COVID-19 vaccines being provided by appointment only through Hope Community Medicine
Hope Community Medicine kicked off a round of on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Thursday with a one-day clinic set up at Center's First Baptist Church.
Hope's CEO Mike Belgard said the provider plans to give about 800 COVID-19 vaccinations between Thursday and early next week. Advance registration is required and can be made by calling 936-598-2716.
Other locations and dates include San Augustine on Friday, in Carthage on Monday and in Tenaha on Tuesday, according to Hope's Casey Golden.
“All vaccines are by appointment only,” she said. “They'll be given out until all slots are filled.
Golden said if the slots are filled, people may be placed on a waiting list.
Belgard said Hope should be receiving another shipment of 800 vaccines soon. He said people making appointments should allow about 30 minutes for the entire process of filling out paperwork, having vital signs checked, receiving the vaccination and a short post shot observation period.
“It's going like a well-oiled machine,” Belgard said Thursday at the clinic being held at First Baptist Church of Center. He said prior to taking the vaccine program to sites outside of Hope Community Medicine clinics about 500 COVID vaccines had been provided in January.
Priority is being given to people 65 or older, those 65 and younger who have pre-existing medical conditions. Healthy individuals under the age of 65 are down the priority list, he said.