COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Residents wishing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will schedule an appointment directly with the provider of their choice. The County no longer manages a waitlist. The County's Call Center and Vaccine Registration Technical Assistance centers closed effective May 1, 2021.
- Homebound Texans can call 844-90-TEXAS and select Option 1 to request a state mobile vaccination team to visit their home. Read more.
- Check here to find a COVID vaccine near you!
- Check here for a list of the state HUB locations.
- Information on the Williamson County and Cities Health District vaccinations can be found on the WCCHD.org - COVID-19 page or call 512-943-3600.
- Learn more about vaccine-related questions, by viewing The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQs Vaccination page.
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from the USPS website. Here's what you need to know about your order:
- Limit of one order per residential address
- One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
- Orders will ship free starting in late January
- To order your kits, go to Covidtests.gov
The Williamson County and Cities Health District also has information on COVID-19 testing on its website.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. The risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, for example, healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Williamson County and Cities Health District are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation in coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and regional public health and healthcare agencies.
If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. Call the toll-free Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at 833-986-1919 to speak with a mental health professional 24/7.
- What is the source of the virus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people.
This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people.
- How does the virus spread?
This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person to person. It's important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
- What are the symptoms and how does the virus transfer/spread from person to person?
People with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
- Shortness of breath
COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others. How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.
Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.