January 11, 2021
Coryell Health was informed by the state today that we would not be receiving an additional shipment of COVID-19 vaccines this week, and we do not know when or how many we may be receiving.
“In some ways, Coryell Health is lucky to have received the vaccines we have, as sixteen hospitals in Texas have not received any vaccines. Some of those hospitals have been able to benefit by sharing of other hospitals or clinics, but some haven’t any doses for their front line workers,” says Dr. Jeff Bates, Coryell Health Chief Medical Officer, “We are all at the mercy of the state.”
Coryell Health received our first shipment of 600 COVID-19 vaccines on December 23, 2020. Those have been administered by clinics in Gatesville and Goldthwaite to front line health workers and staff, first responders, essential workers and residents of our Coryell Health RehabLiving and Assisted & Independent Living at The Oaks, as well as Hillview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), vaccine distribution will continue to happen in phases, with frontline health care workers being Phase 1 and Phase 2 will focus on increasing the number of doses to critical populations. The general public is expected to get vaccinated beginning in July, according to state health officials.
“Once we receive another shipment, we will implement our distribution plan to offer the vaccine to Phase 2,” adds Dr. Bates. Coryell Health will follow DSHS published immunization guidelines regarding patients who will receive the vaccine first.
If you would like to contact our COVID-19 hotline to be added to the list for the vaccine, please call (254) 248-6381 and follow the prompts for more information. To be the first to receive updates from Coryell Health, please sign up here for our newsletter https://coryellhealth.org/resources/subscribe-to-our-newsletter/.
Towns with hospitals that have not received vaccine shipment: Borger, Graham, Muenster, Rankin, Sonora, Yoakum, Taylor, Rice, Chambers, Brenham, Glen Rose, Eden, Lampasas, Crockett, Anson, and Haskell