According to the Texas Department of State Health Services news release, effective March 15, 2021 group 1C, those 50 years-old and older, will eligible to register for Covid-19 vaccine in Texas. This came on the heals of the announcement that over 50% of seniors in the State of Texas have had at least one dose and 30% are fully inoculated but the the supply level of the vaccine is controlling the rate of vaccinations.
As of March 15, Groups eligible will be 1A, 1B, TC and now 1C.
Educators and support staff added last week
Last week on March 3nd , the Secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services issued a “Secretarial Directive” to prioritize Covid-19 Vaccines and their administration for those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers. This group is identified on the Williamson County registration form as Group TC.
The Williamson County registration form, as of this morning, list 1A, 1B, TC and 1C. According to the website the addition of the 1C group does not change the other groups prioritized for vaccination in Texas.
Texas Department of State Health Services announcement
The following was posted on the Texas Department of State Health Services under a PDF entitled “Phase 1C: Begins March 15”
“COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation
Phase 1C Definition
Phase 1C of vaccination will include those 50 and older, an age group for which there is strong and consistent evidence of COVID-19’s life-threatening effects. Preventing the disease among people in this age group will dramatically reduce the number of Texans who die from the disease across all races, ethnicities and occupations.
As Texas progresses into Phase 1C in the coming weeks, the state will continue to work with vaccine providers and other local partners to ensure that people who are in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C have access to the vaccine. Individual providers will have the flexibility to further prioritize vaccination within these groups.”
Everyone eligible for the Vaccine must first per-register on the County’s centralized waitlist in order to receive an appointment.
Once it is your turn
Once you are contacted that it is your turn to receive the vaccine you need to complete another registration form. If you need help completing you registration paperwork Williamson County offers technical assistance completing your registration paperwork at a Vaccine Registration Technical Assistance site. No appointment is necessary to visit a VRTA listed. Below are VRTA locations with dates and times effective March 8:
- Hill Country Bible Church, 3300 Little Elm Trail, Gym Building, Cedar Park, Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- First Baptist Taylor, 2500 Mallard Lane, Taylor, Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- The Oaks in Sun City, 301 Del Webb Blvd., Georgetown, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, 1420 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- First United Methodist Church Georgetown (McKinney Christian Ministry Center), 1205 Ash St., Georgetown, Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Northpoint Church, 1320 Arrow Point Dr, Unit 201, Cedar Park, Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Williamson County still encourages all residents in Phase 1b to use any option to obtain your first dose of vaccine from any approved entity offering it. The only thing to consider is if you are receiving a vaccine that requires a second dose you must get your second dose from the provider that injected your first dose.