Parents Have Almost 3 Weeks Before Halloween to Get their Children 12 and up Vaccinated
There were no approved COVID-19 vaccines last year at Halloween, which made it even scarier! Trick or treating can be much safer this year for children 12 years and older because they can be vaccinated. Children are not immune to COVID-19. Those who do become infected can get extremely ill and in rare cases, die. Harris Country Public Health strongly encourages parents to get their children ages 12 to 17 vaccinated with both doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Children and adults who are vaccinated are still encouraged to use hand sanitizer and wear masks when trick or treating in case they get close to other groups of people.
Vaccines are free at HCPH vaccine sites are often at capacity. While appointments are not required, they are recommended, go to vacstrac.hctx.net or call 832-927-8787. To find a location near you click here. Parents must accompany their children, ages 12-17, to be vaccinated or children must bring a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Consent forms are at vacstrac.hctx.net
If children under 12 years old will be trick or treating, they should wear masks and stay 6 feet from people who don’t live in their household. Parents are encouraged to get them tested before trick or treating to make sure they are not infected with COVID-19. Four in 10 people infected with the virus don’t have symptoms but are still contagious.
Testing is free at HCPH sites. Appointments are not required, but are recommended because the number of people getting tested has been increasing, click here to find a site near you or call 832-927-7575.