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Brazos Valley COVID-19 vaccination information

Everything you need to know about signing up for and receiving a vaccine
Health officials say the Texas vaccine supply is limited but more arrives every week and it...
Health officials say the Texas vaccine supply is limited but more arrives every week and it will take time to vaccinate all.(WBKO)
Published: Jan. 24, 2021 at 7:55 PM CST|Updated: 20 hours ago
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - More vaccines are being sent to the Brazos Valley but not nearly enough for everyone who wants one.

So far, the State of Texas has been allocated 27,513,735 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Brazos County has been allocated 176,390 doses for the week of May 3. To see Week 21 of Texas COVID-19 vaccine allocations, click here.

Click here to view the state’s dashboard on vaccine distribution in Texas.

WHERE CAN I GET A VACCINE

You can check the websites of providers on the Texas COVID‑19 Vaccine Availability map to see if they have enough vaccine supply at this time.

Brazos County:

The Brazos County vaccination hub at the Brazos Center will stop administering first doses the week May 3. The last appointment to receive a first dose at the Brazos hub is Tuesday, May 4. To make an appointment at the Brazos County vaccine hub, click here. The hub will continue to administer second doses for everyone who received their first dose at the hub. Those who don’t have access to a computer and are eligible for a vaccine can reach out to the call center directly to book an appointment by dialing 979-703-1545. This number should also be used by those seeking information about the second dose. The call center is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Vaccines are also being sent to the following providers, but supplies are very limited.

For more information on registering for a vaccine appointment, click here.

Grimes County

A Walmart Pharmacy location in Navasota is participating in the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines on Feb. 12. Appointments can be made on the Walmart website. The participating Walmart is located at 1712 E Washington Ave.

Madison County

HealthPoint will be offering COVID vaccines to the community in Madisonville on May 14 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • To sign up call 936-348-3418 or click here

Milam County

A Walmart Pharmacy location in Rockdale is participating in the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines on Feb. 12. Appointments can be made on the Walmart website. The participating Walmart is located at 709 W US Highway 79.

Robertson County

HealthPoint will be offering COVID vaccines to the community in Hearne on May 10 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • To sign up call 979-279-3451 or click here

Waller County

HealthPoint will be offering COVID vaccines to the community in Hempstead.

  • May 12 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • May13 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • To sign up call  979-826-8200 or click here

Washington County:

The Washington County regional vaccine hub at the Washington County Expo Center will permanently close on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. According to officials, final second doses will be given from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 5. Anyone that received their first dose from the subHUB but has not yet received their second dose should plan to attend on Wednesday, according to the Washington County Office of Emergency Management.

Continue to monitor the Washington County Office of Emergency Management page here for future updates.

The Washington County Vaccination SubHUB will close permanently on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Final second doses will be...

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If you are eligible to receive the vaccine, please check the COVID‑19 Vaccination Hub Providers page to find a hub near you and learn how to register.

Texas continues to receive doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines and is distributing statewide. DSHS automatically allocates second doses to providers based on the number of first doses they received, so people should be able to return to the same provider to receive their second dose.

NOT ENOUGH VACCINES AVAILABLE

The vaccine remains limited based on the capacity of the manufacturers to produce it, so it will take time for Texas to receive enough vaccine for all the people in the priority populations who want to be vaccinated. Currently, there is not enough vaccine to supply every provider with vaccine every week.

Vaccine doses that are sent from the state are limited right now in the Brazos Valley. Even those who are eligible to receive the vaccine, are being put on a waiting list until additional supplies arrive. Health officials are asking everyone to be patient during the waiting period.

Remember:

  • Do not show up at a hospital or clinic looking for a vaccine.
  • Instead please check their website for information about vaccine availability.
  • Call only if the website doesn’t answer your questions.

WHO CAN GET A VACCINE RIGHT NOW?

In the state of Texas starting March 29, everyone age 16 and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. According to DSHS, the state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations. All vaccines are authorized for people age 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 16 and older.

Do you have a fear of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear.

When will everyone who wants a vaccine be vaccinated?

President Biden said the U.S. expected to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May. Gov. Abbott announced on March 26 that over 30 percent of eligible Texans have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Do I need to get vaccinated if I’ve already recovered from COVID-19?

Yes. Immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine may last longer than the natural immunity you get if you’ve already had COVID-19.

People who currently have COVID-19 should not be vaccinated while being sick.

Does everyone have to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

No. Getting vaccinated is voluntary and cannot be required since the vaccine is being distributed under an emergency use authorization (EUA). Once the vaccines are fully licensed, different laws may apply. Regardless, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is another way to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19.

CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO THE STATE’S VACCINE DISTRIBUTION DASHBOARD: Please note this feature may work best on a desktop computer. Health officials also stress that the data on this page may be delayed from real-time reporting by local providers.

How are the COVID-19 vaccines different from other vaccines?

Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection. But every type of vaccine works by teaching our bodies how to make cells that trigger an immune response. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.

Currently, there are three main types of COVID-19 vaccines that are or soon will be undergoing large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials in the United States:

  • mRNA vaccines
  • Protein subunit vaccines
  • Vector vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines do not use the live virus and cannot give you COVID-19. The vaccine does not alter your DNA. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an immune response without having to experience sickness.

Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work on the Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Why should I take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Getting this vaccine once it is available to you represents one step that you can take to get the Texas economy, and our day-to-day lives, back to normal.

How do I know whether the COVID-19 vaccine is safe?

Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make COVID-19 vaccines available. The new COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of volunteers during clinical trials. The vaccines are only authorized for use if they are found to be safe.

Even though they found no safety issues during the clinical trials, CDC and other federal partners will continue to monitor the new vaccines. They watch out for serious side effects (or “adverse events”) using vaccine safety monitoring systems, like the new V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker app.

For the most up-to-date information, see the Vaccine Safety section of the CDC website.

To learn about CDC’s new vaccine safety monitoring system, see the V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker section of the CDC website.

Who decides how many vaccines Texas gets?

CDC determines how many doses of vaccine Texas will receive each week, based on population. Once the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is notified of the number of doses expected the following week, DSHS staff presents possibilities for vaccine distribution to the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP). The panel makes modifications and recommendations to the Commissioner of Health, who makes the final decision on that week’s distribution.

Who decides how to distribute the vaccine in Texas?

In Texas, DSHS distributes the vaccine with the guidance of the EVAP, appointed by the Health Commissioner, Dr. John Hellerstedt.

How did DSHS decide who to immunize first?

The Commissioner of Health appointed an EVAP to make recommendations on vaccine allocation decisions. This includes identifying groups that should be vaccinated first. The goal is to provide the most protection to vulnerable populations and critical state resources. EVAP developed Vaccine Allocation Guiding Principles (PDF) that provide the foundation for the Texas vaccine allocation process.

For additional FAQs about the vaccine, click here.

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