WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Community Healthcare Center will be offering Moderna vaccines in a free drive-thru clinic at the J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center on Tuesday.
As COVID-19 vaccines continue to become plentiful in Wichita Falls, the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District waitlist numbers continue to dwindle each week.
This is leaving the county and the Texas Department of State Health and Human Services sending shots to community members that have been asking for them for months.
“There’s people who are kind of on the fence. There’s the ‘no I’m not taking that vaccine’ and so I think what we’re seeing is the very first two phases are probably pretty well exhausted,” said Amy Fagan, Assistant Director Wichita County Public Health District.
The health district has 250 leftover Moderna vaccines from last week’s allocation that they hope to give out this week.
“As of this morning we only had 168 people on the list who signed up over the weekend and so we won’t have enough to exhaust those doses,” said Fagan.
The health district has 19,500 individuals fully vaccinated which may be why appointment numbers continue to decline, forcing leftover doses to sit in freezers and others to be given away to community partners.
“We had planned on doing a drive-thru clinic tomorrow for the 400 doses but then we had 400 more,” said Allen Patterson, CEO Community Healthcare Center.
The center also received shots from United Regional, making a total of 800 shots ready to go in arms on Tuesday.
“This is the first time we’re just openly saying ‘yeah, whether you’re our patient or not just come on in let’s get you vaccinated,’” said Patterson.
Community Healthcare Center already has 450 appointments booked for the drive-thru clinic, something that doesn’t surprise health district staff.
“If they have a medical home then that’s where their going to go for their medical care, that includes vaccines. It’s just probably the same place you would go for your flu shot. Or the same place you’d go for any other vaccine. Some people just have a desire to be with people they trust and know,” said Fagan.
The clinic adds they do accept walk-ins but scheduling will ensure a vaccine slot.
“If you plan on attending the vaccine clinic tomorrow, please download and print our vaccine paperwork that is located on our website under the appointment’s tab.”
To download the required paperwork, you can click here.