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Demand for boosters on rise in Nacogdoches following CDC approval

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 1:50 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - This was a big day for Deep East Texans wanting a COVID-19 vaccine booster.

Late Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control cleared booster shots of Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines.

Nacogdoches health officials are more than ready to meet the demand.

The Friday vaccine clinic hadn’t been open but an hour. In that time, 63 walk-ins came in without a prior appointment and received a COVID-19 vaccine booster.

Marilyn Griffith and her husband had been watching for the CDC approval all week long.

“That’s exactly what we were doing. This is the eighth month, so we can get our booster,” Griffith said.

“We brought extra vaccine with us today in anticipation of this,” said Michael Self, the emergency management coordinator for the City of Nacogdoches. “And it’s playing out quite well for us.”

The city placed vaccine orders weeks ago.

“We have several thousand doses of Moderna vaccine on hand. And we have a couple thousand of doses of Pfizer on standby,” Self said.

Johnson and Johnson vaccines are on order. CDC advisories tell nurses a mix and match of any three of the vaccines is now allowed.

All this puts minds at ease for pro-vaxxers there for a specific reason.

“To keep myself safe. And to keep my family safe. So, I don’t get the bug,” stated Phil Shroats, who was there to get his booster.

Griffith noted a sense of relief the second after getting the shot in the arm.

“I’m so excited to get this booster,” she said with laughter. “I’m very excited.”

The Friday Nacogdoches vaccine clinic will remain through the end of the year at the city recreation center. If necessary, workers are ready to extend hours and perhaps add a day of service.

It will close the Friday after Thanksgiving, the day before Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Vaccines for children five through 11 are on order, with arrival expected in about two weeks

Vaccine clinics are held at the CL Simon Recreation Center on Friday mornings. Appointments can be made online at tinyurl.com/vacnac or by calling (936) 305-8488. Additional vaccine providers and availability can be found at vaccines.gov.

Please call (936) 800-8027 to make a booster appointment.

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