing locations searchable by radius from your zip code.
You do not need to have symptoms to get tested, but virtually all of the referrals here require an appointment, and many collect a co-pay or insurance information.
COVID-19 Reporting for Collin County and Texas