Baylor Scott & White Health planning to begin Phase 1B vaccinations this week
Hospital officials say they will reach out to patients for this first round of Phase 1B.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Baylor Scott & White Hospital in College Station is beginning to vaccinate those eligible for Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Hospital officials say they have a couple hundred vaccines leftover from their initial shipments to vaccinate their healthcare workers and are now beginning to offer them to those eligible.
“We will start making appointments for patients to start receiving the vaccine. However, the number of vaccines is extremely limited at this time,” said Baylor Scott & White Health Regional President Jason Jennings. “We stand ready to receive more vaccines from the state and we will start contacting patients starting tomorrow.”
Jennings says this first round of a couple hundred vaccines will be for Baylor Scott & White patients over 65 who have health issues.
“We are extremely excited to open up to 1B,” said Jennings. “I know it may seem like an eternity to the community but we are ready to start serving those and hopefully we will start getting more vaccines from the state.”
Baylor Scott & White Health was the first location in the Brazos Valley to receive the COVID-19 vaccine last month.
After they are contacted, patients will make an appointment and go through a pre-COVID screening. Once the first dose is administered, hospital officials stress how important it is to make sure the second dose is given too.
“It’s a two-step process. So when you commit to receive the vaccine, you need a commitment of two doses. We want to get this vaccine out to as many people as we possibly can, that we can begin returning the Brazos Valley to something that looks a little bit different pre-COVID,” said Jennings.
Jennings adds that it’s important to make sure your information is up to date online and to wait for a call, not call them.
As hospitalizations in the region continue to increase, Jennings stresses how important it is to partake in this.
“Getting this vaccine is a help-me-help-you type mentality. So absolutely, if you see a healthcare worker please thank them. It is really hard right now, and they are doing a fantastic job. We are seeing more COVID-19 patients than we ever have before, so continue social distancing, wearing your mask, but please when you get the opportunity take the vaccine, take it,” said Jennings.
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