AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Today was the fifth day that the Amarillo Civic Center has distributed the COVID-19 vaccine.
While they began vaccinating those in Priority Group 1A last Monday and Tuesday, since Wednesday, those in Priority Group 1B have been able to receive it.
Casie Stoughton, Amarillo Public Health Director, shared that initially they received 10,000 doses of the Moderna Vaccine.
As of early this afternoon, Stoughton shared that in the past five days, they have been able to distribute approximately 7,000 doses.
Today alone, the city shared that they gave out 2,651 doses.
Stoughton commented, “The biggest challenge would be that we just don’t know exactly when or how much vaccine we’re going to get. We know that the state is in the same kind of bind of they don’t know when or how much vaccine they’re going to get.”
Additionally, Stoughton explained the difference between the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
“The vaccine, especially the Moderna vaccine, you get four weeks or twenty-eight days from when you receive the first dose. You can get that anytime after twenty-eight days, but not before. So that is the thing to remember, with Pfizer it’s twenty-one days. “
While those four weeks pass for the Moderna vaccine recipients, Stoughton explains how they are reminding patients on when to come back for the second dose.
“The patient will go ahead and scan the QR code, that’s on that V-SAFE paperwork, then it will send them alerts and remind them when they’re next dose is,” said Stoughton.
Those able to currently receive the vaccine, include Priority Groups 1A and 1B.
It is important to remember that the vaccine is free for everyone who is able to currently receive it.
For further information, or to see who is included in Priority Group 1A click here.
For further information, or to see who is included in Priority Group 1B, click here.
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