Bell County Announces Plans for Future Vaccination Distribution

Belton, TX – On Saturday, February 20, Bell County health officials announced the plan for vaccine distribution moving forward. This plan involves continuing the pause of first dose inoculations and partnering with Baylor Scott & White Health to administer second doses to individuals whose initial Expo appointments were affected by last week’s severe weather event.

“While we just received a partial shipment of our vaccine allocation, we have not received all of the vaccines necessary to open the first dose sites,” Bell County Judge David Blackburn said. “Additionally, both of our first dose sites in Killeen and Temple have been impacted by water issues caused by the storm. With both of those factors in mind, we will not be administering any first doses this week, while we assess the best path forward.”

Those with first dose appointments booked for this week will be automatically rescheduled whenever the county begins administering first doses again, and no new first dose appointments will be opened until that time.

“As has been our practice,” Judge Blackburn said. “we do not want to schedule any new appointments until we have the corresponding doses in hand.”

For anyone whose second dose appointments were impacted by severe weather, Bell County has partnered with Baylor Scott & White Health to administer those vaccinations this week on its West Campus (546 N. Kegley Rd.) in Temple. These will be in-person, rather than drive-through, experiences. Everyone with a second dose vaccination appointment between Thursday, February 11, and Thursday February 18, will be contacted by Bell County with details about the new day and time of their immunization.

“Rescheduling those second doses has posed a challenge for us. Unlike our first dose appointments, which are booked on a weekly basis, our calendar of second dose appointments goes out several weeks,” Judge Blackburn said. “We are extremely grateful that Baylor Scott & White has agreed to step up and make it possible for us to stay on track.”

Second dose vaccinations scheduled to be administered on or after Monday, February 22, will be unchanged.

“I know how important these vaccinations are to people, and how precious these appointments have become,” Judge Blackburn said. “I know that these adjustments may cause some frustration, but they are critical to helping us get back to the work of protecting the people of Bell County against this virus.”