AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — With COVID-19 case numbers on the rise in the High Plains, local health officials say that vaccination is the best strategy to stop the spread of the virus.

Chief Medical Officer at Northwest Texas Hospital Dr. Brian Weis said that number is disappointing as that is the ultimate defense against the virus.

“The vaccines are the answer, they are a way of preventing this guy from causing a surge again. So I really wish people would strongly consider getting the vaccine at this point since we might be facing wave number three unfortunately of a COVID-19 variant,” said Dr. Weis.

The city of Amarillo’s public health department is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 18 years of age and older. According to the Amarillo Alerts website, there is a 28-day waiting period between the first two doses of the vaccine. Certain groups are eligible for booster doses and third doses of the Moderna vaccine.

The public health department is also offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 5 years of age and older, after the recent federal approvals for vaccines for children. According to the Amarillo Alerts website, there is a 21-day waiting period between the first two doses of the vaccine. Certain groups are eligible for booster doses and third doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

The next question, however – where are COVID-19 vaccines available in the Amarillo area? Here is a list of current operating hours and locations for the Public Health Department’s vaccination clinics. The public health department’s clinics are walk-in and no appointments are necessary.

The city of Amarillo is hosting its vaccination clinic at the Amarillo Public Health Department, located at 850 Martin Rd. The hours of the clinic are the following:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Public Health Mobile Vaccination Clinic schedule:

No public mobile vaccination clinics are currently scheduled from the city of Amarillo.

Other COVID-19 Vaccination availabilities in Amarillo can be found here:

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The city of Amarillo continues to offer monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients through a partnership with the Texas Division of Emergency Management. The center, located at 808 S. Johnson, treats outpatient cases of COVID-19 who have a referral from a doctor at no cost. City of Amarillo officials also stated that the results from an at-home COVID-19 test can serve as confirmation of a positive to be eligible for an infusion.

State officials previously said that the centers “can prevent a (COVID-19) patient’s condition from worsening and requiring hospital care.” The centers also help increase hospital bed capacity. Officials from the city of Amarillo’s public health department previously told MyHighPlains.com that the city typically receives a weekly allocation of the treatment, consisting of around 288 doses.

According to the Amarillo Alerts website, individuals who are eligible include mild to moderate COVID-19 patients 12 years or older who are at “high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 disease and/or hospitalization.” Officials state it also includes individuals who are 65 years or older as well as those with chronic health conditions.

The city’s regional infusion call center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, according to the Amarillo Alerts website. Individuals are asked to call 806-378-6591 to schedule an appointment. A nurse can screen the patient by phone and order the treatment. For providers who need to refer patients, they are asked to call 806-378-6591 for referral paperwork.

For a self-referral, individuals are asked to email the following information to infusion@amarillo.gov:

  • A picture of the lab results, attached;
  • Full name;
  • Date of birth;
  • Phone number;
  • Address;
  • Email address;
  • Date of symptom onset.

According to the website, the infusion is given by appointment only and in an outpatient setting. However, the treatment will be provided for the most vulnerable patients due to limited supplies. Patients who are not able to be scheduled within 10 days of symptom onset will not be able to receive treatment, according to the treatment’s emergency use authorization.

The city of Amarillo currently has monoclonal antibody treatment available.

Area entities also have access to additional COVID-19 treatment opportunities, ranging from the Evusheld monoclonal antibody treatment from AstraZeneca, as well as the two oral COVID-19 antiviral treatments.

As of Tuesday (March 17), a number of entities have access to both Paxlovid and Molnupiravir, the two oral COVID-19 antiviral treatments. Texas Oncology – Amarillo Cancer Center, as well as the BSA Health System, have reported as of Tuesday to have access to the Evusheld treatment.

This story is developing. Check with MyHighPlains.com for updates