Houston Health Department extends COVID-19 vaccination incentive program

The Houston Health Department is extending its COVID-19 vaccination incentive program by adding two more $1,000 prize opportunities and an additional week.

The program, launched on January 29, will now provide a total of fourteen $1,000 weekly prizes to people who get their first dose or booster shot at eligible health department vaccination sites through March 17, 2022.

Two winners are randomly selected on Fridays and offered the choice between $1,000 in gift cards or cash. The program is a partnership with Houston in Action and Human Age Digital, which received $50,000 in grant funds to support efforts to increase vaccination rates in Houston.

Eligible sites are available at GetVaxxedHouston.org or by calling 832-393-4220.

People may enter the drawing pool only once and names remain included unless selected. Participants must sign a declaration affirming eligibility for the program, and verification will occur using the Texas immunization database.

People ages 5 and up are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, while people ages 18 and up are eligible for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Booster shots are available to people ages 12 and up.

All ages eligible for vaccination can participate in the incentive program but vaccination of minors requires parental consent.

Getting vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 at health department-affiliated sites is free and does not require proof of residency, citizenship, or insurance.