HAYS COUNTY – As vaccine distribution increases, more of the local Hays County and Texas population has received at least their first dose. Because of this, active case numbers and the number of monthly COVID-19 related fatalities has decreased.
The COVID-19 vaccine teaches our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. After you have been fully vaccinated, you may be able to start doing some things you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
Many doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics are now or will soon be able to offer COVID-19 vaccinations. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.
Below you can find information on how to find available vaccines and vaccine statistics for Hays County and Texas.
How to Find Vaccine
There are multiple tools to help you find vaccine in Texas. Check these tools frequently, as more providers and pharmacies will be added to each over the coming weeks.
Large Vaccination Hub List
Beginning in January, Texas established large vaccination sites or hubs around the state. Check the COVID?19 Vaccination Hub Providers page to find a hub near you and learn how to register.
Retail Pharmacies List
Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccine appointments are available. On March 29, the White House announced that the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program is doubling the number of pharmacies receiving the vaccine by April 19. To find out which pharmacies are participating in the program, visit CDC’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program website.
Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler
The new Texas Vaccine Scheduler helps Texans get scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine at clinics hosted by participating Texas public health entities.
Register online at GetTheVaccine.dshs.texas.gov. You will be notified by email or text when and where to get the vaccine. If there’s not an available clinic near you, you will be directed to other places to get your vaccine.
Call (833) 832-7067 if you don’t have internet or need help signing up. Call center support is available 7am-7pm, 7 days a week.
Spanish language and other translators are available to help callers.
Tips for Your Vaccine Search
When searching for a vaccination site, remember:
- While vaccine supply and distribution are expanding, not all local providers have vaccine each week and hubs may have waiting lists.
- Do not show up at a hub or provider looking for a vaccine.
- Instead, check the provider’s website. Call only if the website doesn’t answer your questions.
- DSHS/TDEM map of vaccine providers
- Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler
- Texas Vaccine Data
- Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Wasted Report
- State launches vaccine call center to connect organizations, businesses with mobile vaccine teams
- Texas shifts from COVID-19 vaccine allocation to ordering
- COVID-19 vaccine demand drops in Texas, though less than a quarter of population is fully vaccinated
- Texas recommends resuming Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots after CDC, FDA give green light