NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Thursday night 1000 people are one step closer to being protected from COVID-19. They received the first dosage of the Moderna vaccine in Nacogdoches. This after their doctors notified them on short notice about today’s vaccine clinic.
Organizers are wanting to build confidence with the state for conducting well-run vaccine clinics.
In less than a week’s time Nacogdoches physicians notified their most vulnerable patients. The message-- take the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Frank Ross, a stroke recovery patient, got a call out of the blue.
“I have a pulmonologist and they called me last week and they said that they were putting together a list. I said, well, put me on the list.”
The names were selected quickly. The state health department notified Nacogdoches County late last week to say 1000 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine could be delivered if providers can see that it’s efficiently dispersed.
“We had to act quickly,” said Nacogdoches County Judge Greg Sowell. “We had to act as efficiently and equitable as we could. And we felt at that point that the physicians off of their patients rolls and their medical records would know who their most vulnerable patients are.”
Organizers say a pro-active move is to notify your Nacogdoches physician why you want and need a vaccine. Similar clinics based on physician selection may be held.
Those over 65 years old facing cancer, lung disease, and diabetes struggled to the door.
Shirley Jackson, a COVID-19 Recipient explained her reason for attending.
“To help to keep from spreading stuff and also to help me live a little longer.”
But not everyone who needed and wanted the vaccine were called.
There is confusion as to why some doctors called, while others didn’t.
“We’re working through that,” said Sowell. “The demand far outweighs the supply.”
But each time the state is shown that thousands of doses can be administered more clinics could follow.
Dorothy Lorece Kelley is glad she got a notification call.
“I feel like I am protected, but I also feel like other people that I’m around that I am not going to give something to somebody else and to cause them sickness or death.”
Recipients will be called back for their second round of vaccine in February.