“Having the vaccine finally gives us hope for a future without COVID,” said Dr. Lori Palazzo, Williamson County and Cities Health District medical director and health authority, in a December news release.
The county is working to inoculate those who qualify for the Phase 1A distribution, including firefighters who engage in 911 emergency services, such as pre-hospital care; last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19; and school nurses who provide health care to students and teachers, as well as long-term care and nursing home residents.
As of Jan. 7, Williamson County reported 22 individuals had been fully vaccinated, meaning they received both of two doses of the vaccine.
WCCHD officials said the general public should expect the vaccine to be available to anyone by this spring, but that may change depending on vaccine production and how quickly other vaccines become available.
The DSHS estimates Williamson County has 457,170 residents age 16 and older, the recommended age for receiving the Pfizer vaccine; the Moderna vaccine is recommended for those age 18 and up. Williamson County has received doses from Pfizer and Moderna.
The county also has several registered vaccine distribution points, including hospitals, pharmacies, medical clinics and others.
A list of locations where vaccines are administered can be found on the DSHS website. The list is of COVID-19 vaccine providers that have received a shipment of vaccines, but not all providers are vaccinating the public or people in all priority groups. Those who are seeking a vaccine should call in advance to confirm eligibility and availability.
Vaccines are available at no charge.
Below, see more on how vaccines have been distributed in Williamson County as of Jan. 7.