“It appears Comal County will receive weekly vaccine allocations, but we still don’t know how many we’ll receive. That decision is made by the State on a weekly basis,” Comal County Judge Sherman Krause said in a press release.
The list will be open to those who are in either Phase 1A or 1B of the state’s vaccination plan, which prioritizes health care providers, frontline workers, residents over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions that could cause complications should the individual become infected with the novel coronavirus.
Previously the county had kept a record of residents who contacted the public health department to express interest in receiving the vaccine before creating the standby list to provide residents with a virtual way to sign up for the vaccine.
“This Standby List will give people who have expressed interest in receiving vaccines a way to sign up,” Krause said. “As we get more supply, we’ll use this list to schedule residents for appointments.”
According to the county, residents who sign up via the county website are not guaranteed a vaccination from the county and are encouraged to continue to seek out alternative vaccine locations, such as their primary care providers or larger mass vaccination hubs. Individuals are not limited to providers in their own county to receive a vaccine but are encouraged to receive their first and second doses at the same location.
On Jan. 21, the county partnered with the city of New Braunfels to create a vaccination center in the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center and provided the first dose of the vaccine to 200 county residents.
The county plans to host another vaccination event Jan. 27 where 500 residents will receive the vaccine.
Since vaccines first became available in mid-December, Comal County health care providers have received a total of 5,400 doses, while Guadalupe County providers have received 4,275.