Williamson County expects double COVID-19 vaccine doses after winter storm delay

Williamson County is expecting two weeks' worth of COVID-19 vaccine doses after the winter storm delay. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County is expecting two weeks' worth of COVID-19 vaccine doses after the winter storm delay. (Courtesy Pexels)

Williamson County is expecting two weeks' worth of COVID-19 vaccine doses after the winter storm delay. (Courtesy Pexels)

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said the county’s hub, in partnership with Family Hospital Systems, will receive two weeks' worth of COVID-19 vaccines after the winter storm that plummeted much of Texas delayed deliveries during the week of Feb. 15.

During a Feb. 23 Commissioners Court meeting, the judge updated the court on the status of the vaccines, saying the county as a whole expects to receive 20,400 doses.

FHS was scheduled to receive 6,000 vaccines during the week of Feb. 15 and 6,000 during the week of Feb. 22, according to Texas Department to State Health Services data.

The county has also partnered with Curative, a mobile vaccine and other essential health service provider, to inoculate residents. Curative was scheduled to receive 2,000 vaccines during the week of Feb. 15 and 2,000 doses during the week of Feb. 23, state data shows.

While neither FHS nor Curative received allotments for Feb. 15, FHS opened the Kelly Reeves Center on Feb. 20-21 using doses it already had, Gravell said. Curative was scheduled to receive its first allotment during the week of Feb. 15 and therefore had not started distribution, he added.


As of 9 a.m. on Feb. 23, Curative had been informed its doses will be arriving and begun issuing email notifications to residents.

Officials said the county will prioritize individuals who were scheduled to receive a vaccine during the week of Feb. 15 before offering appointments to waitlisted individuals. Individuals waiting to receive a first or second dose should look in their email for updates on when an appointment is available, officials said.

FHS will inoculate residents at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, 10211 W. Parmer Lane, Austin. Curative will inoculate residents at the Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex, 2275 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown.

The Williamson County call center remains open to residents who have vaccine questions. The center can be reached at 512-943-1600 and offers various information, such as how to sign up for the Family Hospital Systems vaccine waitlist by walking them through the process over the phone, confirming someone is on the waitlist, information about the county’s vaccine plan details on the county’s vaccine registration technical assistance sites.

Gravell said the center received 4,580 phone calls during the week of Feb. 15, to which the county had responded to 82% as of 10 a.m. on Feb. 23.

“We want to answer all of those, but in light of all this, I think we did really well,” he said.


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