Vaccination


Vaccination Statistics

View dashboards that show how many individuals within Bexar County have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Get Vaccinated

Community Vaccination Events

Explore an interactive map of “pop-up” vaccine clinic events in Bexar County. Metro Health is working with community agencies to host COVID-19 “pop-up” vaccine clinics using health and equity data to coordinate events.

No registration is needed. For any questions, call 311 or 210.207.6000 (select option 8) or email COVID-19@sanantonio.gov.

Pop-up Vaccine Clinic Events Locator - English

Encuentre clínicas de vacunación móviles - español

Events: View a list of Pop-up Vaccine Clinic Events.

Vaccination Locations

VaccineFinder helps you find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Find more information about the VaccineFinder platform and data.

COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, and in many places no appointment is needed. The Pfizer vaccine can be given to people who are 12 years and older.

Find a vaccine provider near you according to your zip code. Or text your Zip Code to (GETVAX) 438829  for English or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish to receive three vaccine sites to your phone within seconds

Clicking on either of the links below will redirect you to a federal website hosted by the CDC.

Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1.800.232.0233 for those who prefer to get information via phone call.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Key Messages

  • As of Wednesday, May 12, 2021, everyone age 12 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations. All vaccines are authorized for people age 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 12 and older.
  • All COVID-19 vaccines are free, and no proof of citizenship is needed.
  • DSHS has directed vaccine providers to prioritize people 80 years old or older when scheduling appointments and accommodate anyone in that age group who presents for vaccination, whether or not they have an appointment, by immediately moving them to the front of the line. That will ensure vaccination of anyone 80 or older with as small a burden on themselves as possible.
  • COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection.
  • People are considered fully protected two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Candidates

Authorized and Recommended Vaccines

  • The vaccines are not interchangeable. For two-dose vaccines, a person must receive two doses of the same vaccine to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Fact Sheets


Johnson & Johnson
ASL: accessible videos from Deaf LinkAmerican Sign Language (ASL)

Vaccines in Phase 3 Clinical Trials

As of February 27, 2021, large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials are in progress or being planned for two COVID-19 vaccines in the United States:

  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
  • Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

Learn more about U.S. COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, including vaccines in earlier stages of development.

Vaccine Distribution

Plans & Reports:  View the COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Plan.

Health Care Providers

  • Health care providers must enroll as a COVID-19 vaccine provider to be eligible to receive the vaccine. As of Sept. 16, more than 3,000 providers in more than 200 Texas counties have enrolled.
  • Vaccine will be provided at no cost by the CDC and shipped directly to vaccine providers along with supplies needed to administer it, such as syringes, needles, etc.
  • Each vaccine recipient will receive a card with information about the vaccine they received, and doses administered will be recorded in ImmTrac2, the state immunization registry, so that providers and recipients can ensure they receive the correct second dose.

Health Care Providers: More about DSHS Provider Information for the COVID Vaccine.

Videos

COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall - English

COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall

Meeting Held: 02/25/2021

Archive

COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall - Español

Lo Que Sabemos Sobre La Vacuna Del Coronavirus

Meeting Held: 11/18/2020

COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why should I get the vaccine?

  • All available COVID-19 vaccines prevent moderate cases of COVID-19 and are extremely effective at preventing more severe cases that can lead to hospitalization and death.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you by creating an immunity response in your body without you having to become sick with COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated also might help protect people around you from COVID-19, especially those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  Pfizer/BioNTech Moderna Johnson & Johnson
Eligibility 12 years and older 18 years and older 18 years and older
Doses
  • 2 shots
  • 21 days between shots
  • 2 shots
  • 28 days between shots
  • 1 shot
Does it work? 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 starting 7 days after the 2nd dose 94.1% effective in preventing COVID-19 starting 14 days after the 2nd dose 66.3% effective in preventing COVID-19 starting 14 days after the dose

Who can get the vaccine?

Who is eligible?
Beginning March 29th, all adults are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. Most vaccines are authorized for people 18 years old and older; the FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use in people 12 and older.

*If you are pregnant, it is recommended to check with your doctor first.
You should allow 14 days (before or after) between your flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine.
Do I need to show proof of Citizenship?
No. You will not need to prove citizenship to get a vaccine and public health will never share your information with any immigration or law enforcement agencies.
If I already had COVID-19 do I still take the vaccine?
Yes, people may get vaccinated after recovering from their COVID-19 infection.
Who should NOT get the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
  • Anyone with a previous severe or immediate allergic reaction should consult with their doctor first.
  • Those younger than 12 years of age for the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Those younger than 18 years of age for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • People currently isolating or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; these people can get vaccinated once they have finished 10-day isolation and symptoms have resolved. 

Vaccine information for children

Can children receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals who are 12 years of age or older. No vaccines are approved for anyone under 12 years of age at this time.
Is parental/guardian consent needed for minors to receive the vaccine?
Yes. Parental consent (written or verbal) is required prior to vaccination for anyone under the age of 18.
Are parents/guardians required to accompany the child?
Yes. A parent/guardian are required to accompany children between the ages of 12 – 17 years old to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination.
What supporting paperwork will be needed to get my child the COVID-19 vaccine?
Children ages 12 and up are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with parental consent. A photo ID (for the parent/guardian; & for the child if available) is preferred but not required. We are not requiring other supporting documentations such as birth certificates. The parent/guardian who accompanies the minor to the appointment can self-attest to the child’s age and identity.

Where can we go to get a vaccine?

As vaccines become more available, people will be able to get them at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals and other “usual” sites.

Search for a vaccine pop-up clinic near you.

Other Vaccine Providers

Locations may be subject to change.

Additional providers within San Antonio can be located via the DSHS Vaccination page.

How much does the vaccine cost?

There is no charge for the vaccine or administration.  You do NOT need health insurance.

Vaccine Safety

Is the vaccine safe?
Yes. Severe side effects are rare. Severe allergic reactions seem to be occurring about 1 for every 100,000 injections.
How were the vaccines developed so quickly?
Every study, every phase, and every trial was reviewed by the FDA and a safety board. Scientists have been working since the start of the pandemic to make COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.

Myths about the Vaccine

Will the government be tracking me?
No. Individuals can decide to sign up with the State’s C immunization registry so individuals can have a record of receiving their COVID vaccine.
Is the vaccine made from fetuses?
No. The vaccines do not contain human fetal cells.
Does the vaccine have any blood cells in it?
No. The mRNA vaccines do not contain any blood products.
Is there enough vaccine for everyone?
Yes. There is enough vaccine available for everyone.
Do I need an appointment?
No. You do not need an appointment to receive a vaccine.

COVID-19 Post Vaccine FAQs

Side Effects

What are the possible side effects?
Side effects to the vaccine are normal. The most common side effects are:
  • On the arm where you got the shot:
    • Pain
    • Swelling
  • Throughout the rest of your body:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Tiredness
    • Headache
Helpful Tips
To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot:
  • Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area.
  • Use or exercise your arm.
To reduce discomfort from fever:
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Dress Lightly.

You can take an over-the-counter medication (like acetaminophen [Tylenol]) after your vaccine to help with side effects if you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally.

Will I get as sick receiving the vaccine as I would from the virus?
No. You cannot become infected, or infect others, from receiving the vaccine because it does not contain any live virus.
Are the side effects after the 2nd dose different?
Many people report more side effects after their second dose compared to their first one. The most common side effects include fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. Side effects typically occur 24-48 hours after the injection, but they should go away in a few days.
Do I need to quarantine if I start experiencing side effects from the vaccine?
No. The side effects do not mean that you are sick with the virus. Side effects occur because the vaccine is preparing your body for if/when it comes into contact with COVID-19.
What do I do if I become sick between injections?
Discuss your side effects with a health practitioner to evaluate whether your side effects might be from COVID-19 infection, vaccine side effects, or another cause.

Second Dose

Do I need to get my 2nd dose at the same location as my 1st dose?
It is highly encouraged for everyone to receive their second dose of the vaccine at the same location that they received their first dose.
Do I need to get my 2nd dose from the same brand as my 1st dose?
Yes.
What happens if I don’t get the second dose?
It is highly recommended to complete both doses (Moderna/Pfizer) to receive the full benefit.
When should I get my 2nd dose?
Make every effort to get your second dose on schedule. If you miss your second dose appointment, try to get it as soon as possible.
What happens if I miss my appointment for my 2nd dose?
Your second dose may be given up to 6 weeks after the first dose, if necessary.

Post Vaccine Concerns

Do I still need to wear a mask and physically distance after receiving the vaccine?
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
  • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may need to keep taking steps to protect yourself, like wearing a mask. Talk to your healthcare provider about steps you can take to manage your health and risks.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, see When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.
How long does the protection from the vaccine last?
We do not yet know how long protection lasts after vaccination
Do I need to keep a record of my vaccination?
It is highly encouraged to keep a record of your vaccination in the event you need proof of vaccination in the future. It may be needed for things such as future travel. You are encouraged to take a picture of both the front and back of your vaccination card once you receive it.
Is there a record of my vaccination being kept?
Yes. If you want a copy of your vaccination record, start by contacting the clinic, doctor, or healthcare provider that administered the vaccination. If your provider has the record on file, this will be the fastest way of obtaining your records. Or you could request it from Texas DSHS by completing a record request form and mailing it to: Texas Department of State Health Services ImmTrac Group MC-1946 P.O. Box 149347 Austin, TX 78714-9347 OR Fax the record request form to: 512.776.7790512.776.7288. You can access this information by visiting https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize
Will I need an annual shot?
This is currently unknown.
What do I do if I have been vaccinated but others around me have not?
You should continue practicing COVID prevention measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. These measures (such as wearing a mask, physically distancing, washing your hands) are the best way to avoid spreading the virus. The vaccine is NOT a cure and even when you are vaccinated, there is still a possibility that you could contract COVID-19 or spread it to others.
What do I do if others around me have been vaccinated but I have not?
You should continue practicing COVID prevention measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. These measures (such as wearing a mask, physically distancing, washing your hands) are the best way to avoid spreading the virus.
What happens if I am exposed to someone with COVID19 after I have received both doses of the vaccine?
Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be tested after an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low. "Fully vaccinated" means more than two weeks have passed since the second dose in a 2-dose series, -OR- one dose of a single-dose vaccine. People should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should isolate themselves from others, and see a healthcare provider to discuss getting tested.
What can I do now that I have been vaccinated?
Fully vaccinated people can:
  • Visit indoors in small groups with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Should still avoid medium or large-size gatherings
  • Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease without wearing masks or physical distancing

Vaccine Appointment FAQs

Is there a cost for the COVID-19 vaccine?

No.

Will I need an appointment?

No. Appointments are not required. If you wish to make an appointment, please register at Vaccination for COVID-19.

Where do I go for my appointment?

Please see the Location information on the vaccination registration page for directions and arrival instructions.

What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

You need to bring an ID and wear a face mask.

How will I schedule my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

You do not need an appointment to receive the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. If you pass the recommended interval for your second dose, you can still receive your second dose without restarting your vaccine series.

How long do I need to wait to get my second dose?

The timing between your first and second shot depends on which vaccine you received. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.

  • If you received the Moderna vaccine, you will need to wait at least 24 days after your first dose.
  • If you received the Pfizer vaccine, you will need to wait at least 21 days after your first dose.

You will need to complete the series of the 2 shots in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after receiving the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.

If you pass the recommended interval for your second dose, you can still receive your second dose without restarting your vaccine series.

 

Do you have to be a San Antonio resident to register for an appointment?

No.

What should I expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

I got my vaccine, now what?

If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities you did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

View the CDC's Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People for information on what you can do after you are fully vaccinated.

I made an appointment, but can I give my appointment to a family member who is more high-risk?

No, the registration is not transferrable. Each person needs to register individually. Registration will be confirmed at the site for each person. Multiple registrations for the same person will be cancelled.

What if I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment?

If you are looking to cancel your scheduled appointment please call 311 option 8 at least 24 hours ahead of your scheduled appointment or email your Name, DOB, Phone Number, Appointment Date, and Time asking for a cancellation to COVID-19@sanantonio.gov.

How do I get second dose of COVID-19 Vaccine at the Alamodome?

Metro Health will be scheduling second dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments on-site after patients receive their first dose at the Alamodome to streamline the scheduling process.