As your member of Congress, the safety and health of my constituents is my top priority. While many are concerned about the spread of COVID-19, rest assured that I am working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to keep our communities healthy. As a reminder, my office can assist with issues involving a federal agency, including State Department. You may call my Williamson County Office at 512-246-1600 or my Bell County office at 254-933-1392.
While there's still more to learn about the coronavirus, I encourage you to visit these resources for the latest information:
- Centers for Disease Control
- CDC: Caring for someone at home (Click here)
- CDC: What to do if you're sick (Click here)
- CDC: Interim guidance for businesses and employers (Click here)
- CDC: Cleaning and disinfection for households (Click here)
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Bell County Health District
- Williamson County Health District
- Williamson County COVID-19 information hotline: 512-943-1600
- Bell County COVID-19 information hotline: 254-616-3209
For updated information on where to get the vaccine, visit vaccines.gov. On August 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in individuals 16 years and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines both remain under emergency use authorization.
As of April 7, all veterans, as well as their spouses and caregivers will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine through the VA under the SAVES LIVES Act.
Covered indivudals who are eligible to recieve the vaccine through the VA include:
- not in the VA health care system
- those eligible for hospital, medical, or nursing home care abroad
- Veteran Spouses
- Veteran Caregivers
- Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits
Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system will be prioritized along with their caregivers. To sign up to recieve a vaccine, click here.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a resource page for veterans experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or with questions regarding care. The Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented their vaccination plan that can be found here. Vaccinations of health care personnel, community living patients and spinal cord unit residents will begin first at the Temple VA, with the goal of providing all veterans and staff members a vaccine if they want it.
The CDC recommends that individuals eligible for the vaccine, get vaccinated as it is the best defense against severe illness. Regardless, washing your hands frequently, socially distancing and wearing a mask in areas of high transmission can also assist in keeping you healthy.