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COVID-19 Information for Hays County Residents

This is page is periodically updated with new and changing information. Last update: November 29, 2021

Table of Contents for this page:

COVID-19 Boosters

COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids 5-11

Vaccine safety and efficacy

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Vaccine Locations

Vaccine FAQ

Why get a 2nd dose? Do I need a third dose/booster?

Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?

Vax Facts

COVID-19 Testing

Current COVID-19 Orders

CDC Guidelines as of August 2021

COVID-19 Dashboard

Resources


Visit the Hays County Health Department Webpage.


COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

November 23, 2021 vaccine update: All adults ages 18 and up are now eligible (and encouraged) to get a booster dose if enough time has passed since their initial vaccine dose.

  • Six (6) months since the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna
  • Two (2) months since one dose of the Johnson & Johnson

You may choose to get any of the COVID-19 vaccines as your booster shot, regardless of which one you received for your initial dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. Visit the Centers for Disease Control website for more information on current guidance for booster shots. 


Pediatric doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine now available

Pediatric doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine now available for children 5-11; parental consent required. See guidance from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Available at: Live Oak Health Clinic, 401 Broadway, San Marcos
Walk-in M-F | 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.


Vaccine safety and efficacy/Seguridad y eficacia de las vacunas

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?/Es segura la vacuna del Covid-19?

Johns Hopkins Medicine is administering all three COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTechModerna and Johnson & Johnson. They view all three vaccines as highly effective in preventing serious disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 and that their benefits outweigh their risks. Read the full article from Johns Hopkins.

Also see the CDC website for details about COVID-19 vaccine safety.

In a national study that includes participants from Central Texas, the CDC collected data from 24 hospitals in 14 states between January and March of this year. They looked at the population of people age 65 and above who came into hospitals with flu or COVID-19 symptoms and tracked whether the individuals had one, two or zero doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (only Pfizer and Moderna were used during this study). Researchers found the COVID-19 vaccines were 94 percent effective in protecting people who had had both doses of the vaccine and 64 percent effective in people who had had just one dose. See the full study here.

A separate study that began in 2020 of 3,950 health care personnel, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers showed vaccine effectiveness of full immunization was 90 percent and 80 percent for partial immunization. The majority of participants were 18–49 years old. See the results of that study here.

Johns Hopkins Medicine administra las tres vacunas COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna y Johnson & Johnson. Consideran que las tres vacunas son altamente efectivas para prevenir enfermedades graves, hospitalización y muerte por COVID-19 y que sus beneficios superan sus riesgos. Lee el atrículo completo de John Hopkins

También consulte el web pagina de los CDC para obtener detalles sobre la seguridad de la vacuna COVID-19. En un estudio nacional que incluye participantes del centro de Texas, los CDC recopilaron datos de 24 hospitales en 14 estados entre Enero y Marzo de este año. Observaron la población de personas de 65 años o más que ingresaron a hospitales con síntomas de gripe o COVID-19 y rastrearon si las personas tenían una, dos o cero dosis de la vacuna COVID-19 (solo se usaron Pfizer y Moderna durante este estudio ).

Los investigadores encontraron que las vacunas COVID-19 tenían un 94 por ciento de efectividad para proteger a las personas que habían recibido los dos dosis de la vacuna y un 64 por ciento de efectividad en personas que solo habían recibido una dosis. Vea el estudio completo aquí.

Un estudio separado que comenzó en 2020 con 3.950 personal de atención médica, personal de primeros auxilios y otros trabajadores esenciales y de primera línea mostró que la efectividad de la vacuna de la inmunización completa era del 90 por ciento y del 80 por ciento para la inmunización parcial. La mayoría de los participantes tenían entre 18 y 49 años. Vea los resultados de ese estudio aquí.

Information about Clinical Trails/Información sobre senderos clínicos

If you take part in a clinical trial, your safety will be protected. Every clinical researcher is required to monitor participants to make sure they’re safe. These safeguards are an essential part of the research.

  • Before they begin, clinical trials must be approved by an institutional review board (IRB). An IRB is made up of doctors, scientists, and people like you and is dedicated to making sure that study participants are not exposed to unnecessary risks.
  • Many clinical trials are also closely supervised by a data and safety monitoring board (DSMB). The DSMB is made up of experts on the trial’s targeted condition who periodically look at the results of the study as it is in progress. If the DSMB finds that the experimental treatment is not working or is harming participants, the board will recommend that the trial be stopped right away.
  • People who join clinical trials must give informed consent. This means that they are told exactly what is going to happen, what the risks are, and what their rights are.

 

  • Si participa en un ensayo clínico, su seguridad estará protegida. Cada investigador clínico debe monitorear a los participantes para asegurarse de que estén seguros. Estas salvaguardas son una parte esencial de la investigación.
  • Antes de que comiencen, los ensayos clínicos deben ser aprobados por una junta de revisión institucional (IRB). Un IRB está formado por médicos, científicos y personas como usted y se dedica a asegurarse de que los participantes del estudio no estén expuestos a riesgos innecesarios.
  • Muchos ensayos clínicos también son supervisados ​​de cerca por una junta de monitoreo de datos y seguridad (DSMB). El DSMB está compuesto por expertos en la condición específica del ensayo que periódicamente analizan los resultados del estudio a medida que avanza. Si el DSMB encuentra que el tratamiento experimental no está funcionando o está perjudicando a los participantes, la junta recomendará que el ensayo se detenga de inmediato.
  • Las personas que se unen a los ensayos clínicos deben dar su consentimiento informado. Esto significa que se les dice exactamente lo que va a suceder, cuáles son los riesgos y cuáles son sus derechos. Ensayos clínicos reales o falsos: aprenda a diferencia

Real or Fake Clinic Trials: Learn how to tell the difference / Ensayos clínicos reales o falsos: aprenda a diferencia


VAERS

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), is a national program managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to monitor the safety of all vaccines licensed in the United States. VAERS collects and reviews reports of adverse events that occur after vaccination. An “adverse event” is any health problem or “side effect” that happens after a vaccination. VAERS cannot determine if a vaccine caused an adverse event, but can determine if further investigation is needed. VAERS defines a “serious adverse event” as life-threatening illness, hospitalization, prolongation of an existing hospitalization, permanent disability or death.

Learn more about the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

El Sistema de Notificación de Eventos Adversos a las Vacunas (VAERS), es un programa nacional administrado por los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) de Estados Unidos. Y la Administración de Drogas y Alimentos de los Estados Unidos (FDA) para monitorear la seguridad de todas las vacunas autorizadas en los Estados Unidos. VAERS recopila y revisa informes de eventos adversos que ocurren después de la vacunación.

Un “evento adverso” es cualquier problema de salud o “efecto secundario” que ocurre después de una vacuna. VAERS no puede determinar si una vacuna causó un evento adverso, pero puede determinar si se necesita más investigación. VAERS define un “evento adverso grave” como una enfermedad potencialmente mortal, hospitalización, prolongación de una hospitalización existente, discapacidad permanente o muerte.

Obtenga más información sobre el Sistema de notificación de eventos adversos de vacunas (VAERS).

 


**COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics/Clinicas de Vaccunas COVID-19**

COVID-19 vaccines are available at locations around Hays County. See below for details about where you can get vaccinated:

Vaccine opportunities around the County:

 

Check the County’s official Facebook page for additional pop-up vaccine opportunities.

Other Vaccine Locations around Hays County

Several pharmacies and clinics in our area also offer COVID-19 vaccines; see map, online and phone resources below. We strongly recommend calling the business or visiting their website ahead of time to confirm details such as if appointments are needed, if they require proof of insurance and/or ID and if there are any out-of-pocket costs.

Use the following resources to help find a vaccine location near you:

           Online:  https://www.vaccines.gov

           By Phone: Get answers to questions or help finding a vaccine near you by phone:

  • Text your ZIP code to find vaccine, childcare, and free rides to clinics to

    • GETVAX (438829) for English

    • VACUNA (822862) for Spanish

  • Call 1-833-832-7067 (toll free) for referral to a local vaccine provider

    • Call center is open Monday–Friday 8 a.m.⁠–⁠6 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

    • Spanish language and other translators are available to help callers.

  • Call the national vaccine finder hotline toll free at 1-800-232-0233
    (TTY 1-888-720-7489)

**Please check with individual sites in advance regarding details about appointments, insurance, and any out-of-pocket costs.**

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Vaccine FAQ

We know there are many questions along with confusion and even misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. The links below may provide answers to many of your questions.

See the Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 page.

See the Texas Department of State Health Services vaccine FAQ page.

See the Texas Department of State Health Services vaccine website en espanol.

Check back for updates and new information as the situation is fluid and often changing. Your patience is much appreciated as we work through this together as a community. 

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Why get a 2nd dose? Do I need a third dose/booster?

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which use messenger RNA (mRNA) to tell your body to build the coronavirus’ signature spike protein, were the first two vaccines in the United States to earn FDA authorization via an Emergency Use Authorization. These vaccines help the human body produce the antibodies needed to combat the Coronavirus. Why is it important to get two shots? The first dose helps your body create an immune response, while the second dose is a booster that strengthens your immunity to the virus.

Data from the clinical trials found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be 95% effective after two doses and the Moderna vaccine 94.1% effective, meaning they prevented people who got the vaccine from getting COVID-19.

Getting that 2nd dose is important. If you miss your second dose for any reason, get it as soon as possible. The CDC recommends the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should be administered up to six weeks after the first dose; in that case you do not need to restart the two-dose series again.

The second shot produces a stronger immune system response, so reactions are more common. These temporary symptoms are expected, normal reactions when receiving a vaccine. Each person reacts differently to a vaccine, so it’s possible you won’t experience any symptoms.

Some of the reported reactions to the mRNA vaccines include:

  • Injection site discomfort, such as pain, swelling, redness, or bruising
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Lymph node swelling

Below are some ways to decrease any discomfort you might feel after the vaccine, especially the second dose:

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Apply cool compresses to the injection site
  • Talk with your doctor about taking over-the-counter pain relievers/fever reducers

Above information found on the University of Missouri website: https://bit.ly/3hmMwh4

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Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two  weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.


Vax Facts

Get the facts about the vax! Here are links to information about COVID-19 vaccines and virus variants:

Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Updated August 27, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Updated August 11, 2021

Delta Variant FAQs
Texas Department of State Health Services
Last updated August 11, 2021

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Updated August 10, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Cases: Data from the States
Kaiser Family Foundation
Jul 30, 2021

How long do mRNA and spike proteins last in the body?
Nebraska Medicine
July 2, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
US Food & Drug Administration
Update: June 25, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and effectiveness—the elephant (not) in the room
The Lancet
April 20, 2021

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COVID-19 Testing

****Please check with testing sites in advance regarding details about appointments, insurance, and any out-of-pocket costs.****

Testing Locations

COVID-19 testing is currently available for residents of Hays County. You do not have to be experiencing symptoms. 

Testing by Curative

Curative testing sites will be closed on the following dates:

November 25 & 26, 2021
December 24, 25 & 31, 2021
January 1, 2022

Click here to make an appointment with Curative

Buda
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat & Sun 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parking lot at Main St. & China St.,
Catty-corner from Main St. Dental (near public restrooms)
Buda, TX
San Marcos
Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kiosk at San Marcos Library
625 E Hopkins St.
San Marcos, TX 
Kyle
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat & Sun 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hays CISD PAC
979 Kohlers Crossing
Kyle, TX
Spring Branch
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. -6 p.m.
Hill Country Christian Church
20845 TX 46 Spring Branch, TX
San Marcos
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat & Sun 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
San Marcos CISD
2601 Rattler Rd.
San Marcos, TX
Wimberley
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-Noon
Wimberley Community Center
14068 RR 12
Wimberley, TX

Click here to find other testing locations throughout Hays County; many of which accept private insurance. 


El Condado de Hays se ha asociado con dos instalaciones médicas de Live Oak para ofrecer pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19 para personas con síntomas que no tienen seguro, tienen seguro insuficiente o son indigentes.

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Current COVID-19 Orders

As of August 3, 2021, Hays County is no longer under an Emergency Disaster Declaration.

See Texas Governor Abbott’s most recent Executive Orders:

GA-39

https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-39_prohibiting_vaccine_mandates_and_vaccine_passports_IMAGE_08-25-2021.pdf

GA-38

https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-38_continued_response_to_the_COVID-19_disaster_IMAGE_07-29-2021.pdf

The Order issued by Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra mandating masks in all public schools expired on August 21, 2021.

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CDC Guidelines as of August 2021

Quarantine or isolation

You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus.

You isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.

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COVID-19 Dashboard 

As of April 2021, the Hays County Local Health Department provides updates on COVID-19 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays via news release, website and social media. The COVID-19 dashboard is updated Monday thru Friday, with the exception of County holidays. On Mondays, COVID updates include data from Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The Dashboard below is updated at approximately 4:30 p.m. M-F with the exception of Hays County holidays. A news release is then issued at about 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with the latest numbers. We also post the update of new cases on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

Local School Dashboards

Many local school districts have their own COVID-19 dashboards.  Please see the links below for information.

The Texas Department of State Health Services tracks coronavirus cases in Texas and updates the numbers daily.

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Resources

Resources for Persons Affected by COVID-19. If you need food, funds, mental health support, a job, etc., take a look at this list of area resources. It includes info for small businesses and nonprofits, as well. Additional information from Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area for Jobseekers and Employers is also available.

HaysInformed.com – Our rolling list of notifications is at www.HaysInformed.com, where Hays County, cities, school districts, and law enforcement officials post emergency or critical information of interest to a countywide audience.

COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program

Please visit the ERA program page to see if you qualify for rental assistance due to COVID-19.

Emergency Cash Assistance Program (ECAP) – CLOSED

The ECAP Fund was a collaboration between Hays County, the City of Kyle, PeopleFund, and the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP). The fund provided grants of up to $10,000 to qualifying businesses on a first-come, first served basis. The loan agency PeopleFund, a nonprofit community lender, managed the application process. Learn more about the program on the GSMP website.

CARES Act Funding Allocation

To see how the CARES Act funding was allocated for Hays County, see this document.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. 

To be eligible for funeral assistance, applicants must meet these conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

How to apply

Call this dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA’s representatives. Multilingual services will be available. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585 Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Please review FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance page and the FAQs for further information and guidance. 

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

How to Apply

There are three ways for eligible households to apply: 

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. 
  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and find participating providers near you. 
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to:

Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742 

Visit the Emergency Broadband Benefit page for more information and guidance. 

Helpline Provides 24/7 Crisis Counseling After Natural and Human-Caused Disasters

Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. 

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress. To reach the hotline: From the U.S. and its territories, call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support; callers to the hotline can also connect with counselors in over 100 other languages. This crisis support service is for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires, but also for those who need support related to COVID-19 and incidents of community unrest.

Please visit the Disaster Distress Helpline page for more information. 

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

Visit the Restaurant Revitalization page for more information on the application process and guidance. 

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