UPDATE: Hays County to reopen COVID-19 vaccine portal on Friday

HAYS COUNTY — Registering for the COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be tricky as the demand continues to exceed the supply. Hays County announced that it will reopen the registration portal on Friday at noon.
Those who qualify under the Phase 1A and Phase 1B groups can make an appointment, either through the online portal or by calling (512)-938-1650. Residents who have internet access are highly encouraged to utilize the portal and allow the phone line to be open for those who need it. Scheduling, including the phone line, will not go live until Friday at noon.
The county is designated as a hub for distributing vaccines yet officials are reminding residents to have patience while waiting for more doses. The county is expecting 1,950 doses this week from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“We are looking forward to offering more vaccines,” said Tammy Crumley, health department director. “The reality of the situation is, we have very limited supply.”
Looking into the future, county officials are anticipating that vaccine distribution will be by appointment only. Practicing COVID-19 precautions including regular handwashing, wearing masks and social distancing is still advised.
“We will only accept appointments and are asking the public to not show up at a location without one,” said Mike Jones, emergency operations director. “We’re also asking for the public’s help in ensuring we strictly follow the protocols in place.”
The portal connection can be found at hayscountytx.com or at haysinformed.com.
Vaccinations are only available to those who qualify under Phase 1A and 1B criteria.
Vaccinations given out earlier this week were set at San Marcos High School. Those receiving the vaccinations there must show up according their assigned times for the second vaccination 21 days after their original vaccine.

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