Local Vaccine Information
(Updated as information becomes available and subject to change.)
- We are currently scheduling appointments for a clinic taking place Thursday (1/28), Friday (1/29) and Saturday (1/30). We will contact you directly from the waitlist to schedule appointments for this clinic.
- 1,500 doses have been received for this current clinic from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
- Appointments for ALL future clinics will be made from the Vaccine Waitlist in order of sign up. As additional doses are received, we will continue to schedule vaccine clinics.
- If you have questions about your second dose, visit here. If your first dose was received from the Health District, we will contact you for the second dose. You do not need to get back on the waitlist.
Please have patience and continue to check with your medical providers and other local providers as well.
- Customer service is available to help individuals sign up for the waitlist at: (254) 750-1890.
- More about vaccinations in Texas.
- Depending on availability and provider, Phase 1A & 1B individuals are currently eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.
In the months ahead, please continue to wear your masks, wash your hands, and maintain social distancing to prevent community infections and death. Being vaccinated does not mean you cannot spread COVID-19 to others.
PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT
The mask order is still in effect. Being vaccinated does not prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to others. More on current disaster declarations here.
Hospitalizations in our area (Trauma Service Area M) have exceeded the capacity of 25%, officially making this an area of high hospitalizations. This is calculated by DSHS for Trauma Service Area M which includes Bosque, Falls, Hill, Limestone and McLennan counties.
Executive Order GA 32 defines high hospitalizations as any Trauma Service Area in which the number of COVID 19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent for seven consecutive days. (The formula for this metric is: Lab Confirmed COVID-19 Patients Currently in the Hospital divided by Total Hospitalizations Capacity.)
Executive Order GA-32 allows restaurants and other venues to reopen at 75% capacity and allows elective surgeries if the hospitalization rate in Trauma Service Areas (TSA) with a COVID 19 hospitalization rate under 15% over a seven-day period. Note: If the hospitalization rate goes over 15% for seven consecutive days, venue capacity will be lowered to 50% and elective surgeries will be postponed until further notice. More information.
Are you fully recovered from a verified COVID-19 diagnosis? If so, the plasma in your blood may contain COVID-19 antibodies that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as a possible treatment for currently ill COVID-19 patients, so your donation could help save the lives of patients battling this disease. (Source: Red Cross)
Options Reducing Quarantine Time After Exposure
(If you have been in contact with COVID-19)
CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. Based on local circumstances and resources, the following options may be used to shorten quarantine time and are acceptable alternatives.
- Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
- With this strategy, residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 1% with an upper limit of about 10%.
- When diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available (see full text at the link below), then quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
- With this strategy, the residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 5% with an upper limit of about 12%.
In both cases, additional criteria (e.g., continued symptom monitoring and masking through Day 14) must be met and are outlined in the full text here.
Welcome to the official website designed to keep citizens of Waco & McLennan County updated on all aspects of the progress toward containment of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in our area.