COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Vaccine Status & Information Regarding Vaccine Sign-ups
Boerne and Kendall County are continuing to work with local partners on the state of Texas’ plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to critical populations, within the phases designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
For the entire month of February, our community was allocated just 1,100 vaccines to administer to the public. Our last appointment sign-up opportunity for 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine filled up in just six minutes. If you are unable to get scheduled for an appointment, please do not show up to a vaccination site. There will be no walk-ins or on-site registration available and we cannot switch appointments for other people not registered. We have more vaccine on order and when the Texas Department of Emergency Management sends us more doses, we will open another registration opportunity.
The city has established a dedicated phone line people can call regarding any questions or for information -- 830-331-9990 -- it can't be used to sign up for a vaccination.
Providers, as determined by the state, continue to focus on vaccinating Phase 1A and Phase 1B populations as well as educators and childcare providers. Each provider will likely have their own sign-up system, though they have all been trained on providing the vaccine and the allocation order by Texas DSHS.
Here's what we know about vaccine distribution so far:
- Supply remains very limited in our area but several 'big box' stores with pharmacies have been approved to provide vaccinations (the stores are likely to be in San Antonio) including:
- The list of approved providers continues to grow and is available on DSHS's Vaccine Provider Locator Map.
- If you are in an eligible group defined by the state to get vaccinated, you can call local providers for availability and scheduling. Do not just show up asking for a vaccine.
- Providers are receiving high call volume and may not be able to answer immediately, so have patience.
- The city will also be sending notices to those who receive email notification from the city. Subscribe here.
Vaccine distribution guidelines
Texas will receive regular allotments of vaccine from the federal government. Vaccine will be shipped directly to enrolled COVID-19 vaccine providers as allocated by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Those providers will then immunize Texans who choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about the plan.
The DSHS website provides ample information on who, where, and when vaccine is available.
San Antonio and MetroHealth have established a website for people to sign up for vaccinations.
While not required, it is highly encouraged that people receiving their second dose return to the same provider that administered the first shot.
Current Rules and Regulations
Following Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-32 local businesses are able to maintain capacity at 75%. Abbott has also mandated that everyone must wear a mask or facial covering in public settings. Both requirements are in effect until March 10, 2021. This requirement applies to Kendall County.
As we see more COVID-19 vaccines available and more doses being administered we are also seeing more variants. Dr. Jason Bowling, hospital epidemiologist for University Health, answers questions about what kind of protection we can expect in the changing COVID-19 landscape. This is vital information because Boerne does not have a freestanding hospital and is reliant upon a hospital bed being available in San Antonio for treatment in times of critical care.
Chief State Epidemiologist, Dr. Jennifer Shuford, MD, explains how the COVID-19 vaccine works.