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Vaccine surge causing long lines in Kyle

HAYS COUNTY – Lines in the era of COVID-19 have become a less than scarce sighting; but this week Hays County witnessed a spike in their vaccine line up.

The vaccine crowd driving into the Hays Performing Arts Center stretches over one-mile and only crowing one road lane.

Typically, the Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) has been able to vaccinate 800 to 900 people a day when vaccines are allotted. This week, the county has received a surge in vaccines and has been giving 1,600 doses a day, according to Hays County.

The effort started on Monday, March 8 and has continued through Friday, March 12. Not all those standing in line are Hays County residents. Many Texans have been frantically seeking vaccines and driving for hours just to get their shot.

Restrictions on who can get the vaccine have been periodically changing. In the most recent update, Texans ages 50 and older will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 15.

So far, 7.4 million vaccines have been administered in Texas with 4.8 million Texans who have received their first dose and 2.6 million fully vaccinated. The state has been giving Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

Watch the video for the vaccine lines in Plum Creek.

About Author

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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