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Local authorities plan for vaccine distribution in the event of large allocation

Local authorities are putting plans in motion to stage a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic, in the event Hockley County receives enough vaccinations locally to host a large event, though the city nor county have received an allocation, yet, according to city press release, Tuesday.

The City of Levelland, Hockley County and Covenant Health-Levelland have conducted regular planning meetings and have participated in multiple regional and statewide conference calls in order to stay informed on the ever-changing information, the press release stated.

“At this time, we do not have an allocation of vaccinations set to be delivered to Levelland or Hockley County, but in the event we receive an allocation of 600 or more vaccinations, we want to have our plan in place. We want to be ready to go,” said Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge.

“The vaccine allocations we have received in Levelland so far have been received in 200 or fewer increments. Those particular doses have been distributed by the clinics and local pharmacies. If we continue to receive similar size vaccine allocations then there will not be a need for a large event and we will continue to utilize the distribution points we have utilized with the smaller vaccine allocations,” said Bruce White, CEO of Covenant Levelland.

The first step for citizens is to get registered in the I-Info system.

“This system is a tool that the City and County use to communicate with citizens when we have severe weather in the forecast, a boil water notice, or other critical information that we need to deliver quickly to a large number of people,” said Cole Kirkland, Emergency Management Coordinator for Levelland and Hockley County. The notifications come in the form of text messages and email messages. Citizens are encouraged to get signed up for Covid Vaccine notifications here.

“Citizens who opt to receive the Covid Vaccine Updates will be sent local vaccine updates. The update might say that we have no vaccines allocated to Hockley County this week, or it might say that we do have vaccines headed to Hockley County with instructions on how to register for a vaccine clinic,” said Kirkland.

Citizens are reminded that at this time, only citizens in the 1-A and 1-B group are eligible for the vaccine. Texas Phase 1A Vaccine Priorities include paid and unpaid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to:

Texas 1A Vaccine Priorities
Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)

Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic and/or rehabilitation

Others having direct contact with patients or infectious materials

Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents.

Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state supported living centers

Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff, EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport, home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk patients and residents of long-term care facilities.

Texas Phase 1B Vaccine Priorities
People 65 years of age and older

People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to: cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies, solid organ transplantation, obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes, and mellitus.

“We’ve been very fortunate to be able to work together (County, City and Covenant Health-Levelland) to formulate the best possible plan in the event we are allocated a large number of vaccines. We feel like being proactive puts us in a better position to both make the allocation list and to execute an efficient vaccination event,” said Baldridge.

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