Covid-19 update

Curative begins vaccinations in Georgetown

 

Family Hospital Systems continues 

By CHRISTOPHER DE LOS SANTOS


Curative, Inc., and Family Hospital Systems are each operating separate drive-through Covd-19 vaccination sites in Williamson County this week. The county is also continuing its wait list, call-in help line and in-person technology assistance sites.


Curative

Curative, Inc., conducts a drive-through clinic for Covd vaccinations at John Gupton Stadium near Georgetown High School, on Austin Avenue, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 24. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. They have not, yet, developed their schedule for weekends.


Headquartered in San Dimas, California, Curative, Inc., operates thousands of Covid testing sites across California, Texas and other states.


Rachel Baptista, regional vaccine lead for Curative operations in central Texas, said they will give 500 vaccinations Wednesday. Curative will scale up Thursday and the rest of the week to serve more patients, she said. 


All vaccinations are by appointment only, officials have said. Email notices go out from the county, with unique links, to those who register on the waitlist, when their turns come up.


Family Hospital Systems

Family Hospital Systems “will absolutely make good on all appointments from the recent weather disruption,” spokesperson Jen Stratton said.


On Tuesday, Ms. Stratton said they were administering second doses, to patients for whom these were designated by name, in the Sun City Ballroom.


“As soon as we get more first doses, we will resume operations at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex” on Parmer Lane in Austin, just south of Cedar Park, Ms. Stratton said.


All vaccinations are by appointment only, officials have said. Email notices go out from the county with unique links to those who register on the waitlist when their turns come up.


County Waitlist

The county administers an online waitlist for vaccine hub providers only in the county. As of this writing Family Hospital Systems and Curative, Inc., are functioning as the hubs.


To receive a vaccination appointment with a hub provider, residents must sign up on the waitlist. The county will send an email notification with a unique link to each individual when their appointment comes up. The unique link will go to an additional website where paperwork is required to get the vaccine.


Residents may seek vaccination by signing up on other waitlists, in other counties, or through local providers, such as CVS Pharmacies, Walgreens or H-E-B Pharmacies.


Call-in help line

Williamson County has set up a call center to serve as a resource for residents interested in Covid-19 vaccine information. The call center experienced a disruption during the recent winter storm and freeze. It is back in operation in English and Spanish at 512-943-1600. 


Call center reps can talk residents through the process of signing up for the county waitlist and confirm that they are on the waitlist. They cannot determine how much longer anyone must wait, nor reschedule vaccination appointments.


To reschedule an appointment contact the health organization providing your vaccination.


In-person technology assistance

For those who need assistance with the additional paperwork to get the vaccine, after they have received an email appointment notification, the county and volunteers have three locations.


Trained volunteers, using county owned and county secured devices, will provide in-person assistance in completing the paperwork to actually get the vaccine, for those with email notifications of vaccination appointments.  After the winter weather disruption this is the schedule:


  • Beginning Feb. 22: Hill Country Bible Church gym, on Little Elm Trail, near Lakeline Mall, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Beginning Feb 23: First Baptist Taylor on Mallard Lane, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Beginning Feb. 24: The Oaks in Sun City on Del Webb Blvd., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Curative’s first time vaccinating in Georgetown

At opening on Wednesday, Ms. Baptista said Curative had a crowd of dozens of vehicles already lined up for check-in.  By 9:30 a.m., two check-in lines were down to four total vehicles, and each of three general vaccination lanes had about 16 cars in line. 


A high risk lane saw fewer patients, so the staff could pay more attention to each one.


Nurses in the three general lanes processed about 3 - 4 vehicles in total, every two minutes. For three lanes, that works out to about 100 per hour.


After inoculations, parking lot control efficiently routed patients into the supervision area where medical staff, including EMTs, monitored them for 15 minutes, in case of adverse reaction.


Total time moving through the site from check-in to exit should be between thirty minutes and an hour, so officials recommend arriving no more than 10 to 15 minutes before scheduled appointment times.


Curative began the day with a total of 4,000 doses available in Williamson County: 2,000 from last week’s delayed allocation and the rest for the fourth week of February, Ms. Baptista said.


If it rains, Ms. Baptista said that she bought ponchos for all the staff. The site also has at least six tents large enough to hold a conference table.


Curative had a staff of 70 at the Gupton Stadium location on Wednesday, Ms. Baptista said. 


At least four nurses with RN credentials in each lane administer vaccinations. Nurses with LVN credentials and nursing assistants prep syringes. EMTs are also available for any patient experiencing an adverse reaction.


County Judge Bill Gravell indicated that the state would provide an increased number of vaccines, next week, for the site near Georgetown High School, possibly 12,000, depending on manufacturer availability.