Harris County rolls out Ready Harris COVID-19 vaccine portal – Chron

It can be a confusing, frustrating challenge for many Houstonians trying to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Harris County.

But now there’s a new plan to streamline the registration process. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced that “Ready Harris,” a new “smart waitlist portal” will launch Tuesday afternoon to make sure that it’s a fair process for all who strive to book a vaccination appointment.

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“First let me tell you a little bit about our values in Harris County when it comes to distributing the vaccine,” Hidalgo said Monday in a press conference. “Let me put it bluntly. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t be like the Hunger Games. It shouldn’t be about who can hit refresh on a browser the fastest. It shouldn’t be about who has special knowledge about when a registration link will open. “

Hidalgo said that all Harris County residents who are eligible can register on the waitlist, and then be contacted once the vaccine supply and appointment times become available. The process will no longer be implemented on a first-come, first-serve basis, a Harris County Health press release stated. Hidalgo underscored that the process needed to be equitable for working families.

“In everything we do to fight COVID-19, we are pushing for not only efficiency but also fairness and equity,” Hidalgo stated at the press conference.

Right now, only Phase 1A and Phase 1B are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes seniors 65 and older, health care professionals, and those individuals of 16 years of age or older with certain medical conditions.  If you fall within these categories, your registration will be weighted for priority, and then will be randomized on the priority list.

Hidalgo stressed that those who did not have Internet access could still register for a vaccination. Harris County residents without Internet access can call the Ready Harris phone number (832-927-8787) once the portal is live on Tuesday afternoon in order to be placed on the waitlist.

The Harris County Health Department also plans to launch a COVID-19 vaccine data hub which will show availability of the vaccine and distribution, according to a press release. Harris County residents can be placed on a waitlist via the vaccine information link on ReadyHarris.org and https://vacstrac.hctx.net.

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