Williamson County Area First Responders Receive First Round of COVID-19 Vaccine

December 26, 2020 – Williamson County area first responders received the first round of COVID-19 vaccine Sat., Dec. 26 as part of the 1A vaccine distribution group as designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). 

Eligible staff from 15 local fire departments and four long-term care facilities that were not enrolled in the federal pharmacy program began receiving vaccines for a total of 119 doses on the first day of the scheduled clinics. 

Included in Group 1A are also school nurses from Williamson County ISDs, and those in mortuary care who are now scheduled to receive vaccines. 

WCCHD invites any Williamson County first responders who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport, school nurses, mortuary care and long-term care facilities staff that are not enrolled in the federal pharmacy program to receive the vaccine during the next three days by emailing WCCHD at wcchd-info@wilco.org to register for an appointment. 

“Following the directive from State Health Commissioner John Hellerstedt, we are taking the initiative and pushing forward aggressively with administering all the vaccine doses we have received,” said WCCHD Executive Director Derrick Neal. “We invite all Group 1A-eligible community members to sign up to receive the vaccine, which is the first important step in putting the pandemic behind us.” 

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines and state distribution plan, visit The State Department of Health Services athttps://bit.ly/38vGDIr or www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/vaccine.php    

B-roll of the first vaccinations of local firefighters, as well as an interview with a firefighter that received vaccine and still photos are available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uyjwhlohm98v7t5/AABlc7-iMLZw6kZy5y3crrCca?dl=0.