Vaccines will be available statewide to any adult as of Monday, March 29, according to direction from the DSHS.
Providers are still asked to prioritize shots for those 80 and older, with or without an appointment. This means that those 80 years of age and up can effectively “skip the line,” if they present for a vaccination, according to a press release from the DSHS.
The state will also be launching a website to allow people to sign up for vaccination appointments through public health offices. The Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler will be released next week to allow Texas residents to find vaccination clinics and be notified of upcoming vaccination clinics.
Vaccination efforts in the county have left roughly 21.75% of people in the county vaccinated, which amounts to about one in five. At least 4,509 people have been administered one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 2,569 are fully vaccinated. Counts from a vaccination clinic held Tuesday were not yet available through DSHS data at publication time, but they are expected to be reflected when counts are updated Wednesday evening.
Reported cases of COVID-19 in Gonzales county are returning to low rates not seen since November of 2020, according to data from the Department of State Health Services.
Over the last seven days, from Tuesday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 23, 16 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the county. There were 14 active cases of COVID-19 in the county as of Tuesday, March 23, with 2,585 recovered and 55 reported deaths. This comes to a total of 2,654 cases reported in the county since April 2020.
In Gonzales Independent School District there were a total of three active cases of COVID-19 among staff and students on Wednesday, March 24, with no cases reported in Waelder Independent School District. There was one active case of COVID-19 in Nixon-Smiley Independent School District as of that date.