There were 1,698 COVID-19 tests and 271 vaccines administered during the second weekend at the drive-thru COVID-19 site in Killeen, which ended on Aug. 28. 211 tests were positive.
Killeen Emergency Services partnered with the Texas Division of Emergency Services and the Texas Military Department to open a dual testing and vaccine drive-thru at the Killeen Special Events Center from Aug. 19-28. If and/or when another clinic becomes available with the City of Killeen, we will inform the public.
During the first weekend of vaccines and tests at the drive-thru event, there were 1,059 COVID-19 tests administered, as well as 234 vaccines.
On Aug. 5, the Bell County Public Health District raised its COVID-19 threat level to the highest tier-- Level 1-- 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 more 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.