HARRISON COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) - As the United States remains in some of the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic — a glimmer of hope will shine in east Texas on Friday, Jan. 8.
A total of 144 residents will receive a dose of the historic COVID-19 vaccine. All appointments to be vaccinated have been filled.
- Critical frontline healthcare workers,
- First responders, long-term care staff,
- Hospice workers,
- Those 65 years and older
- Those who are 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition
Harrison County Judge Chad Sims believes that though this is a positive step towards combating the virus, he understands the frustrations eligible residents have with accessing the vaccine.
“There is a huge demand and a very short supply, people are angry and they feel slighted when they’re not able to get in,” he explained. “We’re doing our very best to get more doses in here and to get it a little more organized.”
Friday’s vaccination effort is a joint effort between the Brookshires Pharmacy in Hallsville, as well as the Marshall Harrison County Health District. The vaccinations will take place at the Marshall Convention Center in a drive-thru format, so those with an appointment are asked to follow signs, stay in their vehicles and bring identification, plus a social security card.
According to a news release, those using Medicare part B or a commercial insurance card are asked to bring this information in addition.
“We’ve got a lot of residents who have sick family members or those who have underlying health conditions, so they [family] are eager to have them vaccinated,” Sims added. “You don’t know the long term consequences of having the COVID virus, we are eager to get our folks vaccinated.”
On Monday, the Marshall Harrison County Health District is administering an additional 100 doses of the vaccine, though all appointments for this next round of vaccinations are also booked.
According to Texas state health data, 631 Harrison County residents have received at least a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Over 1.3 million doses of the vaccine have been shipped across the state.
However, only 527 thousand doses have been administered.