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(KTIM FM 89.1) Regional Vaccination SubHUB Coming to the Area - Austin, Burleson, Fayette, Grimes, and Washington County Join Forces

Earlier this week Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a new state strategy for distributing COVID-19 vaccines.
Senator Kolkhorst played a key role in securing this site for the region.

The plan focuses on new vaccine "HUBS" and "subHUB" that are intended to help distribute the vaccine faster. As of today, Washington County Expo Center (Fairgrounds) has become one of the rural county vaccination subHUB. The subHUB will be supported by Austin County, Burleson County, Fayette County, Grimes County, Washington County, City of Brenham, Baylor Scott & White, Blinn College, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, and Brenham Independent School District, Faith Mission.

The subHUB will operate similar to what residents have seen with the drive-thru testing sites that have been held at the fairgrounds. Registration and ID are required. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Any Texas resident can register, although priority will be given to health care workers, the elderly (65+), and individuals who are at high risk of contracting the coronavirus or have one or more chronic health conditions.

The vaccination subHUB will begin Tuesday, January 19, 2021 and run from 6AM to 6PM. Those that qualify can begin registering on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1-800-845-8035.

Because of vaccine tracking purposes, you are required to receive the first and second dose of the vaccine from the
same location. If you have already received your first vaccine, you must return to that same location for your second dose. For instance, if you received your first dose from HEB, you will not be allowed to register and receive your second dose from the subHUB.

This information and any updates will be listed at

1A and 1B Tier Reminders:

Phase 1A First Tier

1. Paid and unpaid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to:

a. Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
b. Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic and/or rehabilitation services
c. Others having direct contact with patients or infectious materials

2. Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes:

a. Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state supported living centers
b. Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff

3. EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport

4. Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk patients

5. Residents of long-term care facilities

Phase 1A Second Tier

1. Staff in outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients. Such as but not limited to:

a. Physicians, nurses, and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
b. Clinical staff providing diagnostic, laboratory, and/or rehabilitation services
c. Non-9-1-1 transport for routine care
d. Healthcare workers in corrections and detention facilities

2. Direct care staff in freestanding emergency medical care facilities and urgent care clinics

3. Community pharmacy staff who may provide direct services to clients, including vaccination or testing for
individuals who may have COVID

4. Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administration of COVID testing and vaccinations

5. Last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19. Includes:

a. Embalmers and funeral home workers who have direct contact with decedents
b. Medical examiners and other medical certifiers who have direct contact with decedents

6. School nurses who provide health care to students and teachers

Phase 1B Tier

1. People 65 years of age and older

2. People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

For more information contact the Fayette County Emergency Management Office.

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