CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/23/2021

HELLO

MISD sees decline in COVID-19 cases

From the MNM with my thanks. 

EMAIL ADDRESS FOR MARSHALL-HARRISON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT: At times they have vaccine shipments. Get on their waiting list. Email better than telephone. 

https://mhchd.org/ and click on the sign up for a COVID 19 Vaccine link

FROM THE LONGVIEW PAPER WHICH IS INCLUDED WITH MNM SUBSCRIPTION:

Gregg County applies to become COVID-19 vaccine hub

TWO ARTICLES ON MUTATIONS:

1. Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 Lineage — United States, December 29, 2020–January 12, 2021 (MMWR) Modeling data indicate that B.1.1.7 has the potential to increase the U.S. pandemic trajectory in the coming months. CDC’s system for genomic surveillance and the effort to expand sequencing will increase the availability of timely U.S. genomic surveillance data. The increased transmissibility of the B.1.1.7 variant warrants universal and increased compliance with mitigation strategies, including distancing and masking. Higher vaccination coverage might need to be achieved to protect the public. Genomic sequence analysis through the National SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance program will enable a targeted approach to identifying variants of concern in the United States. 

(J. Harris:  “Genomic sequence analysis” means that we have the ability to analyze the genetic material, including genes and DNA to determine the composition and identify the structure of the various mutations of the Covid-19 viruses as they mutate and spread. Then we can track the types of nuisances that they make of themselves and figure out how to kill or control them.)

2. Emerging Coronavirus Variants May Pose Challenges to Vaccines (New York Times) The steady drumbeat of reports about new variants of the coronavirus — first in Britain, then in South Africa, Brazil and the United States — have brought a new worry: Will vaccines protect against these altered versions of the virus? The answer so far is yes, several experts said in interviews. But two small new studies, posted online Tuesday night, suggest that some variants may pose unexpected challenges to the immune system, even in those who have been vaccinated — a development that most scientists had not anticipated seeing for months, even years.

(J. Harris: We need to get as many people vaccinated as we can as soon as we can. If the mutants become less susceptible to the vaccines, we’ll worry about it then. Antibiotics and antibodies will be found that will control and kill the pests, and watchful governmental/medical agencies will be “toned up” to prevent future pandemics.)

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Everythig Is Political

1/22/2021

The 21 January story in the Washington Post caught my eye.  I immediately thought “Another dumb decision by some  bureaucrat.” My second thought was, “That person’s head should roll.”

I worked for the Navy for 32 years.  One to the Navy traditions is that managers must be held responsible for bad decisions.  It seemed like a simple thing to find the highest level person that decided to move the National Guard to a parking garage.and take action after a review of the situation.  It seems like something that could be quick and simple.

When it dawned on me that in the United States of America in 2021 nothing is simple. It’s all political.

For starters this story was reported by the Washington Post and on CNN.  For four years Trump has been brainwashing people to believe that everything in the Washington Post is “fake news” and cannot be believed.  That means 30% of the people in the country will not believe the story.  This leaves only the Democrats, the Independents, and Mitt Romney  to believe the story.

I must admit I was wrong once more.  Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy, rested after trying to overturn the last election, decided that it was time to blame the Democrats since they had been in power for a day.  Ok, let me cut him some slack – they have been in power for a day and a half.

Using our government’s official form of communications, Twitter, Mr. McCarfthy blamed Democrat Nancy Pelosi for ordering the National Guard into the parking garage.

I have never thought of Mr. McCarthy is a mental giant but surely he knows that the Secretary of Defense  does not report to the Speaker of the House and the National Guard is in the Department of Defense’s org chart.

To be perfectly fair to Mr. McCarthy, I am not sure Speaker Pelosi knows that the Secretary of Defense does not report to her.  After all she did call the Joint Chief of Staff to express her concerns about Donald What’s His Name having the nuclear codes. Fortunately, What’s His Name no longer has a football and only carries golf balls these days.

Hell – after listening to many members of the House of Representatives speak,  I feel fairly confident that fewer than 10% of them know the Secretary of Defence does not report to the Speaker of the House.  Let me make one correction.  Since more women joined Congress after the last election, let me say now 15% of the Representatives know that the Department of Defense does not report to the Speaker. 

Since some of you might feel I am being a little hard on McCathy and Pelosi, I would like to conclude by saying that Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Mitch McConnell have outlived their useful service life and should be put out to pasture with Pelosi and McCarthy.  It’s  time for them all to develop an exit strategy if one of them  knows what an exit plan is.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/22/2021

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/22/2021

1/22/2021

HOPKINS RECOMMENDS

1. Eli Lilly Says Its Monoclonal Antibody Prevented Covid-19 Infections in Clinical Trial (STAT News) Eli Lilly said Thursday that its monoclonal antibody prevented Covid-19 infections in nursing home residents and staff in a clinical trial, the first time such a treatment has been shown to prevent infection. Lilly released the results in a press release, although it said that it would publish the data in a research paper as quickly as possible.

2. Current, Deadly U.S. Coronavirus Surge Has Peaked, Researchers Say (NPR) The devastating fall and winter wave of coronavirus infections that is causing so much misery across the U.S. appears to have finally peaked, according to several researchers who are closely tracking the virus. While another surge remains possible, especially with new, more infectious variants on the horizon, the number of new daily infections in the current wave appears to have hit a high in the past week or two and has been steadily declining in most states since, the researchers say. 

3. Factors Associated With US Public Motivation to Use and Distribute COVID-19 Self-tests (JAMA Network Open) We found that the majority of survey participants were motivated to distribute COVID-19 self-test kits and to use self-test kits. Motivation is a prerequisite for voluntary behavior,5 and our findings suggest that the secondary distribution of COVID-19 self-test kits may be associated with increased test uptake and case detection. However, individuals with lower socioeconomic status reported lower motivation and may be less likely to distribute test kits and self-test; behavioral interventions may help increase motivation in this population.

4. Drop in Vaccination Causes Surge in Global Measles Cases, Deaths (JAMA Network) Failure to vaccinate children against measles has led to a 556% surge in the number of reported cases and a 50% increase in deaths from the disease since 2016, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Although global measles vaccination efforts have saved an estimated 25.5 million lives since 2000, a joint report from the WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that the worldwide proportion of individuals protected by at least 1 shot of the 2-shot measles vaccine increased from 72% in 2000 to 84% in 2010 but it has since plateaued at about 85%.

 DON’T TAKE YOUR FLU SHOT TOO EARLY (Waning vaccine effectiveness against influenza-associated hospitalizations among adults, 2015-2016 to 2018-2019, US Hospitalized Adult Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network):

“…. Maximum VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS was observed shortly after vaccination, followed by an absolute decline in VE of about 8 to 9% per month. Rate of decline was similar across influenza subtypes. Among older adults, we observed a slightly faster rate of decline of 10 to 11% per month. 

“The public health implications of these findings warrant closer examination because even a 1-2 month delay in annual vaccination could improve VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS by 10 to 20%. If such an approach does not encroach on the annual influenza season, delay vaccine delivery, or reduce vaccine uptake, it could lead to appreciable gains in public health benefits given the large burden of influenza morbidity and mortality annually in the US. 

(J. Harris: Around here usually late Sept./Oct. is a good time for Flu shot, most years. Your doctor can advise you.)

Texas School Covid Totals are Much Improved 

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/21/2021

FROM THE MARSHALL NEW MESSENGER:

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd to take part in COVID-19 treatment trial

(J. Harris: The Christus hospitals in Marshall and Longview have treated many Covid patients. They are now entering a medical study group to try out additional

therapy, some of which they have used in the past. Christus-Marshall has an active Covid ward and are doing a nice job.)

VACCINES PROTECT AGAINST THE “B 17” MUTATION

Experts say it’s possible some of the new variants may not respond as well to existing vaccines as other forms of the virus. But they stress that the vaccines generate incredibly robust immune responses, so they can withstand some drop in their potency without losing their ability to protect people against Covid-19…Eventually, it’s expected the virus could pick up enough significant mutations that vaccine makers will need to update their immunizations, a process that experts say would likely take a matter of weeks to months, not years….Eventually, it’s expected the virus could pick up enough significant mutations that vaccine makers will need to update their immunizations, a process that experts say would likely take a matter of weeks to months, not years.

(J. Harris: In years to come, we may need Covid booster vaccinations, just like we do with Flu which also mutates from place to place and from time to time.

Maybe a Flu + Covide  Vaccine might be formulated. For now, TAKE YOUR COVID VACCINATION AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA TO YOUR AGE GROUP.)

OTHER HOPKINS RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. Crowded ICUs Tied to Higher Risk of COVID-19 Death (CIDRAP) COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) at US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals during peak coronavirus patient surges were twice as likely to die than those treated during low-demand periods, an observational study published today in JAMA Network Open suggests.

2. Panel: China, WHO Should Have Acted Quicker to Stop Pandemic (AP) A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner.

3. Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Works Just as Well Against Variant First Detected in U.K., Study Indicates (STAT News) The Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech appears to work just as well against a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom as it does against earlier forms of the pathogen, the companies reported in a study Wednesday.

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Democracy

Democracy

By George Smith

Democracy is a cool word: It means, simply, the power in government rests with the people.

Many people believe that to be true. Well, actually, the United States is a democratic socialist republic, which is akin to a democracy, but with more of a “friends with benefits” arrangement.

America in the most recent past was shaping itself into a plutocracy (government by the wealthy) and, the last four years, was leaning toward an autocracy (one person in charge). President Donald Trump, backed by his legislative allies and the Supreme Court ruling that corporations were ‘people’ and could spend as much money as they could afford on political candidates and issues, put into place a take-no-prisoners  form of government.

“My wish, my want, my way” was his unspoken Oval Office mantra.

Plutocracy, in its basic form, is inherently bad. It is the ruling of a government by the wealthy class. It is the government of the day in this nation, the government that is making decisions for you and me. Our government is ruled by rich individuals and corporations who push massive amounts of money into the political process in order to control it.

And control it, “they” do. It is a fact that elected federal officials spend more time raising money for their next political race than they do working for the citizens they represent. 

We have a distinct separation of the “common” folk in this country and the privileged class; a majority of those money-holders are making sure that the division between the two classes remains a vast chasm, an ever-growing chasm, with the economically middle and lower class perpetually falling lower on societal’s financial ladder.

During the past year, as COVID-19 devastated lives and the economy, the wealthiest citizens gained more wealth; new billionaires popped up like daisies after a spring shower.

The foundation of this country was laid by the mental, financial and physical labors of highly educated (for the time) men, all  landholders and relatively wealthy individuals who wanted to control their own destiny. The foundation was solidified by these believers in freedom joining forces with Everyman, all believers in the limitless opportunities this country had to offer.

Over the past 250 years or so, there have been shifts in the individual political power bases of the legislative and executive branches of government, but, mostly,  elected leaders tried to work together to ensure that the main principle on which this country took root — “…that all men were created equal…” and maintaining certain freedoms — were sacrosanct. (Women and people of color were afterthoughts then, and to various degrees, are still in that category today.)

Now, due to the philosophical divisions inside both political parties, and the amount of rabid anti-themism exploding from the “Far Left is Best” attack bullies of the Democratic Party and the ultra-conservative, “white-is-right” arm in the Republican Party, the gap between common sense and senseless partisanship is as wide as any time in our history.

The Republican Party is being held captive by a bevy of radicals (some newbies and some old hats trying to stay in power), a corps of Trumpuppet aginners elected on platforms of hate and division. These professional naysayers have pledged to run the country’s fiscal future and global standing aground rather than work for compromise on key issues: pandemic response, education, continued economic recovery, deficit and debt, hand-up funds for the nation’s poor and disadvantaged, the future of foreign aid, immigration reform and right-to-vote issues.

On the other side of the aisle, young representatives joined with long-time socialist advocate Bernie Sanders to demand reforms in climate change, gun laws, introduction of specific socialistic programs, open borders and equality — in human rights and opportunity, but even when the “right” has not been earned or is not fiscally practical.

No longer does the art of compromise have a prominent place in political discourse; the legislative miracles accomplished with Republican Ronald Reagan and Democrat Tim O’Neill are ancient history. President Bill Clinton, despite his personal problems in the White House, built a legacy of compromise with Republicans via the passage of the bipartisan welfare reform act and the bill that unregulated the financial institution (not the best piece of legislation to pass but it was a “compromise”.) Under Clinton, a “free-spending Democrat”, our government had its last budget surplus.

Clinton was not a political chameleon as many opponents charged, then and now; he was a civil rights liberal and a fiscal conservative…perhaps the last of that particular political species we will see in our lifetime. More of his ilk (politically speaking, not on a personal level) is needed.

In a positive political environment, Republicans and Democrats prosper, as both sides use compromise as a way to get at least part of the individual parties’  (and individual lawmakers’) agenda enacted. 

In today’s heated environment, which is a buttress of pettiness, rock-hard immovable stances on key issues and political division, rancor and bully-boy tactics is commonplace. Civility is something found only in a dictionary; bile and bitterness flows down the aisles of both houses of Congress like stagnant wastewater.

As a people, we are into using “labels” for individuals and ideas rather than looking  at different ways to build a coalition embracing different views to form the basis of compromise legislation.

The overall political picture is further clouded by deep-pocket lobbying groups and special interests that back candidates based on single-issue stances rather than what is the best pathway for the country.

In a word, the present political melting pot is a mess of unappetizing ingredients, heated over a coal-fire of personal dislike, whiney-baby rhetoric and further fueled by our elected officials afraid of being removed from office by a demanding constituency that puts short-term interests over long-term national gains.

Is it too late to stop the slide that could end up with America as a non-player on the global scene? It is not too late. We have a new start with this new president.

But with the specter of Donald Trump hovering over the landscape, with the festering divisions and red-hot political rhetoric heating up social media, with our present crop of ME-in-the-spotlight legislators, and with no way to get them out of the way sans term limits, the present is looking more and more like the future.

Only we, the voters, can change it. The question is: Do WE have the will, the courage, the determination to say, ‘Enough!”

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/20/2021

The effect of early treatment with ivermectin on viral load, symptoms and humoral response in patients with non-severe COVID-19: A pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial

Among patients with non-severe COVID-19 and no risk factors for severe disease receiving a single 400 mcg/kg dose of Ivermectin within 72 h of fever or cough onset there was no difference in the proportion of PCR positives. There was, however, a marked reduction of self-reported anosmia/hyposmia, a reduction of cough and a tendency to lower viral loads and lower IgG titers which warrants assessment in larger trials.

(J. Harris: Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug not infrequently used in many third world countries for almost anything. The above study of young folks, sick for 3 days, showed only that the treated groups recovered their sense of smell faster in those patients who had lost it. More studies will be done, but Ivermectin is not a “cure all” and probably shouldn’t be used until additional better organized larger studies, are performed that include  lder and sicker patients. If I had some ivermectin, however, I wouldn’t throw it away, but I am told it is not available in the US at this time.)

Biden unveils $1.9 trillion relief package: 10 things to know

(J. Harris: Several of the items are concerned with Covid. Brief article and easily to read).

How effective is a single vaccine dose against Covid-19?

J. Harris: This is a long but excellent, readable article that reviews all the vaccines in use over the world and discusses the efficiency of one injection vs two and other factors involved in acquiring immunity. Perhaps, the best advice includes continued Covid Caution after receiving the vaccines. 

Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than White Americans

“We have to dig deep, go the old-fashioned way with flyers, with neighbors talking to neighbors, with pastors talking to their church members…“Those with time, computer systems and transportation are going to get vaccines more than other folks — that’s just the reality of it…”

J. Harris: A readable article about the current and historical need to encourage Black, Hispanic, and less well-educated folks of all races to sign up and obtain vaccinations. 

J. Harris: School data sometimes reported weekly. The above chart is made with  12 January data.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/19/2021

GOOD EDITORIAL STRONGLY RECOMMENTKG TAKING THE VACCINE AND WHY. CLICK ATTACHMENT

Can you travel to another county in Texas for a COVID-19 vaccine?

  Yes.

People across Texas who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can travel to another county in which they don’t reside for inoculation…Douglas Loveday, a spokesman for Texas Department of State Health Services, said the focus for providers remained people who fall under Phase 1A and 1B, which includes “our frontline healthcare workers, people over 65 years of age and those 16 years and older who have an underlying condition that would lead to a severe illness or death if infected with COVID-19….There is no residency requirement to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas,” Loveday said. “Vaccine is still limited, so people should first visit the websites of vaccine providers for information or call to see if vaccine is available and to set up an appointment.

This Common Household Cleaner Was Just Proven to Kill COVID, EPA Says

(J. Harris: A certain Norwegian housekeeper who I have enjoyed  for 54 years sent 

me this. Of course, you don’t drink or inject it.)

WHICH FLU HOT SHOULD ELDERLY PEOPLE TAKE?

(J. Harris: It doesn’t matter. Both work. No difference in side effects.)

REPEAT ARTICLE

SARS-CoV-2 Transmission From People Without COVID-19 Symptoms

“… transmission from asymptomatic individuals was estimated to account for more than half of all transmissions. In addition to identification and isolation of persons with symptomatic COVID-19, effective control of spread will require reducing the risk of transmission from people with infection who do not have symptoms. These findings suggest that measures such as wearing masks, hand hygiene, social distancing, and strategic testing of people who are not ill will be foundational to slowing the spread of COVID-19 until safe and effective vaccines are available and widely used.”

(J. Harris: This is why EVERYONE needs to wear a mask and distance and wash–including CHILDREN)

Click here to read: ‘We’re underselling the vaccine

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/18/2021

HELLO: Area counts have gone up. Our case counts in Harrison County have continued to rise over the last two weeks. I’m afraid to look at the deaths. 

Below is some Jan 17 Data taken from THE TEXAS TRIBUNE  who look at most of their data over TWO WEEK INTERVALS which helps normalize inconsistent and inaccurate reporting:

The chart below shows current area data from TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. Notice that our 17 January counts were higher than those of Gregg and Smith Counties despite their larger populations and more frequent and intensive Covid testing. We apparently are doing some 

things very wrong in Harrison County.

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Poetic column

Poetic column

By George Smith — 1/18/2021

We know which way Trump’s cult leans
Mindless, brainless, feckless fiends
They believe all his lies
Breaking all rational ties
As they create regular chaotic scenes

What is awaiting ahead of us?
Do we still fight, scream and cuss?
What really lies ahead?
Will democracy be dead?
Any rational subjects to discuss?

We’ll see the future before too long
Let’s stand together and be strong
Learn from the past
Build our nation to last
Let’s make “rights” from all the “wrongs”

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/16/2021

Some data from 1/15 is not available today at noon. See chart.

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ALL I KNOW RIGHT NOW ABOUT AREA  AVAILABLE VACCINES:

WHERE TO GET VACCINATIONS 1/16/21 SOME OLD, SOME NEW

1.     CHRISTUS IN MARSHALL WILL NOT LIKELY HAVE MORE VACCINATIONS UNTIL A BIG HUB IS ESTABLISHED IN MARSHALL IN ANOTHER FACILITY (LIKE THE CIVIC CENTER?). THIS WILL HAPPEN WHEN SUPPLIES OF VACCINE ARE  AVAILABLE. NO NEED TO CALL THEM.

2.    VACCINATION SITES IN HARRISON COUNTY, TX VACCINATION SITES IN HARRISON COUNTY, TX:            

               SUPER 1 PHARMACY ON HWY 59       903 938 3096                                                      

          HALLSVILLE BROOKSHIRE PHARMACY 903 668 1409                                  

3.    HARRISON COUNTY TEXAS HEALTH DEPT– 903 938 8338—THEY ARE STILL SCHEDULING A LIMITED NUMBER OF VACCINATIONS WHEN THEY HAVE MEDS. KEEP CALLING.

4.    CHECK ON FACEBOOK FOR COUNTY  DETAILS, ALSO CHECK JUDGE CHAD SIMS ON FACEBOOK. HARRISON COUNTY TEXAS HEALTH DEPT. 903 938 8338—CHECK ON FACE OOK FOR DETAILS, ALSO CHECK JUDGE CHAD SIMS ON FACEBOOK.             

5.    TEXAS VACCINATION INFORMATION  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW RE VAC. IN TX      

COVID-19 Vaccine Information TEXAS  

6.    SOME ARE DRUG STORE NUMBERS: 

    A. KSLA.com.  HAS SOME SHV NUMBERS 

  B. LGV NUMBERS:  BROOKSHIRES ON GILMER RD. LONGVIEW 903-297-6963, SUPER ONE ON HWY.80 LONGVIEW 903-753-1964, SUPER ONE ON HIGH ST. LONGVIEW 903-234-2785, AND BROOKSHIRES IN WHITEOAK, 200 W.US80, 903-297-2785, LOUIS MORGAN #4 IN LONGVIEW 110 JOHNSTON ST. 903-730-6580

7.    TWO HUB VACCINE SOURCES IN TYLER: 

 NORTH EAST TEXAS HEALTH    (A GREAT WEB SITE FOR E. TX.)                 

NORTHEAST TEXAS PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT WILL BE DISTRIBUTING VACCINE TO ANYONE WHO QUALIFIES REGARDLESS OF COUNTY OF RESIDENCE. NET HEALTH CEO GEORGE ROBERTS SAID THE HEALTH DISTRICT WILL BE HOSTING VACCINE DRIVE-THRU CLINICS AT HARVEY CONVENTION CENTER IN TYLER EVERY WEEK BASED ON AN APPOINTMENT AND WAITING LIST SYSTEM. TO BECOME A PART OF THE WAITING LIST, VISIT nethealthcovid19.org.

THE DRIVE-THRU VACCINATIONS BEGAN LAST FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AND THE NEXT EVENT WILL LIKELY BE THIS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST BE THE FIRST CALLED ON AN APPOINTMENT. 

THE SECOND HUB IN TYLER IS UT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT TYLER: I DON’T KNOW WHEN THIS HUB WILL START DISTRIBUTING VACCINE.

THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES SAID THAT THIS WEEK MOST COVID-19 VACCINES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO LARGE SITES AROUND THE STATE TO VACCINATE MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE. THE GOAL IS TO PROVIDE MORE PEOPLE WITH THE VACCINE AND AN EASIER WAY TO SIGN UP FOR AN APPOINTMENT. 

ALL PHASE 1A AND 1B INDIVIDUALS ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A VACCINE AT THESE HUBS, NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE.

PHASE 1A INCLUDES FRONT-LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND RESIDENTS AT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES, WHILE PHASE 1B INCLUDES PEOPLE OVER 65 OR WITH A CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITION THAT PUTS THEM AT INCREASED RISK FOR SEVERE ILLNESS FROM COVID‑19.

PEOPLE SHOULD NOT SHOW UP TO A HUB IF THEY DON’T HAVE AN APPOINTMENT. PROVIDERS ARE FOCUSING ON VACCINATING AREAS AND POPULATIONS HARDEST HIT BY COVID‑19, DSHS SAID. 

ACCORDING TO THE STATE, VACCINE SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED BUT MORE SUPPLY IS COMING EVERY WEEK. 

FOR WEEK FIVE OF THE VACCINE ALLOCATION, NET HEALTH AND UT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT TYLER EACH RECEIVED 1,500 DOSES OF THE VACCINE. 

APPOINTMENTS ARE FULL AT UT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT TYLER, BUT UT HEALTH EAST TEXAS SAID FRIDAY THAT OFFICIALS WILL PUBLICIZE THE NEXT APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY THROUGH THE MEDIA. APPOINTMENTS BEGAN ON MONDAY, AND PEOPLE USED AN ONLINE LINK TO SIGN UP FOR THESE APPOINTMENTS AS WELL. 

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