Facilities in Texas receive vaccine doses, prepare for distribution

Facilities in Texas receive vaccine doses, prepare for distribution
Vaccine distribution

EAST TEXAS (KSLA) - Several facilities in east Texas have received the COVID-19 vaccine in preparation for distribution across the state.

The Brookshires Pharmacy in Hallsville will have 144 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available by appointment only on Friday, Jan. 8. Those doses will only be given to those identified as phase 1A and phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guiding Principles set forth by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Those who meet the criteria can call the Brookshire’s Pharmacy in Hallsville at (903) 668-1409 or the Marshall Harrison County Health District (903) 938-833 to set up an appointment.

The Marshall Harrison County Health District has also set aside 100 doses of the vaccine to be administered on Monday, Jan. 11, by appointment only at the Health District office. The same phase guidelines apply.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Bowie County has been allocated 4,425 doses of COVID-19 vaccinations as of Jan. 6, 1,500 from Moderna and 2,925 doses of Pfizer.

There are 29 facilities in Bowie County registered to receive supplies of the vaccination, either to vaccinate their employees or the public.

The facilities currently vaccinating include Christus St. Trinity Clinic, Super1 Pharmacy and the Brookshires Pharmacy in New Boston.

The phase guidelines set by DSHS are as follows:

Phase 1A: Health Care Workers Definition

First Tier

  1. Paid and unpaid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to:
    1. Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
    2. Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic and/or rehabilitation services
    3. Others having direct contact with patients or infectious materials
  2. Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes:
    1. Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state supported living centers
    2. Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff
  3. EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport
  4. Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk patients
  5. Residents of long-term care facilities

Second Tier

  1. Staff in outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients. Such as but not limited to:
    1. Physicians, nurses, and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
    2. Clinical staff providing diagnostic, laboratory, and/or rehabilitation services
    3. Non 9-1-1 transport for routine care
    4. Healthcare workers in corrections and detention facilities
  2. Direct care staff in freestanding emergency medical care facilities and urgent care clinics.
  3. Community pharmacy staff who may provide direct services to clients, including vaccination or testing for individuals who may have COVID
  4. Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administration of COVID testing and vaccinations
  5. Last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19. Includes:
    1. Embalmers and funeral home workers who have direct contact with decedents
    2. Medical examiners and other medical certifiers who have direct contact with decedents
  6. School nurses who provide health care to students and teachers

Phase 1B

  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
    • Solid organ transplantation
    • Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

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