Healthcare staff, immediate family receive first round of vaccines at Kell West Regional Hospital

Healthcare staff, immediate family receive first round of vaccines at Kell West Regional Hospital

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - 300 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 arrived at Kell West Regional Hospital in late December, those closest to the virus and their immediate family deemed high-risk got it first.

“You know certainly as we start getting more doses then we’ll certainly get them out to the community, that’s our plan,” Jerry Myers MD, the CEO and medical director of Kell West Regional Hospital said.

Now like most clinics, they are waiting on another round.

“We’ve applied just like we did initially and we are just waiting for those doses to come about,” Myers said.

The hospital was not part of the week-three vaccine allocation. Just United Regional and the state hospital were on that list for Wichita County. So far nearly 6,000 doses have been sent to the county and about 2,500 people have gotten their first dose. Myers isn’t worried about not having enough vaccines when it comes time for the second round of shots.

“According to the state, Doctor Hellerstedt, stated that there would be no issue getting the second dose so we hope that’s the case,” Myers said.

Staff at the hospital say getting their shot wasn’t bad at all.

“Directly after, a few days after, my arm hurt for a little bit but really it wasn’t too awfully bad, got my CDC card and that was about it,” Joshua Zabica, a medical laboratory scientist at the hospital said.

He adds it felt like a flu shot.

“I’m feeling great right now and I have full faith with Moderna and Pfizer right now and everything that they are doing,” Zabica said.

Continuing to get more people vaccinated Myers says, is what their focus will be.

“To protect against these viruses we’ve got to vaccinate. That’s the only way to beat this so that’s what we are excited about is,” Myers said.

Those in phase 1-A, meaning health care workers and people in long term care facilities come get the vaccine first. Combined that’s about 12,500 people. Next in line is people over 65 and people over 16 with chronic medical conditions.

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