Texas county closed for Christmas instead of administering COVID-19 vaccine


Williamson County, Texas, officials got 900 doses of the Moderna vaccine meant for first responders Wednesday but decided to close down for Christmas without administering them, the Texas Tribune reported.

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell slammed county public health officials Friday, saying they should have administered hundreds of the vaccines immediately rather than shutting down Friday, the outlet said.

The batch of vaccines was meant for firefighters, those who provide mortuary or death services and school nurses.

County officials planned to start administering the vaccines early Saturday morning. They tried to say the vaccines arrived earlier than scheduled and worried there would be confusion if they administered them right away.

“My response is simple: hogwash,” Gravell told KXAN on Friday. “Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is prepared to launch the vaccine within one hour. St. David’s was prepared to launch it in one hour.”

“We’re sitting on something that could have been a Christmas miracle.”

Williamson County recorded its 200th death tied to the coronavirus on Dec. 24.

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