Kaufman County has begun registering people to receive the two-dose coronavirus vaccine at its hub vaccination center, the county announced today.

To register, please visit: https://www.kaufmancounty.net/ and simply click on the yellow banner at the top of the screen.

Vaccines are expected to arrive the week of Feb. 1 and will be made available to those registered, beginning with groups 1A and 1B, as soon as they are received. The goal is to provide up to 1,000 vaccines per week, expanding to 2,000 per week as more vaccines become available, according to the county.

The county’s vaccination hub will be at Trinity Valley Community College’s Health Sciences Center on South Texas Hwy. 34 in Terrell.

County Judge Hal Richards said the center will be adequately staffed with people to administer shots, many of whom will be volunteers from the fields of nursing and emergency management services.

The county found out today that it can apply for FEMA reimbursements at 100 percent, meaning the center will be operated through federal funding, according to Richards.

“We’ll be running this thing for months,” Richards said.

All the pieces are in place to operate the center. It just needs vaccine, which will be allotted to the county by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), according to Richards.

“We are hopeful we will get some number of vaccines released to us the first week in February,” Richards said. “That’s what we’re hoping for, but we don’t have any confirmation on that yet.”

DSHS gets an allotment from the federal government, and then the agency decides how to allocate it to its different sites in Texas.

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