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Turkey administers over 58.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

Turkey has so far administered more than 58.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the data released on Monday by the Health Ministry, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

More than 17 million citizens have got two doses of vaccine, while over 2.8 million have taken their third shots in the country of 83 million, said the ministry.

Meanwhile, authorities warned the daily COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the provinces with low vaccination rate.


WHO chief urges COVID-19 vaccine makers to advance doses for COVAX

WHO chief urges COVID-19 vaccine makers to advance doses for COVAX© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

By Emma Farge

GENEVA (Reuters) -The head of the World Health Organization called on manufacturers to make COVID-19 vaccine doses available to the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility earlier than planned due to a supply shortfall left by Indian export disruptions.

COVAX, which supplies doses to poorer countries, relies heavily on India’s Serum Institute’s exports of the AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:) jab but many of these are instead being used by the country as it battles a massive second wave of infections.

The head of UNICEF on Monday asked G7 countries to donate supplies as an emergency measure to make up the shortfall estimated at 140 million doses by end-May.

“While we appreciate the work of AstraZeneca who have been steadily increasing the speed and volume of their deliveries, we need other manufacturers to follow suit,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing.

Specifically, he asked Pfizer (NYSE:) to bring forward deliveries of some 40 million doses in the second half of the year and asked Moderna (NASDAQ:) to make doses pledged for 2022 available this year.

“We need doses right now and call on them to bring forward deliveries as soon as possible,” he said.

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Over 50s to get second doses sooner over fear Indian variant may be 50% more transmissible

Indian variant latest

The figures released on Thursday have risen from 520 cases recorded by PHE up to 5 May.

Most of the cases have been detected in England, with 1,255 cases recored.

There have also been 35 cases detected in Scotland, 12 in Northern Ireland and 11 in Wales, according to PHE.

Broken down by region, more than 30 percent of cases are in London, followed by 25 percent in north-west England, 12 percent in eastern England, 10 percent in the East Midlands and eight percent in the South East, PHE said.

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Texas allotted 1.9M COVID-19 vaccine doses next week — Travis County to get 27K, Williamson County to get 20K

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is set to receive 1.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines next week, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced Friday.

DSHS is designating 796,360 of those as first doses to be distributed across 468 providers in 116 counties. The department also ordered 605,390 second doses.

Another 500,000 first and second doses are going to pharmacy locations, federally-qualified health centers and dialysis centers, according to DSHS. This supply is allocated directly by the federal government.

This week, Texas received fewer doses due to a reduction of 350,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. States are expected to get less supply of the J&J vaccine until a plant in Baltimore is able to help out with production, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

DSHS reported the state has now given out more than 13.6 million doses. More than 8.8 million people have gotten at least one dose, and another 5.25 million are fully vaccinated.

You can still register with the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler online[3]. The form will match you with an available vaccine appointment through a participating health organization in your county.

Central Texas providers getting doses next week

Travis County

Provider Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Austin Public Health 12,000 12,000
Austin Radiological Association  200 200
UT Health Austin (Dell Medical School) 8,190 8,190
Austin Regional Clinic 800 800
Crossover Health Medical Group 1,000 100 1,100
Lone Star Circle Of Care 400 400
Wellmed 500 100 600
E. David Pampe, M.D. 100 100
Family Wellness Clinic Ut Austin School Of Nursing 300 300
Guadalupe Zamora M.D., P.A.  100 100
Jose F. Santiago M.D. 100 100
Red River Family Practice 200 200
Seton Medical Center Austin 2,000 2,000
Shots For Tots St. Johns 300 300
Auro Pharmacy  1,200 1,200
Trinity Internal Medicine  100 100

Williamson County

Provider Modern Pfizer J&J Total
Lone Star Circle of Care TAMU Health Science Center Family Health 100 100
WCCHD Round Rock  1,600 1,600
Lone Star Circle Care Taylor Health Center 100 100
Austin Regional Clinic 1,200 1,200
Lake Aire Med Center Senior Health Wellness 100 100
Jarrell Medical Clinic  100 100
Wellmed Leander  100 100
Baylor Scott & White Round Rock Family Medicine 1,000 1,000
Curative Medical Associates PA 5,000 11,700 15,700

Hays County

Provider Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
CVS Pharmacy #10535 2,000 2,000
Texas State University Student Health Services 1,200 1,200
Brookshires Pharmacy 67 100 100
Hays County Health Department 3,510 3,510
Ascension Seton Health Center Buda 100 100
BSWH Buda Medical Center 500 500

Bastrop County

Provider Modern Pfizer J&J Total
A+ Life Style Medical Group 2,000 2,000
Family Health Center At Elgin 100 100

Burnet County

Provider Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Family Wellness Center, P.A. 300 300
LSCC Family Care Center At Marble Falls 100 100
BSW Medical Center Marble Falls  1,170 1,170

Fayette County

Provider Moderna Pfizer Johnson & Johnson Total
Tejas Healthcare Clinic 100 100

Gillespie County

Provider Moderna Pfizer  J&J Total
Hill Country Memorial Hospital  600 600

Lee County

Provider Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Davam Urgent Care 100 100
Pieratt’s Pharmacy 100 100
Giddings State School 100 100

Milam County

Provider Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Milam County Health Department 300 300

Data concerning specific providers in Central Texas was compiled by KXAN Intern Hannah Falcon.

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Walgreens changing vaccine schedule after giving customers extra week between doses

Walgreens will begin scheduling doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine three weeks apart, as is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), following complaints from customers.

The U.S. pharmacy chain has up until now been setting the shots four weeks apart, one week more than is recommended, because the extended schedule made it faster and simpler to schedule appointments, The New York Times reported[1] on Monday.

Starting at the end of the week, Walgreens’ vaccine-scheduling system will begin spacing shots three weeks apart, while maintaining the four-week period recommended for Moderna’s own vaccine.

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Walgreens’ chief medical officer, Kevin Ban, had previously said that spacing the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines the same period apart was “the easiest way to stand up the process based on our capabilities at the time.”

Other major pharmacy chains such as CVS and Rite Aid had complied with the CDC’s guidance on spacing vaccines apart, the Times notes, spacing Pfizer shots around 20 to 23 days apart.

The newspaper reports that there is no evidence that suggests an extra week reduces the efficacy of the vaccine, and the CDC has said it alright to space the doses as much as six weeks apart.

However, CDC spokesperson Kate Grusich told the Times that Walgreens’ scheduling decision still confused its customers and brought on the attention of federal health officials.

According to Walgreens, it has administered more than 8 million coronavirus vaccine doses so far and expects to administer between 26 and 34 million doses by the end of August.

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DSHS: More than 2.5 million COVID vaccine doses are headed to Texas providers next week

AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than 2.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be sent to Texas hubs and providers next week, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Friday.

Of the entire allotment of doses, just over 1 million first doses will be shipped for 2,011 providers across 200 counties, the most doses and providers to date, DSHS said. The state is also ordering 626,290 second doses for people to complete the vaccine treatment, and an additional 900,000 doses — both first and second — are headed to pharmacies, federally-qualified health centers and dialysis centers by the federal government.

Pharmacies at HEB, Randalls and Walgreens around the area received 100 Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses each, so be sure to check your local stores for availability.

Austin Public Health received 12,000 Moderna doses and 1,000 Johnson and Johnson doses.

DSHS said the state has administered 11.8 million doses of the vaccine, adding about 1.8 million from last week’s total and 360,000 more than what was reported Thursday.

More than 4.3 million Texans are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, while almost 7.8 million have had at least one of two required shots for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

More than 125,000 people have signed up for the state’s vaccine online scheduling tool[3] that allows people across the state to register for vaccine appointments at public health agencies.

Here are the vaccine types and allotments hubs and providers in the KXAN viewing area are scheduled to receive next week:

Travis County

Provider Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Austin Public Health 12,000 1,000 13,000
38h Street Pharmacy 200 200
AMG Texas Balcones Woods 100 100
AMP Wellness 100 100
ATX Primary Care 100 100
Austin Ear, Nose and Throat 300 300
Austin Family Allergy and Asthma 200 200
Austin North Burnet 300 300
APH Immunization Program 500 500
Austin Radiological Assoc. 300 300
ARC – Anderson Mill 500 500
ARC – Quarry Lake 500 500
ARC – Wilson Parke 500 500
Austin State Hospital 100 100
BSW Riverplace 500 500
Bee Caves Family Practice 100 100
BSW Med. Center Lakeway 500 500
Code 4 Emergency Services 1,170 1170
E David Pampe, MD 100 100
Family Wellness Clinic UT Nursing 300 300
HEB (100 each at 26 Austin stores) 2,600 2,600
Hill Country Allergy & Asthma 300 300
Lake Hills Pharmacy 500 500
Lone Star Circle or Care 100 100
Marchand and Associates 200 200
Margolin and Keinarth MD 200 200
Northwest Hills at Davenport 300 300
Peoples Pharmacy No. 1 100 100
Randalls (100 each at 9 Austin stores) 900 900
Seton Medical Center Austin 11,700 11,700
Auro Pharmacy 1,200 1,200
South Oaks Family Medicine 100 100
Southwest Pediatric Associates 200 200
Tarrytown Pharmacy 300 300
Texas Neuro Rehab Center 100 100
Hospital at Westlake Medical Center 200 200
Vaccine Machine 500 500
Vina Pharmacy 300 300
Walgreens (100 each at 28 Austin stores) 2,800 2,800
Wellmed Ben White 1,500 1,500
Yun W. Kim MD 200 200
ARC – Bee Cave 500 500
Walgreens Bee Cave 500 500
ARC – Manor 500 500
BRC Healthcare 100 100
ARC – Kelly Lane 500 500
ARC – Pflugerville 500 500
HEB on Wells Branch 100 100
HEB on FM 685 100 100
Walgreens on Pecan 100 100
Walgreens on FM 685 100 100
Walgreen on Wells Branch 100 100
Travis County ESD 8 200 200
Walgreens Westlake 100 100
DSHS Warehouse 100,000 100,000
Texas DPS 1,100 1,100

Williamson County

Provider Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
WCCHD Round Rock 1,600 1,600
Eixsys Healthcare System 500 500
Curative Medical Associates PA 11,700 11,700
Baylor Scott And White Round Rock Family Medicine 500 500
Austin Regional Clinic 2,500 2,500
Advanced Pain Care 200 200
Randalls Pharmacy 300 300
Lighthouse Pediatrics 100 100
Baylor Scott And White Health- Cedar Park Multispecialty Clinic 500 500
Walgreens Pharmacy 05159 1,700 1,700
HEB (Check local stores) 1,300 1,300
Ascension Medical Group Seton Primary Care 200 200

Hays County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
HEB Pharmacy 600 600
Walgreens Pharmacy 1,800 1,800
Austin Regional Clinic 4,070 4,070
Lhd Hays County Health Department 3,510 3,510
Solutions Pharmacy 500 500
Ascension Medical Group Seton San Marcos 100 100
B And J Pharmacy 300 300
Genoa Healthcare-20125 – San Marcos 100 100
Live Oak Health Partners Comm Cl 500 500
San Marcos High 300 300
Texas State University Student Health Services 1,170 1,170
Brookshires Pharmacy 100 100
Wimberley Pharmacy 200 200

Bastrop County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
A+ Life Style Medical Group 2,000 2,000
HEB Pharmacy 200 200
Walgreens Pharmacy 200 200

Blanco County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
Blanco Pharmacy & Wellness 100 100

Burnet County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
HEB Pharmacy 200 200
Walgreens Pharmacy 200 200

Caldwell County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
Walgreens Pharmacy 11131 200 200
BJP Healthcare LLC Lockhart 200 200
Heb Pharmacy 445 100 100
Lockhart Family Medicine 200 200
Lockhart Family Practice Center 200 200

Fayette County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
HEB Pharmacy, La Grange 100 100

Gillespie County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
Hill Country Memorial Hospital 1,200 1,200
HEB Pharmacy 100 100
Walgreens Pharmacy 100 100

Lee County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
Davam Urgent Care   100 100
Pieratt’s Pharmacy 100 100

Llano County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
MidCoast Medical Center-Central 200 200

Mason County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
Frontera Healthcare Network Mason Clinic 100 100

Milam County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
LHD Milam Co. Health Department 500 500
Brookshire’s Pharmacy 100 100

San Saba County

Provider Pfizer Moderna J&J Total
Baylor Scott and White Clinic 100 100

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Texas slated for more than 1 million first doses this week — here’s which Central Texas providers are getting vaccines

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is expected to receive more than one million first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

The near 100,000 dose increase this week comes with the state’s expansion of eligibility to all adults starting Monday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services estimated the expanded eligibility will allow another 8 to 10 million Texans to get a shot, but those shots won’t be immediately available.

DSHS says it is allocating 818,410 doses to 779 providers in 202 counties[2]. More than 200,000 additional first doses will go to pharmacy locations and federally-qualified health centers.

The state is ordering 587,950 doses intended as a second dose.

Texas has given out more than 10 million doses, an increase of 1.2 million in the last week. More than 6.8 million people have received at least one dose, and almost 3.5 million are fully vaccinated. More than 30% of all Texans who are at least 16-years-old have gotten at least one dose.

For seniors in the state, DSHS says more than 60% of them have received one dose, and four in 10 are fully vaccinated.

Central Texas providers expecting doses next week

Here’s a breakdown of providers within the KXAN viewing area that are expected to receive doses from next week’s allotment.

TRAVIS COUNTY – 34,260 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Austin Public Health Austin 12,000 12,000
Austin Regional Clinic – Far West Austin 1,170 1,170
Austin Regional Clinic – South Austin 1,170 1,170
Austin Regional Clinic – Southwest Austin 1,170 1,170
Lake Hills Pharmacy Austin 1,170 1,170
Flu Busters LLC. Austin 300 300
Seton Medical Center Austin Austin 14,040 14,040
Northwest Hills at Davenport Austin 300 300
H-E-B Pharmacy – 12860 US Highway 183 Austin 300 300
H-E-B Pharmacy – 2400 South Congress Avenue Austin 200 200
H-E-B Pharmacy – 2000 Ranch Road 620 S Ste A Austin 100 100
Walgreen’s – 3407 Wells Branch Pkwy Austin 1,170 1,170
Walgreen’s – 2525 W Anderson Ln Austin 1,170 1,170

WILLIAMSON COUNTY – 10,300 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Family Emergency Rooms Cedar Park Cedar Park 6,000 6,000
Curative Medical Associates PA Round Rock 3,000 3,000
Encompass Health of Round Rock Round Rock 100 100
Randall’s Pharmacy – 1400 Cypress Creek Road Cedar Park 100 100
Randall’s Pharmacy – 5721 Williams Drive Georgetown 100 100
Randall’s Pharmacy – 2051 Gattis School Road Round Rock 100 100
H-E-B Pharmacy – 3750 Gattis School Road Round Rock 300 300
H-E-B Pharmacy – 603 Louis Henna Boulevard Round Rock 300 300
H-E-B Pharmacy – 250 University Boulevard Round Rock 300 300

HAYS COUNTY – 3,070 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Dripping Springs Pharmacy Dripping Springs 300 300
Austin Regional Clinic – Kyle Kyle 500 500
Hays Surgery Center Kyle 200 200
Texas State University Student Health Services San Marcos 1,170 1,170
H-E-B Pharmacy – 641 East Hopkins Street San Marcos 300 300
H-E-B Pharmacy – 200 West Hopkins Street San Marcos 300 300
Brookshires Pharmacy – 14100 Ranch Road 12 Unit 2A Wimberley 100 100
Wimberley Pharmacy Wimberley 200 200

BASTROP COUNTY – 2,100 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
A+ Life Style Medical Group Bastrop 2,000 2,000
BMA of Texas Bastrop 100 100

BLANCO COUNTY – 300 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
North Blanco County EMS Blanco 300 100

BURNET COUNTY – 1,770 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
BSW Medical Center Marble Falls Marble Falls 1,170 1,170
H-E-B Pharmacy – 105 South Boundary Street Burnet 300 300
H-E-B Pharmacy – 1503 FM 1431 Marble Falls 300 300

CALDWELL COUNTY – 1,200 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
ASKE Solutions, LLC Lockhart 400 400
BJP Healthcare, LLC Lockhart 100 100
H-E-B Pharmacy – 403 South Colorado Street Lockhart 100 100
Lockhart Family Medicine Lockhart 100 100
Alemu Medical Home Luling 500 500

GILLESPIE COUNTY – 1,200 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Hill Country Memorial Hospital Fredericksburg 1,200 1,200

LEE COUNTY – 500 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Brookshires Pharmacy 37 Giddings 100 100
Davam Urgent Care Giddings 100 100
Giddings State School Giddings 100 100
Pieratt’s Pharmacy Giddings 200 200

LLANO COUNTY – 400 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
HSB Pharmacy Inc Horseshoe Bay 100 100
Corner Drug Llano 100 100
Hill Country Direct Care Llano 200 200

MASON COUNTY – 100 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
Frontera Healthcare Network Mason Clinic Mason 100 100

MILAM COUNTY – 500 doses

Provider City Moderna Pfizer J&J Total
LHD Milam Co Health Dept Cameron 500 500

KXAN Staff

Hundreds of doses headed to least-vaccinated county in Central Texas but will they get used?

SAN SABA, Texas (KXAN) — Rita Jackson likes the slower pace of living in San Saba.

“My neighbors? We help each other all the time. If I can’t do it, they help me and vice versa,” she explained.

The county has a population of roughly 6,000 — but around half that live in the City of San Saba itself. Rita’s husband, Ricky, suffered a serious injury working in Midland-Odessa, so the couple relocated to the small Central Texas town eight years ago.

“He’s on oxygen 24/7,” Jackson explained, talking about Ricky’s high-risk for catching coronavirus. “That’s why I said to him and myself, ‘we need to [get the vaccine] in case, because I don’t want to give it to you. I don’t believe you’d survive.’”

Just like the pace of life in San Saba, the coronavirus spread at a slower rate, too. The county’s first case wasn’t reported until May. State data shows 23 people died, but county management officials told KXAN they believe that number is too high.

“We haven’t really been decimated by COVID,” County Judge Byron Theodosis said. “We have a nursing home here — my mother-in-law is one of the residents — so, of course, we were terrified about what would happen if it went through there. That was our main concern.”

When the vaccine started arriving in other parts of Texas, the judge and other county officials were thrilled. However, for weeks San Saba has ranked as the least-vaccinated county in the State of Texas, per capita.

“We maybe didn’t holler loud enough, because we knew it was coming. It was always still coming. Then we realized, maybe it’s not coming,” said Marsha Hardy, who operates the county’s Emergency Management Division.

That’s when Theodosis and Hardy said their “bad luck” began.

Supply problem, demand problem or just ‘bad luck’?

“We want to get farther down the road, but we are running into bad luck or bureaucracy,” Hardy explained.

First, San Saba officials said they had planned to move the location of their clinic long before the coronavirus ever threatened their community. Unfortunately, that meant their freezers hadn’t been up and running long enough to be eligible to receive the vaccine right away.

“Red tape is always frustrating, when you know the freezers are working and they are not apt to go bad. But regulations are regulations, so we suffered through it. We never were panicky about not getting it,” the judge said.

Then Everett’s Pharmacy, the sold pharmacy in town, saw a months-long delay in getting doses from the federal program in which they had enrolled.

“We applied a long time ago. I want to say it was like September or October we started the process,” said pharmacy manager Joseph DeBons.

Everett’s finally got a shipment of 100 doses in mid-March, and DeBons said the doses went fast.

The pharmacy manager fills prescriptions at San Saba’s sole pharmacy, Everett’s (KXAN Photo/Ben Friberg)

“Set up a little station out front. We had seven ‘bays’ out front, and you sat in your car,” he said. “A lot of patients were very happy we got the Johnson and Johnson single dose.”

Once the doses started arriving, Hardy said they came in inconsistent quantities — making it tough to plan clinics. The logistical problems were amplified when trying to book locations for these clinics — one week a pre-planned school sports event prohibited them from setting up at the local Civic Center, the next week they worried how long lines of cars for the clinic would impede traffic on the main thoroughfare.

With 17.2% of residents receiving at least one vaccine and 6.6% of its residents fully vaccinated, San Saba remains behind all 15 other Central Texas counties in the KXAN viewing area.

Across the state, they moved up to the second-to-last spot for fully vaccinated individuals on Friday, after spending weeks at the bottom of the list. At the top sits Presidio County — home to the state’s art oasis, Marfa, but very similar to San Saba in size. Presidio has fully vaccinated more than 40% of its residents, but state data reveals it has received 4,200 doses of the vaccine.

San Saba has been allocated 1,200, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“You almost want to go, ‘Duh, we know that.’ We’ve been trying. We’ve been doing everything we can think to do,” Hardy said, noting she spends a lot of time each week calling residents personally to line up appointments.

She went on, “We have reached out. We have put out the information. We have talked to every person and dog out there — and we are still doing that.”

When Rita Jackson got the call in mid-March, she hesitated but only for a moment.

“Several people said, ‘It’ll make you sick!’” she said. “They said, ‘No, no, no, don’t get it.’ I said, ‘Well, I need to, because I don’t want my husband to catch it.’”

She signed them both up, and thankfully, neither Jackson experienced serious side effects — aside from a sigh of relief. So, Rita has started encouraging her neighbors.

County officials worry, however, a strong sense of vaccine hesitancy could hinder their efforts.

“For every ten calls I make there are going to two that are, ‘No, thank you. Appreciate it. Take me off your list. Don’t call me again,’” Hardy said. “For the biggest part — now that we’ve done it this long — if they wanted it, they would have called. So, now you are taking the chance you are going to call someone and really tick them off. They don’t want to talk about it.”

With smaller clinics, Hardy said they can manage, but 500 doses of the vaccine are headed to San Saba next week.

Biggest shipment yet

 A spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services explained their public health region was partnering with San Saba County to host a vaccine clinic on Tuesday with the 500 doses.

“It’s something all our regions do from week to week with the rural counties we serve across the state,” the spokesperson said.

Hardy wants to continue to prioritize their own residents and other rural communities like theirs in the Hill Country. Still, she said if any from other counties has struggled to get vaccinated, they could call her at 325-372-8570.

“If we can do 500 — even if it’s not all us and even if we are helping other counties in the area — hey, get a vaccine,” Hardy said.

Judge Theodosis told KXAN he was extremely worried about “misinformation” spreading, and he wants every San Saba resident to speak with their doctor or a reputable medical expert about their decision on the shot.

“I’m afraid we are going to go from not having enough vaccine, to not having enough people to give the vaccine to, if we are not careful,” he said. “If we allow the fearmongers or we allow this to become a political football, the numbers might not get anywhere close to 70 percent.”

The trouble with second doses

At his first clinic, Debons said there were “tensions and questions about side effects” but patients were relieved when they learned which brand they’d be getting — Johnson & Johnson.

“You can tell patients are nervous about it,” he said. “Valid concerns by the patients, but we didn’t have any problems. All 100 went smoothly.”

Hardy said she’s heard the same sentiment — people prefer the Johnson & Johnson one-shot option, and from a logistics perspective, she agrees.

She knows many of their residents qualifying in Phase 1B drove to places like Lubbock or even Austin to try and get the shot back when their allocation was coming more slowly. Now, some of those folks are trying to get their second dose at home in San Saba.

“Nearly all the clinics will tell you, go back to where you had your first shot because they are not set up to do that,” Hardy said.

She noted they have been trying to coordinate second doses with the state for as many locals as they can.

Still, the trouble with second doses and the rocky rollout reveals itself in the numbers. There are a few counties below San Saba when it exclusively to first doses — it’s the “fully vaccinated” statistic where they fall short.

Hardy, however, has hope.

“If we can fill the 500, it will definitely be a turning point.”

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Many Texas seniors still not vaccinated despite 9.7M doses given, Gov. Abbott says

McALLEN, Texas (KTRK) — As Texas expands its eligibility on who gets the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Greg Abbott gave more insight into the statewide efforts to get senior citizens vaccinated.On Thursday, Abbott held a press conference in McAllen to discuss the “Save Our Seniors” initiative.
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SEE ALSO: All Texas adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine next week, state announces[2]Through the program, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and Texas Military Department will work with local jurisdictions to help set up a central drive-thru vaccine clinic in each community or administer directly to homebound seniors.

“These vaccines are working, but there are more seniors who still have yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Abbott as Texas reported some 9.7 million doses have been given.

Abbott announced the program back in February while in Corpus Christi, where he commended the city’s fire department, Meals on Wheels and the city for their success of the senior vaccination program. He also added that the program served as a model for the statewide initiative.

SEE ALSO: UTMB nurses using time off to vaccinate COVID-19 patients who can’t leave their homes[3]

The program began in rural parts of Texas and working to perfect the program and get to places that don’t have COVID-19 access. So far, 19 counties have participated in the program to vaccinate homebound seniors. Now, the goal is to reach more populated counties.Counties who participated in the first round of the program were Aransas, Bastrop, Brewster, Brooks, Brown, Cass, Dallas, Eastland, Freestone, Gray, Hill, Hockley, Hudspeth, Hutchinson, Irion, Lee, McCulloch, Medina, Morris, Panola, Rains, Refugio, Robertson, San Jacinto, Shelby, and Webb.

According to the governor’s website, the counties and cities were selected based on the following data provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services:

  • The state targeted areas with ongoing high hospitalizations
  • The state looked at the number of approved providers serving the area
  • The state took into account areas who reported no more than approximately a third vaccinated for seniors
  • The state took into account total allocations over the previous 12 weeks
  • The state utilized data showing the least vaccinated counties for both 65+ and 75+ administered doses
  • The state focused on allocating vaccine equitably across the state

Now, Hidalgo County will be taking part in the program this week.

It is not yet known when Harris County will be in the program.While next week, more Texans will be eligible to get the vaccine, Abbott said the key focus remains to get the vaccine to seniors.

“Right now we are opening up access to vaccine shots to every adult, I want to double back and reemphasize that our key focus remains on making sure that seniors will be able to gain access to those vaccine shots,” Abbott said.

According to Abbott, anyone who wants to get a vaccine shot should call 211. From there, you will be connected to COVID-19 response, where an operator will then give you the nearest location to get vaccinated.

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