WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Brazos County vaccine registration
People registering for a COVID-19 vaccine have run into a few problems, here’s what you should know
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The Brazos Center vaccine hub opened this week and while organizers say the vaccine rollout is an overall success, there have been some expected bumps in the road.
According to local officials, some time slots at the hub have been left vacant because people are not responding to invitations sent via email. Many people trying to register for an appointment have noted that there are glitches in the system.
One user said registration was going smoothly until they had to choose a preferred date and time for the appointment. When choosing the appointment time he received the message “invalid value.” Vaccine organizers say they’ve updated their form to address this problem and make it clearer when times are no longer available.
KBTX also reached out to organizers about an incorrect email address sent on invitations that was causing some reply messages to bounce back. That address has since been corrected.
How do you sign up for a vaccine?
In Brazos County, the vaccination hub at the Brazos Center is currently vaccinating those who qualify for Phase 1A and 1B. To be placed on a waiting list, sign up with St. Joseph Health by clicking here. In order to get a vaccine at the Brazos Center, you must have a confirmed appointment. Walk-up vaccines are not available.
For more information on signing up for a vaccine elsewhere in the Brazos Valley, click here.
How do you register for a vaccine appointment?
Brazos County vaccine officials say that there are almost 40,000 people signed up on the waiting list. Organizers say they are contacting people on the list in the order they signed up. If you haven’t been contacted yet it’s probably because they haven’t reached your name on the list.
If you are on the waiting list with St. Joseph Health, organizers are stressing the need to keep checking your email for an appointment invitation. Right now emails are being sent through a Texas A&M email address (.edu).
Once you receive an appointment invitation, fill out the registration form to confirm your appointment date and time. Earlier in the week, the registration software was only giving people 24 hours to respond to the confirmation before that time slot was marked unavailable. Officials say this problem has been fixed. If you are experiencing problems registering for an appointment you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you remove your name from a waitlist?
Several local vaccine providers have offered waitlists for people to sign up for. But, once you receive a shot, how do you remove yourself from other waitlists? Right now there are no specific instructions for this action, but Brazos County Vaccine Coordinator Jim Stewart said they are working on creating an email and phone number to call.
How do you sign up for the waitlist if you don’t have access to the internet?
Brazos County Vaccine Coordinator Jim Stewart said they are still working on making waitlist sign up available by calling 211. Currently, the only way to get on the vaccine hub waitlist is to sign up online at st-joseph.org/covidvaccine.
Are there other Brazos County vaccine providers?
There are several other vaccine providers in Brazos County, but because supplies are limited many have closed their waitlists. You should not assume vaccines are available at this time.
- St. Joseph Hospital (Sign up online to be placed on a waiting list)
- Baylor Scott & White Hospital (Not accepting registrations at this time)
- HEB Pharmacies (Registration required but there are no doses available at this time)
- Physician Centre Hospital (Please call 979-731-3930 and leave a voice mail to be placed on the waiting list)
- Brookshire Brothers (Temporarily suspended the waitlist due to limited vaccine availability)
- Kroger (No vaccines are available at this time)
- Walmart (The company is in the planning stages to offer the vaccine)
Are there other Brazos Valley vaccine providers?
Washington County has a regional vaccine hub at the Washington County Expo Center. A waitlist is available for those in Phase 1A and 1B, click here to sign up. In order to get a vaccine at the Washington County hub, you must have a confirmed appointment. Walk-up vaccines are not available.
Online registration will automatically close when 5,000 people have pre-registered.
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