CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/23/2021

UPDATE FROM MARSHALL HARRISON COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT (KEEP?)

Good Morning, 

As you are aware we are still in the trenches of battling COVID 19 in our area, case counts, hospital data, county trends, vaccine data and more can be found at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/default.aspx . Here is our latest vaccine coverage data: 

County: Harrison

Public Health Region:         4/5N

Percentage of Population 12+ Vaccinated with At Least One Dose: 45.76%

Percentage of Population 12+ Fully Vaccinated: 38.55%

Percentage of Population 65+ Vaccinated with At Least One Dose: 67.48%

Percentage of Population 65+ Fully Vaccinated: 61.41%

Our office is available to go out to local businesses to conduct COVID 19 vaccine clinics, please contact us at 903-938-8338. I have put together the information below about COVID 19 testing and COVID 19 vaccines, please share. 

You can go to https://meds.tdem.texas.gov/ to find Vaccine availability and testing sites.

Find Vaccine by Phone

Get answers to questions or help finding a vaccine near you by phone:

Text your ZIP code to find vaccine, childcare, and free rides to clinics to

GETVAX (438829) for English

VACUNA (822862) for Spanish

Call 1-833-832-7067 (toll free) for referral to a local vaccine provider

Call center is open Monday–Friday 8:00am⁠–⁠6:00pm, and Saturday 8:00am–5:00pm.

Spanish language and other translators are available to help callers.

Call the national vaccine finder hotline toll free at 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489)

Vaccination Services for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities needing assistance getting vaccinated can contact the Disability Rights Texas Hotline (DRTx Vaccine Hotline) by phone or email, at 1-800-880-8401 or vaccine@DRTx.org.

You can also contact the national Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) at 888-677-1199 or DIAL@n4a.org for vaccine help.

Local Information:

Marshall Harrison County Health District (Vaccine available)

Pfizer 19 Vaccine available – call for more information 903-938-8338.

Mlife DX (Testing available)

Contact via email covid19@mlifedx.com or phone 833-654-3339

https://www.mlifedx.com/

Healthcare Express (Testing available)

https://www.gohce.com/

CVS (Vaccine & Testing available)

https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic

Wal Greens (Vaccine & Testing available)

https://www.walgreens.com/

Genesis PrimeCare (Vaccine & Testing available)

https://www.genesisprimecare.org/

Wal Mart (Vaccine available)

https://www.walmart.com/pharmacy/clinical-services/immunization/scheduled?imzType=covid

Jennifer Hancock, RN, BSN  

Executive Director – Marshall-Harrison County Health District

805 Lindsey Drive  |  Marshall |  TX 75670

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F.D.A. Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots for Older and At-Risk Americans

FROM HOPKINS SELECTIONS:

1. Single-dose Intranasal Vaccination Elicits Systemic and Mucosal Immunity Against SARS-CoV-2 (iScience) The current intramuscular vaccines are designed to elicit systemic immunity without conferring mucosal immunity in the nasal compartment, which is the first barrier that SARS-CoV-2 virus breaches before dissemination to the lung. We report the development of an intranasal subunit vaccine that uses lyophilized spike protein and liposomal STING agonist as an adjuvant.

2. TWO J & J ARTICLE DEMONSTRATING WONDERFUL RESULTS:

    A. Second Dose of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Increases Protection Against Covid-19, Vaccine Maker Says (Washington Post) A second shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine boosts protection against symptomatic and severe covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the drug company announced early Tuesday. Those booster shots also generated additional antibodies, molecules churned out by the immune system to help fight off infections. Under the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency-use authorization, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is given as a single dose, unlike the two shots required for full immunization with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines. Results published this summer indicate that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine generates lasting amounts of antibodies able to target delta and other variants of concern. In June and July, when delta was ascendant, the effectiveness of the one-shot vaccine was 78 percent against observed covid-19, according to a report published Thursday that has not yet gone through peer review.

   B. Johnson & Johnson Announces Real-World Evidence and Phase 3 Data Confirming Strong and Long-Lasting Protection of Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. (Johnson and Johnson)

3. Where Are the Tests? (New York Times) Your daughter wakes up with a scratchy throat, and you can’t decide whether she should go to school. You can’t shake a runny nose and start wondering whether it’s really because of allergies. You’re planning a family gathering, but you are nervous about your aging parents being there. Millions of Americans are grappling with situations like these, and there is a straightforward solution to all of them. But that solution is not widely available in the United States, even though the technology exists and is being used in much of Western Europe. The solution is rapid testing.

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