COVID-19

COVID-19 Novavax Vaccine Now Available for adolescents aged 12 – 17

Teens can register today to receive the COVID-19 Novavax vaccine! Following approvals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is now offering the COVID-19 Novavax vaccine to adolescents aged 12 – 17. Novavax is a two-dose primary series given 3 weeks apart. Novavax uses a different technique than the other COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. Instead of using […]

Lung Association Seeks Grant Applications from Innovative Researchers in Texas

Organization opens application process for 2023-2024 awards and grants funding Today the American Lung Association in Texas announced the start of its 2023-2024 research awards and grants cycle. The organization is now accepting research grant applications from researchers here in Texas and across the nation with the potential to improve prevention, detection and treatment options for all lung diseases including lung cancer. “Here in Houston and across the state, we have wonderful research institutions and leading-edge […]

COVID-19 Novavax Vaccine Now Available at HCPH Sites

Residents can register today to receive the COVID-19 Novavax vaccine! Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is pleased to announce that there is a new option for people to get their COVID-19 vaccine. On July 13, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine for emergency use.  Following approvals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), HCPH is now offering the […]

HCPH Now Administering Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 6 to 17 years old 

Residents ages 6 months and older can receive all doses of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at any HCPH vaccination site Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is now administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 6 to 17 years old. This follows the recent emergency use authorization given to both Pfizer and Moderna for children vaccinations ages 6 months to 5 years old by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). HCPH encourages parents […]

HCPH Now Administering COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Under 5 Years Old

Houston – Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is now administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children 6 months to 4 years old. This follows the recent emergency use authorization given to both Pfizer and Moderna by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).  HCPH encourages parents or guardians to first seek a COVID-19 vaccine for their […]

Sen. Cruz, Colleagues Demand Answers From FDA Panel Regarding COVID Vaccines for Babies and Toddlers

Senator Ted Cruz

U.S Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) joined by U.S. Reps. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) led a letter with 18 Members of Congress calling for answers from the Administrator of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) panel regarding Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval for the use of COVID-19 vaccines in children under the age of five. The VRBPAC panel will meet on […]

Cruz Statement on Restaurant COVID-19 Relief Vote

Senator Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made the following comments about his vote on the Small Business Covid Relief Act of 2022:     Small businesses and restaurants in Texas have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Biden administration’s policies that have driven inflation to record levels. The Democrats’ draconian shutdowns destroyed these businesses and put millions of Americans out of work. I support responsibly providing relief, and we should pay for […]

How Did 38 Million Flu Cases Drop to Only 2,000 in Just One Year?

Pandemic Precautions Likely Prevented COVID 19 and the Flu The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded less than 2,000 flu cases nationwide from September 2020 to April 2021, an all-time low. There were more than 38 million cases during the previous flu season, which the CDC considered a moderate season. It appears the extreme measures and routine precautions required to slow the spread of COVID-19, also dramatically reduced the number of flu cases. Since both […]

Texas Military Department Announces the Death of Soldier

A Texas National Guardsman passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, due to symptoms related to COVID-19. Sgt. Reggis Madzudzo, 52, of Boerne, was a medic with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment (First Texas Infantry), 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, headquartered in San Antonio. Madzudzo was assigned to the Task Force South COVID-19 mission at the time of […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Accepting Applications from Libraries for $1.8 Million in ARPA Grants

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will begin accepting applications on Sept. 3 for three new grant programs made possible by emergency pandemic funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Available funds total at least $1.8 million and are provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under ARPA. Texas libraries are encouraged to apply through TSLAC’s online grants management program by Oct. 1. TSLAC will host an informational webinar […]