United Regional releases statement regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution

United Regional releases statement regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Untied Regional’s Emergency Department is being filled with people who would like to be tested for coronavirus. (Source: United Regional Health Care System Facebook page)

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - United Regional has released the following statement regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution:

United Regional received an additional allotment of 1,775 COVID vaccinations last week, which are currently being distributed according to the guidelines from the State. We are working in coordination with Clinics of North Texas (CNT), Electra Memorial Hospital, and the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District (Health Department) – all of whom have also received vaccines from the State – to offer the vaccine to other Wichita County health care workers with direct patient contact. This includes health care entities who have not been directly allocated vaccines from the State (e.g., independent physician offices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health, etc.).

At this time, we are also making the vaccine available to currently established patients of United Regional Physician Group Primary Care who are 75 years of age or older. These are patients who have seen their URPG Primary Care Provider (PCP) within the past twelve (12) months (excluding visits to the CarePlus walk-in clinic). We are targeting a similar segment within our Transition Clinic, to help ensure that those who are most susceptible within our community are provided an opportunity for the vaccine. Eligible patients are being contacted directly by phone, text, email and/or MyChart with an invitation (and related instructions) to schedule an appointment.

We expect to receive additional doses in the coming weeks, although we have not been provided any details (e.g., we don’t know when). As additional doses become available, we will continue to work through State prioritized groups (i.e., 1A, 1B), reaching out directly to eligible individuals in a systematic fashion; we are not utilizing a wait list at this time. We are trying to follow the State’s direction to get “shots in arms,” while also preventing patients from showing up only to find we’ve run out of available vaccines.

We are not currently planning a public “drive-thru” (or “line forms here”) COVID vaccination clinic. That may or may not come later, as vaccines become more widely available and the State broadens its direction to include the general public. The Health Department is taking the lead on distributing vaccines to the general public, and we will support their efforts as needed.

We strongly encourage our community to research the safety and efficacy of the vaccination in order to make an informed personal decision.

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