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Waco-McLennan County Public Health District to hold vaccination clinic, Texas DSHS announces vaccination hub providers

The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 234 providers this week.

That includes 28 hub providers that will focus on large community vaccination efforts as Texas vaccinates health care workers, people 65 and older and those with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

The Vaccine Hub Providers list for the week of Jan. 11 includes Bell County Public Health District with 3900 doses. Ascension Providence Hospital will also receive 1,500 doses, according to the list.

The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District has received 1,500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as part of the of the State’s Vaccination Hub program.

The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District announced a free vaccination clinic for eligible people in Phases 1A and 1B is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 12th at the Waco Convention Center (100 Washington Avenue in Waco).

The clinic will run until all doses of this shipment of the vaccine have been administered. Online registration will open today HERE.

“If you are unable to register online, please call (254) 750-1890 for assistance. A call center is available from 12:15 p.m. to 6 p.m., today and will continue to operate throughout the week for help with registration, questions, and concerns,” the Waco McLennan Public Health District said.

The Waco-McLennan Public Health District vaccination clinic is by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accepted. If appointments are full, you may text the word ‘vaccine’ to 22828 and provide your email address to be notified of our next shipment of vaccines.

Phase 1A includes front-line health care workers. Phase 1B includes people 65 and older or people 16 and older with a medical condition that increases risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

“Please note that this clinic will offer the Moderna vaccine, which is only available for people 18 years of age and older,” the Waco-McLennan Public Health District said.

DSHS says Texas hub providers will receive 158,825 doses of vaccine based on the number of people each provider estimated it could serve in a week.

An additional 38,300 doses will go to other providers to continue vaccination in communities statewide.

Providers in 104 counties will receive vaccine shipments this week, bringing the cumulative number of counties to 222. Vaccine has been administered to residents of all 254 Texas counties.

In addition to the vaccine outlined above, Texas will reserve 121,875 doses for the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care program. This completes the first doses the state has been required to set aside, freeing up that much more vaccine to be shipped to providers each week in the future. Texas providers will also receive about 500,000 doses intended as the second dose for people first vaccinated a few weeks ago.

“Vaccine remains limited based on the capacity of the manufacturers to produce it, so it will take time for Texas to receive enough vaccine for all the people in the priority populations who want to be vaccinated. The supply is expected to increase in the coming months, and additional vaccines are in clinical trials and may be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration,” the statement said.

People can find more information on COVID-19 vaccine at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx.

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