WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The COVID-19 vaccination site at Dell Diamond is expanding operations to eventually be able to handle 5,000 doses per day, county officials announced Tuesday.
When it first opened March 12, the ballpark site’s capacity was 2,000 doses. County officials want people in all three vaccine phases — 1A, 1B and 1C — to register on the county’s waitlist with an opportunity to get a vaccine this week.
“The idea is that we’ll eventually ramp up as we streamline the traffic processes,” said David Grove, Curative Texas Vaccine Operations Lead.
As of Wednesday, There are about 1,126 people in Phases 1A and 1B currently signed up, and the county says it is “making a big push” for people in all eligible phases to sign up for the waitlist.
“I just signed up this morning, and I got an email before noon. Just like that, it couldn’t have been easier,” said Tamara Jensen, a vaccine recipient.
Jensen is in Phase 1C and got her first vaccine dose Wednesday at the Dell Diamond site in Round Rock.
“I’ve never been so excited to get a vaccine before,” said Jensen.
Both Curative and Family Hospital Systems hub sites have already started vaccinating people in 1C.
Vaccinations are done by appointment only. Curative is the county’s vaccine provider.
The phases, as described by the Texas Department of State Health Services, are:
- 1A: Frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities
- 1B: Those 65 years or older; those 16 years or older with a health condition that makes them high-risk; school teachers and staff and those who are licensed child care providers
- 1C: Those between the age of 50-64
For more information on COVID-19 in Williamson County, visit the county’s website.
To date, 151,857 doses have been administered to residents. 23% of residents older than 16 have received at least one dose and 9.7% are fully vaccinated, county officials said.