Requests for more COVID-19 vaccines continue in Wichita Falls

Requests for more COVID-19 vaccines continue in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - 246 people in Wichita County have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and thousands more have taken the first.

At the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health District all 500 of their doses have been used. Like many other clinics they’ve requested more from the state, but when they are expected to arrive is uncertain.

“We don’t even know that we are going to get vaccines until a day or two before, this time we found out a couple of hours before,” Amy Fagan, assistant director of the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health District said.

At this point they’re planning ahead to make sure when its time to distribute a vaccine to the masses, its done safely.

“The state is responsible for that roll out process and we are working as a community to make sure that people are taken care of in a manor that is best for all of them,” Fagan said.

Like the health district, who used up their doses Tuesday, The Clinics of North Texas is also out.

“We’ve applied for more but its unclear when we’ll get more vaccines,” Dr. C.J. Wolinski, who works in occupational medicine at the Clinic said.

United Regional announced in a statement Thursday they’ve received another 1,775 doses. In the statement it says they are working with others:

“To offer the vaccine to other Wichita County health care workers with direct patient contact”.

Dr. Wolinski makes it clear vaccines cannot be shared.

“We are working in conjunction to work with each other, and who needs those vaccines, but we can’t take any of their vaccines and they can’t take any of our vaccines,” Dr. Wolinski said.

United Regional denied our request to speak with a representative about today’s statement.

As more vaccines become available the health department stands ready to distribute. They’ve already got over 2,500 people signed up for the wait list.

“We don’t want people congregated together, we don’t want people in lines next to each other, we want to make sure that not only are we offering the vaccine but that we are doing it in a manner that is safe for the public and is efficient as possible,” Dr. Wolinski said.

While the vaccine has brought a sense of relief that the pandemic’s end is near, daily and weekly cases continue to hit new records. The county’s ability to contact trace Amy Fagan says, is getting even harder.

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