Hays County's next online appointment portal for the COVID-19 vaccine will open at noon Jan. 29 for anyone who qualifies under the Texas Department of State Health Services criteria for phases 1A and 1B of the state's vaccination plan, according to a news release.
Residents can sign up for the a vaccine appointment through a signup link on this webpage, but the signup link on the webpage will not be active until noon Jan. 29.
For residents without a smartphone or internet access, a phone line can be called to set up an appointment. The number, 512-938-1650, will not be answered until the portal is active at noon, and residents are urged by the county to use the online signup if they can to leave the phone line open for those who need it.
Vaccines administered by the county will only be distributed by appointment for the foreseeable future, Emergency Operations Director Mike Jones said in the release.
“We will only accept appointments and are asking the public to not show up at a location without one,” he said. “We’re also asking for the public’s help in ensuring we strictly follow the protocols in place.”
The county's first vaccine clinic was held Jan. 25, with this second clinic following an anticipated shipment of 1,950 vaccine doses from the DSHS, the county said.
Hays County Health Department Director Tammy Crumley asked residents to remain patient until more vaccine doses arrive.
“As a hub, we are looking forward to offering more vaccines,” Crumley said in the release. “The reality of the situation is, we have very limited supply.”
The county has also implemented a text notification system to update residents about important information related to the coronavirus. It can be joined by texting "COVID" to 844-928-3213.
“By signing up, you will know what’s happening and when future rounds of vaccine appointments will open,” Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra said.
County officials also plan to conduct Facebook Live updates each Friday at 1 p.m. on Becerra's Facebook page.