WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — More than 15,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered since Jan. 20 through the sole large-scale hub operating in Williamson County.
The county partnered with Family Hospital Systems to provide a hub where people can pre-register to receive their shots.
This week county commissioners approved a contract with Curative Inc. to set up more vaccination sites once it’s named a hub provider by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the county stated in a news release Thursday.
Judge Bill Gravell held a virtual news conference Friday morning to further discuss the vaccine rollout.
He said the current number of doses administered in Williamson County, which includes those provided by the hub, is 34,678.
Gravell said more than 450,000 people in the county could qualify to receive a COVID-19 vaccine right now, but he pointed out there are simply not enough doses at this time.
“It’s going to take us a long time to get there, but we’re working really hard,” he said.
Gravell shared that Family Hospital Systems will keep its mega-site for COVID-19 vaccines operating at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex on Monday and Tuesday. However, by Wednesday next week, he said that operation will shift to the parking lot at the Georgetown High School football stadium.
The plan, Gravell said, is to have Curative handle those operations in Georgetown.
“The goal of the county is to have Family Hospital Systems manage kind of the west side and then have Curative manage the vaccination site in Georgetown ultimately as well as open a vaccination site at the Dell Diamond [in Round Rock],” Gravell said.
Williamson County opened a Vaccine Registration Technical Assistance (VRTA) center this week at the Sun City ballroom, where senior adults can go to receive help signing up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
On Monday Gravell said the county will share information about the location of two additional VRTA centers that will open in Cedar Park and Taylor respectively.
Gravell said these VRTA centers are important because Williamson County currently has 81,282 senior adults who are 65 and older as residents. However, he said only about 3,000 of them have received a shot so far, so these centers can help those struggling to register for a vaccine.