WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Wichita County health authorities are partnering together to make COVID-19 vaccines available to Wichita County residents.
The Wichita County Public Health District, the Community Healthcare Center and the North Texas State Hospital are all working together to administer 975 leftover doses of the Pfizer vaccine, to residents who are on the county’s waitlist.
“We’re able to use those doses that were allocated to the state hospital that they can’t use for the benefit of our community so yes I’m very excited about that,” said Lou Kreidler, Wichita County Public Health District Director.
The North Texas State Hospital received both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines from the state, but once those shot were given to staff and faculty, the hospital still had 975 unused Pfizer doses left.
“I realized they probably had more vaccines than they were going to be able to locally dispense,” said Woody Gossom, Wichita County Judge.
The hospital along with Judge Gossom worked together to put those remaining doses to good use.
“The Director of the North Texas State Hospital he called down to Austin he did get permission to keep the Pfizer shots the Moderna they would probably reallocate to other state residential facilities,” said Gossom.
However, not everyone on the county’s waiting list of around 4,000 residents will be able to receive a shot, and those who are on it must meet certain guidelines.
“Those type of individuals are in 1A anyone that works in healthcare and those other categories, 1B are those individuals who are over the age of 65 or those under the age of 65 that have a preexisting health condition,” said Kreidler.
The Wichita County Public Health District says if you are on the list you need to keep your phone nearby so you can make an appointment when health officials call.
As for those still wanting to get a shot, their information can be added for future vaccination clinics.
To find out more information on Wichita County vaccination clinic’s waitlist, visit their website