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Confusion about vaccinations
Most of the residents in Knox County in the 1B category, 65 and over or over 16 with chronic medical issues, are still waiting to get their first shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which require two shots.
However, Jim Cowsert of Munday is not one of them.
During a visit with him last week, I discovered he had gotten up at 3 a.m. earlier in the month to drive to Fair Park in Dallas after getting a call from his daughter.
“When we got to Fair Park, there was a long line of vehicles lined up at the vaccination site,” he said. “I told my daughter that I would just get out of the car and walk up there. She warned him that this wasn’t the best area of Dallas to do that, but he went anyway and got his shot.
Of course, he will now have to wait for that required second shot.
During a visit with Dr. Chris Scott at the Munday Clinic for another health issue that ended up with me getting a steroid shot for muscle spasms in my back, my wife Betty asked him if we needed to get shots ourselves since we had the virus back in October.
Scott answered, “You can probably wait a little longer since I’ve only heard a handful of people who have gotten the virus a second time”
While shopping Sunday afternoon at United in Seymour, I spotted Knox County Judge Stan Wojcik and was able to get additional information.
“The Knox County Hospital hasn’t gotten any shipments of the first doses in the past three weeks,” said Wojcik, adding that he had been on the phone asking the state about some kind of parity system where the rural areas would get their fair share. “I think I’ve upset a few people with all the calls,” he said.
Wojcik did say that Seymour did have a vaccination clinic last Saturday where a few Knox residents got the vaccines. “I did hear that it was well organized,” he added.
I did hear at church Sunday morning that caregivers in Knox received their second doses of the Moderna vaccine last week. Wojcik confirmed that news. I assume those in the nursing homes got their second shots, too, as they were part of that 1A program.
Reading a story from Texas Tribune last Saturday morning, I discovered that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had asked the state to refine its vaccine rollout program so that Texans would have a clearer idea when they can get their injections of the vaccine.
In a letter to the chair of the state’s Expert Vaccination Allocation Panel, Patrick urged that subgroups be considered for Texans in phase 1B, those 65 and those over 16 with chronic medical conditions, so that all of them don’t expect to get their vaccinations at the same time, something we know is not possible.
“Right now, in many cities and counties when an announcement of available vaccinations is made, website sign up pages crash and phone calls go unanswered,” Patrick wrote. “Texans need to have a better understanding of the time it will take for everyone to be vaccinated in order to reduce lines, confusion and frustration.” I agree.