GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – CHRISTUS Good Shepherd in Longview has been named a COVID-19 vaccination hub for Gregg County by the State of Texas.
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 30, caregivers from CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic, as well as Gregg County and City of Longview first responders, will operate a weekend clinic to give vaccines to those who meet the criteria in Phase 1A or Phase 1B.
Mark Anderson, Chairman of the Trinity Clinic Board of Directors and Chief of Emergency Medicine of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals said that CHRISTUS Good Shepherd has administered around 45,000 doses with no ill effects.
Anderson also said that if you get the vaccine once now and another one after three weeks, 95% of people will have an immune response and be able to have antibodies that will fight the affects of COVID-19.
According to Hancock, the appointment process will take around 30 minutes. “There is a 15 minute wait time after you’re vaccinated to make sure that you don’t have any type of negative reaction, ” he said.
“In an effort to make the COVID-19 vaccine more accessible to East Texans, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd is honored to accept the responsibility of fulfilling this need for our community,” said Todd Hancock, President and Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System.
“It is our stated goal…to administer 3,000 to 4,000 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine a week,” Hancock said.
The hospital announced the launch of the community-wide My Shot Now campaign in an effort to vaccinate as many eligible East Texans as possible.
The vaccine is free to the public and an appointment will be required to receive the vaccine. It will be administered at the Longview Exhibit Center at the Longview Convention Complex.
Rep. Jay Dean said that he advocated for a large vaccination hub in House District 7 and coordinated meetings in Austin.
“I am thrilled that we were able to successfully present to our contacts with the state that our regional collaborative effort is capable and ready to serve as a vaccine hub,” Dean said. “Having an aggressive effort to provide vaccines to our residents is critical to moving our community forward and saving lives.”
To make an appointment, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd is directing patients to vaccinate.christushealth.org and will answer questions in the chat box.
Patients can also call (877) 335-5746 to get more information and register for a vaccination appointment.
Once an appointment has been made, patients are expected to follow the following guidelines:
- Please arrive no more than 15 minutes early and remain in your vehicle until 5 minutes before your appointment time.
- Only those being vaccinated may attend the clinic, except for those who need assistance. Those who cannot come alone to their appointment may bring 1 essential visitor.
- Wear loose fitting clothes, for ease in accessing your shoulder to administer the vaccine.
- Masks are required. Please bring your own mask.
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