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COVID-19 vaccine team starts summer job in Nacogdoches

Published: Jun. 16, 2021 at 3:55 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 7:59 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The COVID-19 vaccine team is in full operation in Nacogdoches. The city and county hired SFA nursing students to staff summer vaccination efforts.

Every Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. the newly formed team will be at work at the Nacogdoches public library. Walk-ins are welcomed to come by.

Emergency management worked out a contract with SFA to pay the students. But talk to these future nurses and right away it’s understood the real pay is experience and service.

“I think the paycheck kinda comes second,” said nursing student Katie Aldridge. “It’s moreso the work feels very valuable.”

Today a steady flow of vaccine recipients showed up. But these providers aren’t counting.

“We could just have one person that day and that one person makes a difference in the vaccination and the whole purpose of what we’re trying to do,” said team member Makayla Powell.

The team will go to businesses, but today Pilgrim’s Pride transported employees to them.

According to Tangela Beckard, company incentives helped make minds up.

“It took me a while to think about getting it, but I finally made my mind up to go ahead and receive the shot.”

As did 19-year-old Matthew Adams, back for his second dose. He’s there not so much for himself, but others.

“Probably the good of the community. I am younger, but I did have COVID,” shared Adams.

And he doesn’t wish that on anyone.

Changing attitudes are noticed by the vaccine team.

“I think they’re just more willing to talk and versus before, it was no or yes,” observed SFA student America Evarra.

Brandon Moorman is anxious to serve his hometown of Douglass.

“A bunch of people are hesitant, and we can just go and spread some good solid information with them.”

There’s an ample supply of all three vaccine types. The team is anxious to go wherever they’re requested.

Thursday, June 17 the vaccine team will be at the Antioch Baptist Church. Next week, Etoile is on the calendar. In July, the team will join a visit from the Mexican Consulate.

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