Provider Enrollment Now Available for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
December 21, 2020 – Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Texas. The Pfizer vaccine was granted Emergency Use Authorization on Dec. 12, and a second vaccine from Moderna was granted Emergency Use Authorization on Dec. 18.
The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) invites any facility, pharmacy, organization, or provider licensed to possess or administer vaccine or provide vaccination services to consider enrolling as a COVID-19 vaccine provider.
WCCHD’s planning efforts are aligned with both the CDC’s Vaccine Playbook and the related Texas Vaccine Distribution Plan. The State plan is based around leveraging the private/public provider network to ensure broad coverage and sustainability, through four phases of priority and vaccine availability: Planning Phase (until a vaccine is approved), Phase 1 (current - may be a limited number of doses available to allocate to providers who will be able to reach critical populations at highest risk such as health care workers), Phase 2 (supply is adequate and community-based providers will play a key role), and Phase 3 (routine administration is widely available).
“We are excited that vaccines are ready to be administered to help our community get back to some normalcy,” said Immunization Advocacy Director Dr. Caroline Hilbert. “Wide availability from many providers will be the key to efficiently distribute it across the county.”
The first step to becoming a COVID-19 vaccine provider is registering through https://enrolltexasiz.dshs.texas.gov/emrlogin.asp. The Moderna vaccine only needs to be stored at standard vaccine freezer temperatures, and the minimum order is 100 doses, making it easier for more providers to participate.
Only providers registered through the state site can receive and administer COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. Enrolled vaccination providers will get COVID-19 vaccines from the Texas immunization program. Vaccines will not be available for purchase.
For questions about registration, please call the DSHS COVID-19 Vaccine Provider hotline at 877-835-7750, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or email COVID19VacEnroll@dshs.texas.gov. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines and state distribution plan, visit: www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/vaccine.php