Local Vaccine Information
(Updated as information becomes available and subject to change.)
Update: January 21, 2021
VACCINE CLINIC REGISTRATION CLOSED
We will continue to post updates as additional vaccines are received. Future appointments will be made from the Vaccine Waitlist.
Please have patience and continue to check with your medical providers and other local providers as well.
- Currently, we are holding a clinic for the most recent shipment of 1,500 Moderna vaccine doses from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
- A call center is available on clinic days to help with appointment changes and cancellations at (254) 750-1890.
- (More about vaccine eligibility.) Do you qualify for a vaccination? Read on.
- Depending on availability and provider, Phase 1A & 1B individuals are currently eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.
Vaccine Clinic Information
Wed, Jan 20th & Thurs, Jan 21st
- Vaccines are administered at the Waco Convention Center (100 Washington Avenue, downtown Waco) and are given by appointment only. Please enter on the Franklin Avenue side of the building.
- For questions, cancellations, or help with registration, please call (254) 750-1890 (agents are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. (Se habla espanol.)
- Please do not show up more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
Please bring a form of identification to your appointment (school ID, work ID, driver's license, utility bill, etc.)
- Be prepared to wait about 15-30 minutes after receiving it depending on your individual risk factors.
- Note: If you have received any other vaccine in the past 14 days or plan on receiving any other vaccine within the next 14 days (shingles, pneumonia, flu, etc.), you are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
- Vaccinations received in this shipment are Moderna vaccines and require a second dose after 28 days from the first vaccination for maximum effectiveness.
- Your second dose does not have to be from the same provider but does have to be the same brand of vaccine.
- Keep your shot record to present it for your second dose.
- Please protect our clinic staff! If you are feeling ill or are quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure on the day of your appointment, please reach out and cancel or reschedule at (254) 750-1890.
- Vaccine FAQs
- More about vaccine distribution
- Information about vaccine allergic reactions from the CDC.
Helpful Forms for Review:
(Can be printed/filled out in advance or available on-site.)
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
As of January 15th: 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.