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Posted on: August 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Second weekend of Killeen’s drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine/testing site begins

Vaccines and tests will be available Thursday-Saturday, 9a.m. -7p.m.

KILLEEN, Texas (Aug. 26, 2021) – The City of Killeen’s drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine and testing site continues for its second week today through Saturday, with more than 150 vehicles in line at the start of today’s event.

Killeen’s Emergency Management team partnered with the Texas Division of Emergency Services and the Texas Military Department to make this option available to those in need at the Killeen Special Events Center (3301 S. WS Young Drive) from 9a.m. -7p.m. each day through Aug. 28.

No appointments are needed, although a phone number and/or an email is required. Participants can choose to take the self-administered COVID-19 rapid test (with results within 15 minutes), or a receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Participants must be at least 12 years of age to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Testing is available for all ages with parental permission/supervision. Booster shots are only available for immunocompromised individuals with a doctor’s note of proof.

During last weekend’s drive-thru event, there were 1,059 COVID-19 tests and 234 vaccines administered.

The current threat level for Bell County residents is at Level 1—it’s highest tier-- which is severe, uncontrolled community transmission.

City leaders want to highlight that the coronavirus is still present and those who are vaccinated are encouraged to still follow guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including wearing a mask, washing hands and social distancing. Leaders are also spreading awareness about the heightened effects of the Delta variant on youth, leading to an increase in hospitalizations. 

As a reminder, residents are asked to text their zip code to GETVAX (438829) for a list of nearby locations to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot. Each person is also sent information about free childcare and getting a ride to a vaccination location. Residents may also call the connected hotline at 1-800-232-0233 for the same information. 

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