“Denton County created the Vaccine Interest Portal to allow residents who fall under the tier 1A and 1B categories to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in an easy and efficient way,” said Denton County Precinct 1 Commissioner Ryan Williams.
Once Denton County Public Health (DCPH) receives vaccines from the state, those who meet eligibility requirements as set by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) receive texts and emails detailing the date, time, and place to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.
Health care workers (under Phase 1A), people who are age 65 and older, and those who have a medical condition that increases their risk of severe disease or death (Phase 1B), can sign up. Individuals stay in their vehicles to receive vaccinations at the vaccination drive-through clinics located in Denton County.
“The convenience of our vaccination clinics by allowing individuals to stay inside their vehicles as they receive vaccinations at our drive-through clinics has been overwhelmingly appreciated,” Commissioner Williams said. Recently, he visited a vaccination clinic in Lewisville where he met with residents to inquire about their experience. “Everyone offered only positive comments about the process.”
The vaccinations, free of charge, require two doses. Those who register for the first dose do not have to re-register for a second dose. The system automatically notifies individuals when the second dose is due.
Denton County’s process has drawn the interest of neighboring Tarrant County. County Judge Glen Whitley recently brought his team to a clinic to see how it operates. Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne, District 24, also visited a clinic to learn about the process and the need for additional vaccine allocations from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“We are prepared to vaccinate additional residents,” Commissioner Williams said. “We have increased our numbers from 500 per day to 5,000 per day. We have partnerships with our municipalities and continue to seek volunteers through our Medical Reserve Corps.”
“I speak on behalf of the Denton County Commissioners Court in saying how appreciative we are for the state’s decision to designate Denton County Public Health as one of 28 vaccination hubs in Texas,” Commissioner Williams said.
Commissioner Williams, a recent addition to the Denton County Commissioners Court, brings significant experience to the county as the former CEO of Williams Surgical Specialties, which eventually became Priority One, one of the leading medical device and repair companies in the U.S. He also has served as a non-paid reserve police officer for the past 18 years in Denton County.
Both experiences uniquely position him to assist in ensuring the vaccination clinic process is convenient yet strategic to accomplish the long-term goal of providing vaccines to Denton County residents in an efficient and safe manner.