Thousands more Rockwall County residents have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, as county officials have begun changing the way those still awaiting the vaccine are notified.
The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management announced this week that Rockwall County is transitioning from a wait list for the vaccine to a mass vaccination notification list.
“The Helping Hands/Rockwall County vaccine wait list has been closed,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Barbara Neville. “Over the next few weeks, the county will continue to utilize the original wait list to ensure all 1A and 1B eligible individuals have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Now that the state has further broadened the eligibility criteria, the wait list is not a manageable option. Instead, a notification list has been created.”
Those still in need of a COVID-19 vaccine can text the keyword “VAXROCKWALL” to 888777. After joining the VAXROCKWALL notification list they will receive text notifications regarding upcoming mass vaccination operations in Rockwall County. You will then be directed where to go and how to book an appointment.
The Rockwall Office of Emergency Management office there had been 9,043 cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, an increase of 69 cases in one week’s time.
The report also noted there had been 8,845 estimated recoveries, representing an increase of 115 individuals within the previous seven days.
As of Wednesday, 20,406 Rockwall County residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, an increase of 3,406 vaccinations during the previous week.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that 11,782 residents had been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, 2,240 more than one week earlier.
There had been 139 deaths reported in Rockwall County due to COVID-19 as of Tuesday, three more than what was reported a week before.
The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management reported there were 31 people in the county’s hospitals suffering from COVID-19, with seven patients in the ICU.