AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — According to the City of Amarillo’s Mayor Ginger Nelson, 85% of those vaccinated by the City are from Potter and Randall County.
Mayor Nelson also stated that about 4,000 people have received their second dose of the vaccine at the Amarillo Civic Center.
Casie Stoughton, Amarillo Public Health Director, shared in Wednesday’s City COVID-19 update that anyone who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on or before Dec. 30 can now receive their second dose.
Stoughton also mentioned that as of yesterday, “We have received over 28,000 first doses that we have received so far and 10,000 second doses.”
According to Covidactnow.org, Amarillo remains the number one metro area in the country when it comes to vaccine distribution, with a total of 11.7% having received the first shot.
Stoughton also shared that the City of Amarillo has given just over 27,250 total doses.
However, Stoughton explained in Wednesday’s meeting that it could be some time before we hear about the next group of people to receive the vaccination.
“So I know the state, the EVAP committee, the Expert Vaccine Allocation Committee’s still working on that, but there’s 8.4 million Texans who fall into that 1B category,” said Stoughton.
Dr. Rodney Gonzales, Director at the Amarillo VA Hospital, also shared that the Amarillo VA and their Lubbock clinic are also continuing to distribute vaccines.
“We vaccinate over 2,500 total. That’s about 1,900 veterans. The rest were staff, and that represents about 10% of our veterans that we take care of,” said Dr. Gonzales.
Dr. Gonzales continued that they had around 400 doses of the vaccine on hand when they started this morning.
Amarillo Public Health Authority, Dr. Scott Milton, also spoke in Wednesday’s virtual meeting to address the increasing discussion about the new COVID-19 variants.
Dr. Milton continued to assure the public that there has been no evidence to date that shows that the vaccines are not effective for these variants.
He continued, “What has been shown is that these variants are more contagious, and so that reemphasizes how important it is to get vaccinated.”
As of right now, Groups 1A and 1B are still the only groups available to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
For those who have tested positive for COVID-19, Stoughton explained their options, regarding further immunization.
“They can defer for up to ninety days, but if they choose not to defer if they’re in that 1A or 1B category, they certainly need to be recovered from that.. their episode of COVID-19 and out of any isolation or quarantine,” said Stoughton.
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