H-E-B launches vaccine portal; Whipped Bakery opens in Leander and more top Central Texas news

H-E-B is preparing to accept coronavirus vaccine appointments through an online portal. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B is preparing to accept coronavirus vaccine appointments through an online portal. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

H-E-B is preparing to accept coronavirus vaccine appointments through an online portal. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Central Austin

H-E-B launches COVID-19 vaccine registration portal, but awaits additional doses

H-E-B launched a registration portal for people seeking coronavirus vaccines Jan. 8. As of Jan. 11, the Texas grocery store and pharmacy chain was still awaiting another shipment of vaccines before appointments are made available through the portal.

New Braunfels



COVID-19 ‘vaccination hubs’ announced in 18 Texas counties

Large-scale “vaccination hubs” are expected to begin administering COVID-19 vaccine doses across the state during the week of Jan. 11, according to a news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Williamson County

Williamson County sets plan in hopes of becoming COVID-19 vaccination hub

Williamson County officials laid out the county's COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan to the Commissioners Court on Jan. 12, including the formation of vaccination hubs throughout the county and its request for 30,000 vaccines per week.

See how COVID-19 vaccine distribution is going in Williamson County

Williamson County received its first allotment of COVID-19 vaccines in late December. Since then, it has distributed more than 10,640 doses, according to Texas Department of State Health Services data.

Leander-Cedar Park

Whipped Bakery & Cafe now open in Leander

Whipped Bakery & Cafe opened Jan. 11 at 15609 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. B220, Leander. The bakery sells macarons, cakes, cupcakes, French pastries, cake rolls, coffee drinks and more.

Olivia Aldridge, Lauren Canterberry, Ali Linan and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.






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