According to the Texas Department of State Health Services’ website:
Texas continues to receive doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, and is distributing statewide to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs and other clinics.
Who’s getting the vaccine now?
If you are a front-line healthcare worker or resident of a long-term care facility, you are eligible now to receive the vaccine, since December 14. This group is considered Phase 1A.
If you are in Phase 1B, you are also eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, depending on availability and the vaccine provider. Vaccine supply remains limited, but more vaccines will be delivered to providers each week.
Phase 1B recipients include:
People 65 years of age and older
People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
Chronic kidney disease
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
Solid organ transplantation
Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Who’s getting the vaccine next and when?
The Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) is considering what criteria could be used for later stages of vaccine distribution. This webpage will be updated when those decisions are completed.
Spring 2021 is the best estimate of when the vaccine will be available for the general public, but that may change. It depends on vaccine production and how quickly other vaccines become available.
You cannot get COVID‑19 from the vaccine.
COVID‑19 vaccines do not use the live virus and cannot give you COVID‑19. The vaccine does not alter your DNA. COVID‑19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an immune response without having to experience sickness.
Having symptoms like fever after you get a vaccine is normal and a sign your immune system is building protection against the virus. The side effects from COVID‑19 vaccination may feel like flu, but they should go away in a few days.
The vaccines are highly effective. You’ll likely need two doses for full protection.
All but one of the COVID‑19 vaccines currently in development need two shots to be effective. You will need two doses from the same manufacturer, spaced
21 or 28 days apart. You will get full protection from the vaccine usually 1–2 weeks after getting your second dose.
After you get the vaccine, you will still need to keep wearing a mask, social distance, and wash hands often. That’s because stopping a pandemic requires all the tools we have. All these efforts combined will offer the best protection from COVID‑19 and help us get
“back to normal” sooner.
At Wellspire Medical Group, we are dedicated to the continual support and health of our patients and the communities we serve. We are not currently offering the vaccine to our patients, but as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more available we will keep our patients updated to let them know when we will be providing it at our facilities. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, our team is offering telehealth services for new and existing patients.
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing in Northeast Houston
Our healthcare providers are offering same-day results for COVID-19 testing in Northeast Houston, TX, for new and established patients without having to schedule an appointment or come into our office. All rapid COVID-19 tests will be conducted Monday-Friday between 6 pm and 8 pm. We provide these tests to individuals from the comfort and safety of their vehicles. We protect your safety by putting sanitation measures in place to prevent cross-contamination between patients. Drive-thru testing centers were developed as a way to minimize potential exposure to the highly contagious COVID-19 virus. Instead of sharing a waiting room with others who are potentially infected, patients will be able to remain safely in their own vehicles throughout the entire process.
Wellspire Medical Group
Whether you have a medical concern you want to address with a physician or are seeking long term management and care for a condition you already have been diagnosed with, Wellspire is here for you. We believe every patient deserves a treatment plan that works for their specific needs and lifestyle. At the first sign of an issue, come into one of our two medical facilities. If you do not have an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate you at one of our locations. Wellspire Medical Group proudly serves Atascocita, Humble and surrounding areas. We have been part of Northeast Houston as the Mehta Medical Group for 30 years. Our name change reflects our broader scope of services. In other words, we are working hard to “Inspire Better Health!”
Wellspire Medical Group
8901 FM 1960 Bypass Rd. W