Hays County Vaccine Portal Opening January 29 at Noon
Hays County officials held the first COVID-19 vaccine clinic today, which they said went as smoothly as possible given the myriad challenges. Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra said with the anticipated shipment of another batch of doses from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the County is set to open the next round of appointment scheduling later this week.
“While things are still fluid and could change,” he said, “the next opportunity to make an appointment is this Friday, Jan. 29. Residents can go to haysinformed.com to find the sign-up link. It will also be on the County’s official Facebook page.”
Those who don’t have internet access/a smart phone can call 512-938-1650. Becerra urges residents who have internet access to use the portal and allow the phone line to remain open for those who truly need it.
Anyone who qualifies under the Phase 1A and 1B criteria per DSHS will be able to use the online portal or phone number to make an appointment. Both the portal and phone will go live Friday at noon.
IMPORTANT: No one will answer the phone and the portal will not be active prior to that time.
Becerra added that Hays County is also now using a text alert system to notify residents of important COVID-related information.
“By signing up, you will know what’s happening and when future rounds of vaccine appointments will open,” he said.
Text COVID to 844-928-3213 to sign up for the alerts. Please note, that number will not put anyone’s name on a registration list; it is means of receiving updates and alerts about COVID-related information. Hays County does not have a sign-up list for vaccines.
Becerra reiterated that the initial rollout phase for Hays County is constrained due to limited vaccine quantity and a demand that far exceeds supply.
“We anticipate more shipments of vaccine doses in the coming weeks, which will help,” he said.
Health Department Director Tammy Crumley said that with only another 1,950 doses expected, she is asking Hays County residents to be patient until more vaccine shipments arrive.
“As a hub, we are looking forward to offering more vaccines,” Crumley said. “The reality of the situation is, we have very limited supply.”
She said the health department reminds the public to continue practicing COVID-19 safety precautions including regular hand washing and wearing masks. Health experts also recommend avoiding gatherings with people who are not in your household.
Emergency Operations Director Mike Jones said vaccines will be distributed by appointment only for the foreseeable future.
“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 Judge and other officials will do Facebook Live updates each Friday at 1 p.m. at https://www.facebook.com/judgebecerra.