Cardinal Dinardo receives COVID-19 vaccine

January 12, 2021

On Jan. 12, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as a member of the 1B group at St. Joseph Medical Center in downtown Houston. 

According to St. Joseph's Medical Center, COVID-19 vaccines are available in Houston for individuals who meet the state’s criteria for 1A or 1B groups which included front-line health care workers, people 65 and older and people 16 and older with health conditions that increase risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

At the 2020 White Mass, in his homily, Cardinal DiNardo said: “In this difficult, terrible time of COVID-19,” the efforts of healthcare workers have “been so intense, draining.”

Encouraging their heroic efforts, Cardinal DiNardo said their “response is incredible and magnificent.” He also reminded them that, even “in the harshest and most difficult of circumstances,” to always see the “image of God” in their patients.

For information about vaccine opportunities in Houston, visit​

Related:​ Cardinal DiNardo's message on the 'Moral Permissibility of Recently Announced Vaccines for COVID-19​'

(Photo courtesy of St. Joseph's Medical Center)