The Williamson County Commissioners Court signed an agreement with Family Hospital Systems to provide COVID-19 vaccination services to first responders in the county, a Dec. 4 news release said. In accordance with Texas Department of State Health Services, first responders are in the first tier of those receiving the vaccine.

While the vaccine has not yet arrived in Texas, Williamson County and Family Hospital Systems staff are confident that preparations now will ensure a smooth process to disburse the vaccine once it becomes available, the release said, adding Williamson County and Family Hospital Systems are prepared to follow all federal and state guidelines involved in distributing the vaccine.

“Family Emergency Room is pleased to continue our partnership with Williamson County to provide this much-needed vaccine to our first responders." said Dr. Henry Higgins, the CEO of Family Hospital Systems, in the release. "We are proud to play a role in keeping our community healthy, especially those who risk so much for our well-being.”

Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long said she is thankful that Family Emergency Room has once again stepped up to help meet critical needs in Williamson County as it has responded to COVID-19.

Family Emergency Room said in the release that it wishes to remind residents of Williamson County to continue to take proper precautions as the area continues to fight COVID-19, including maintaining social distance, practicing good hygiene and wearing face masks when social distance cannot be observed.

COVID-19 testing is available to all residents of Williamson County at all Family Hospital Systems facilities in Williamson County. To schedule a COVID-19 test, visit

“Providing vaccines to our first responders brings us one step closer to being able to provide a COVID-19 vaccine to all residents," County Judge Bill Gravell said in the release. "It has been a difficult year that has tested our strength and our resilience, but there is light at the end of the tunnel."