Bell County Announces Vaccine Partnership with Hospitals

Belton, TX – On Wednesday, February 24, Bell County Judge David Blackburn hosted a press conference to announce a partnership between the county and its three largest hospital systems to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

"Beginning next week, Bell County will allocate vaccines to each of these three healthcare providers in order that they might establish vaccination centers on their campuses," Judge Blackburn said. "By working with these three providers we effectively and efficiently expand our vaccination process."

Judge Blackburn broke down details of these future allocations. From its weekly shipment of 780 vials (4,680 doses) of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Bell County will transfer 167 vials (1,002 doses) to each of the three hospitals to administer out of their facilities. The county also plans to share 33 vials (198 doses) with both Lampasas and Mills Counties to help inoculate their populations.

“In discussions with the State, it was suggested that two of our neighboring rural counties have not been receiving consistent doses and that an allocation to those counties would be appropriate,” Judge Blackburn said. “They are each ready and willing to operationalize the receipt of 198 doses a week.”

The Bell County Public Health District will retain 213 vials (1,278 doses) to distribute through its own vaccination centers. However, the way in which those centers operate will be changing in the days and weeks to come.

“Going forward, our focus for our Bell County efforts will be operationalizing what we are calling dynamic sites,” Judge Blackburn said. “By that we mean sites that will mobile and will be targeting service to those who are underserved in our community.”

Judge Blackburn said that he hopes to make an announcement with more details on the plan for dynamic sites in the coming weeks.

Following his remarks, Judge Blackburn invited representatives from each of the three hospitals to outline their plans for making vaccine appointments. Kevin Roberts, President and CEO of AdventHealth Central Texas, Patrick Swindle, CEO of Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights, and Angie Gentry, Director of Trauma and Forensics at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Temple each presented helpful one-sheets with instructions for how their vaccination processes will work. Those flyers can be downloaded below.

“All of this combined means we’ll be able to offer area residents more locations and more options for getting their vaccination,” Judge Blackburn said. “I am very thankful to Seton, Advent, and Baylor Scott & White for their willingness to help us in this continuing endeavor.”

Click here to view the AdventHealth Central Texas flyer.
Click here to view the Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights flyer.
View the Baylor Scott & White Health flyer in English or Spanish.