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New Health Department incentive provides up to $150 in gift cards for vaccinated individuals

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON, TX — In an effort to increase the rate of vaccination in the City as well as to save lives, the Houston Health Department will be providing up to $150 in gift cards for those who are getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The new incentive program was approved by the Houston City Council, led by Mayor Sylvester Turner, in a 15 to 2 vote at a meeting this Wednesday.

Starting from August 26, 2021, people who are getting the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at an eligible site of the health department, will receive a $100 gift card. For second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, a $50 gift card will be awarded. In order to qualify for the second dose, individuals must have received their second dose on or after August 2 at an eligible health department site and complete both shots within 42 days.

Additional doses and booster shots are not qualified for the incentive program. The gift cards are Mastercard and redeemable anywhere Mastercard is accepted. On the other hand, most of the second dose participants will receive a Mastercard gift card while some other may receive gift cards from Target, Walmart, Amazon, Ross, Old Navy, Walgreens, Shell, or METRO.

The new incentive program is funded by the $3.125 million the city received from the American Rescue Plan Act, and it will provide $150 worth of gift cards to the initial 20,000 people who receive full vaccination.

Further, 1,900 retail gift cards for second doses are provided by the health department’s original $25 original incentive program, funded by the $50,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Listed below are the sites where citizens can get their shots of vaccines:

Acres Home Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center, 3810 W. Fuqua St.

Tuesdays: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

La Nueva Casa de Amigos Health Center, 1809 North Main St.

Mondays/Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Magnolia Multi-Service Center, 7037 Capitol St.

Thursdays: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Northside Health Center, 8504 Schuller Rd.

Mondays/Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sharpstown Health Services, 6201 Bonhomme Rd.

Mondays/Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Dr.

Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunnyside Health Center, 4605 Wilmington St.

Mondays/Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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