The City of Killeen will offer another round of free COVID-19 vaccines and tests at a drive-thru COVID-19 site tomorrow, Sept. 16 through Saturday, Sept. 18.
The site will be at the Killeen Special Events Center from 9a.m. – 7p.m. There are 500 tests available each day.
Please know that vaccines and tests are available only while supplies last for each day. The state has limited tests for areas with high incident rates and reserves many of the rapid tests for schools and hospitals.
“The City of Killeen is using funds provided by the federal government to be able to continue this valuable testing, and city staff has been able to locate and procure tests available to the public,” Fire Chief Jim Kubinksi said. “We are taking it upon ourselves to secure the supplies we need to be able to continue providing a resource to the community.”
During the weekend of Sept. 9 – 11, 182 vaccines were administered and 1,160 tests were given. There were 198 positive cases.
No appointments are required for the vaccines or tests, but a phone number and/or email address is required. Only the Pfizer vaccine is available and booster shots are only available for those who are immunocompromised with a doctor’s note. Vaccines are for those who are at least 12 years old. 15-minute Rapid Tests are available to all ages with parental supervision and permission. Results will be texted to participants.
The Killeen Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management partnered with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Military Department beginning Aug. 19, soon after the Bell County Public Health District raised its COVID-19 threat level to the highest tier-- Level 1-- which is severe, uncontrolled community transmission.
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.