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UT Health and NET Health offer vaccine appointments

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TEXAS–NET Health offered a drive-thru vaccination clinic Jan. 8 and Jan. 9. The drive thru Moderna vaccine was available for persons recognized as being eligible in Tier 1A in Tier 1B. 
“Our goal is for every eligible person in East Texas to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination,” says NET Health CEO George Roberts. “Persons age 65 and older are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine and anyone age 16 and older who have at least one chronic medical condition.” 
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to NET Health, local pharmacies, hospitals and community clinics.  The COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna are administered so that the second vaccine is given at least 28 days after the first dose. Persons who receive their first dose from NET Health will be contacted later this month to be scheduled to receive their second dose.
 “First responders (fire fighters, ambulance workers, police officers, etc.), last responders (funeral home employees, medical examiners, etc.), school nurses, home health workers and health care workers who provide direct care to patients are eligible within the Tier 1A category,” says the NET Health Director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Russell Hopkins. 
The vaccines are available through appointment only and once the appointments are available, they quickly fill up. NET Health has created an electronic wait list at https://www.nethealthcovid19.org/registerforyourfirstmodernavaccine. 
UT Health East Texas also began administering the vaccine Jan. 8. Appointments filled in under two hours. “We had an overwhelming response to the availability of the vaccine, which allowed us to fill all slots,” said Chief Medical Officer for UT Health East Texas Dr. Tom Cummins. “We hope the state will see the great interest by the community and allocate us additional vaccine soon.” 
UT Health is the only healthcare system in East Texas to be selected by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a mass vaccine location. UT Health is slated to receive 1,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine that will be given on an appointment only, first-come, first-served basis.
“We take our role in vaccinating the public very seriously to help bring this virus under control. It continues to spread rapidly in our communities, so the sooner we can get people vaccinated the better,” said Cummins. “Our caregivers are seeing the devastation of this virus every single day. We are seeing record numbers of people in our hospitals with COVID-19 so it is still extremely important for all East Texans to continue to do the things we’ve been talking about since the beginning of the pandemic — wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. We know these things work to slow the spread of the virus.”
The vaccines will be given at UT Health North Campus Tyler, 11937 U.S. Highway 271. Appointment time slots are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Anyone wanting a vaccine must have an appointment. Vaccines for walk-ins will not be available. Individuals who meet the criteria for Phase 1A and 1B can make an appointment at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/UT. 
The State of Texas is partnering with providers and local partners to arrange distribution of the vaccine. To find a local provider please visit https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=91ac7fb5e...