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Opportunities in county increasing for COVID shots

All Texas adults eligible for coronavirus vaccine; herd immunity the goal
Thursday, April 1, 2021
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Beginning last Monday, all Texas adults became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine regardles of age, occupation or health status.

This comes as health officials are encouraging residents to get vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity. Currently in Wichita County, 17.18% of all eligible residents are fully vaccinated, and 26.88% have received one vaccine.

Herd immunity is generally achieved after 70 to 90 percent of the population is vaccinated

The Wichita County-Wichita Falls Public Health District reported 49 new cases of COVID-19 in the county from Wednesday of last week through Monday. In the same timeframe, 53 more Covid patients had recovered.

Friday, the health department reported two deaths in the county related to Covid including an 80+ year old individual and an individual 70-79, bringing the death toll in Wichita County to 327 since the pandemic began.

As of Monday evening, six Wichita County residents were hospitalized with the novel Coronavirus, with one of those in critical condition.

This week, The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health District, United Regional Healthcare System and United Pharmacy in Burkburnett received 2,000, 1,500 and 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine, respectively. The Health District is allocating 400 of their doses each to Clinics of North Texas and the Comunity Healthcare Center. Wichita Falls Walgreens was shipped 1,1,70 does of the Pfizer vaccine and the Allred Uniit Correctional Facility received 700 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Those wishing to get the Covid-19 vaccine should contact their medical provider, pharmacy or the Wichita County Health District to get on a vaccination list.

The Health District issued a press release Monday seeking those who wish to be vaccinated.

โ€œ The Wichita Falls โ€“ Wichita County Public Health District will be receiving 2,000 first dose Moderna vaccines for the Week 16 allotment. At this time, the Health District has several vaccine appointment spots that need to be filled for this week. As of today (Monday), the Texas Department of State Health Services has opened vaccines for all adults. Those who want a vaccine are encouraged to visit to register for an appointment.

In addition to the Mod erna vaccines the Health District is receiving, the National Guard team will be in Wichita Falls this week as well. They are scheduled to administer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to homebound individuals on Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday, March 31. To schedule an appointment, individuals do not have to register online. They only need to call the Health District Hotline at 940-761-7909.โ€