COVID-19 vaccine distribution enters Phase 1B, includes locations in Medina and Frio Counties

Texans in Phase 1B of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan are now eligible to begin receiving the vaccine.

Eligible residents in Phase 1B include people 65 years old and older, as well as people 16 years old and older who have at least one chronic medical condition that increases the risk of a severe COVID-19 infection, including cancer, heart conditions, pregnancy, and Type 2 diabetes, among other issues.

According to information obtained by the Department of State Health Services, (DSHS), the HEB pharmacy in Hondo received 100 doses of the vaccine last week, while Frio Regional Hospital in Pearsall received 200 doses. Pearsall’s Family Medicine Clinic also received 200 doses, with another 100 doses distributed to the Frio Regional Primary Care & Urgent Care Clinic in Dilley.

This week, Medina Regional Hospital in Hondo received 300 doses.

Texas has received approximately 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the first three weeks of distribution, a number that includes vaccines manufactured by both Pfizer and Moderna.

Frontline health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities have been receiving the vaccine since December 14 as Phase 1A of the state’s distribution plan. Those eligible in Phase 1B will only receive the vaccine if all willing Phase 1A individuals have already been inoculated.

People in Phase 1B should call vaccine provider locations to schedule vaccination appointments.

For vaccine provider locations and more information on how to receive the vaccine, click here.

By Marly Davis

Staff Writer

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