Residents don't necessarily need an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine this week.
On Wednesday, April 14, the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) announced that walk-in vaccinations for the Moderna version of the vaccine were possible through Thursday, April 15, at the Taylor Public Health Center. Walk-ins are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until supplies last.
"Come and Take It, Texans," said the WCCHD on it's Facebook page.
WCCHD’s Taylor Public Health Center is at 115 W. 6th St., located one block from Main Street at the intersection with Talbot Street on the east side.
Further vaccinations availability at the clinic has been tentative to change.
“We are hopeful that we can keep our Taylor clinic operating for vaccinations going forward,” said Deb Strahler, WCCHD marketing and community engagement director, last month, “but that is all dependent on if and how much vaccine the state sends us weekly.”
For more information or to instead sign up for a scheduled appointment at the Taylor clinic, visit http://www.wcchd.org/covid-19.
Taylor also has a Vaccine Registration Technical Assistance (VRTA) center at First Baptist Church, 2500 Mallard Lane in Taylor. The center is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays.
For more knowledge on COVID-19 vaccines as well as links to a waitlist and provider locations map, visit http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/vaccine.php.
All adults eligible
As of March 29, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced that all adults are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
“We are closing in on 10 million doses administered in Texas, and we want to keep up the momentum as the vaccine supply increases,” said Imelda Garcia, DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and the chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel. “As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death – such as older adults.”
Vaccine providers are directed to still prioritize people ages 80 and older when scheduling appointments and to accommodate anyone in that age group who presents for vaccination.
Johnson & Johnson vaccines pause
The vaccinations available at the health center are from pharmaceutical company Moderna. Two other widely circulated vaccines come from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (J&J). However, on April 13, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a pause on J&J vaccinations due to six cases of rare and severe blood clotting in people who received the J&J vaccine. There have been 6.8 million doses of the vaccine distributed in the U.S. so far.
All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48. Symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination
"CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution," said Peter Marks, FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research director. "Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously. People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.