AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Earlier today, the City of Amarillo’s Mayor Ginger Nelson shared that, as of right now, the Pfizer Biontech Vaccine is expected to arrive tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Mayor Nelson explained, “If the vaccine is delivered at the time anticipated, the first vaccines will be given tomorrow afternoon. That’s Tuesday afternoon, to the hospital workers and each hospital is responsible for the administration of the vaccine they’ll get in their possessions.”
The Texas Department of State Health Services has notified the City of Amarillo that the first shipment of 975 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be deployed to the Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
From there, it will be stored at the Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy in freezers that are specially equipped to hold the vaccine at proper temperatures.
The vaccine will then be evenly split between BSA and Northwest Texas Hospital.
“They’re going to take those 975 vaccines. They’re going to split them, basically equally, between the two hospitals. And then each hospital will oversee the administration of the vaccines to their staff,” explained Mayor Nelson.
Those to receive the vaccine in this first tier of Phase 1A, include:
- Hospital staff working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for
a. Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff
(custodial staff, etc.)
b. Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy,
diagnostic and/or rehabilitation services
- Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes:
a. Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state
supported living centers
b. Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff
- EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care
- Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with
vulnerable and high-risk patients
- Residents of long-term care facilities
“As far as nursing home residents, my understanding at this time is that the Federal Government will be sending vaccinations for the residents who live in the nursing homes. Obviously they’re in a high risk category and we’re concerned about getting them vaccinated,” continued Mayor Nelson.
She also explained that once the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center receives the vaccines, they will coordinate with our hospitals, in order to ensure that the immunizations are made available first to hospital staff who are working directly with patients that have tested positive or are at high risk for COVID-19.
In addition, Mayor Nelson said they expect to receive more allocations of the vaccine and that those could really come at any time.
It is also important to remember that receiving the vaccine is voluntary. Mayor Nelson explained in today’s update that this vaccine cannot be mandatory, because it is approved under an Emergency Use Authorization through the Food and Drug Administration.
For further explanation on the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guiding Principles and Health Care Workers Definition, click here.
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