Comal County to close vaccine standby list as doses become more widely available

The Comal County Public Health Department will close the vaccine standby list on Wednesday morning.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Comal County Public Health Department will close the vaccine standby list on Wednesday morning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Comal County Public Health Department will close the vaccine standby list on Wednesday morning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Three months after its inception, the Comal County vaccine standby list will close on Wednesday, April 28 at 12:01 a.m.

The list opened for residents to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in mid-January and the Comal County Public Health Department has partnered with the City of New Braunfels to conduct mass vaccination clinics since Jan. 21.

Since vaccines first became available in December of 2020, Comal County providers have been allocated 88,760 doses. The public health department has administered more than 30,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, according to a press release.

According to the department, vaccine availability has outpaced demand and residents will now be able to schedule their own vaccination appointment on a day and time that is convenient for them.

“Even with the standby list going away, we want the community to know that we are still here for those who have yet to get the vaccine,” said Cheryl Fraser, director of Comal County Public Health, in a press release. “Our mass vaccine clinics will continue at the New Braunfels Civic & Convention Center the next couple of months to make sure that vaccine is accessible to them.”

In Comal County, 60,705 residents over the age of 16 were reported to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of April 27, and 41,990 residents have been fully vaccinated.

According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services and 2019 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 22,075 residents over the age of 65 have received at least one dose of a vaccine, accounting for 78% of Comal County residents in that age group.

By contrast, 38,609 residents between the ages of 16-64 have received at least one dose, which accounts for approximately 39.79% of residents in that age group.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.


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