Many Texans in rural communities would have to drive nearly an hour to obtain a COVID vaccine. A brand new initiative is bringing the vaccine to them.
MARION COUNTY, Texas — Marion County has a inhabitants simply shy of 10,000. County Judge Leward Lefleur stated, “We do not have a hospital. We do not have a health care provider right here in the county. We have a doctor’s assistant in a small clinic right here.”
He assumes because of this his county was chosen for the state’s mobile vaccine pilot program. It’s particularly useful in Jefferson, the place of us would in any other case have to make the 45-minute drive into Longview or Shreveport to obtain care.
When you assume “cellular vaccines,” you could envision one thing on wheels. That’s not fairly the case right here.
“It was principally 15 those who got here up right here with the gear they wanted to truly present the vaccine to folks,” Lefleur stated. The workforce arrange store in the Jefferson Tourism and Visitor Center after which opened their doorways to the 100 individuals who have been registered to obtain the vaccine.
50 folks signed up online however since about half of the residents in Marion County don’t have dependable web entry, Judge Lefleur had to get inventive in order to attain everybody.
“We did like a hybrid,” he stated. “50 vaccines got online. And then 50 telephone calls, extra like 600 telephone calls that got here into my workplace, the primary 50 of these those who known as we put them on an inventory and we gave it over to the state.”
Lefleur says the workforce that carried out the primary dose shall be again in time to ship the second, so there’s no want to commute. He additionally hopes that is only the start for them.
“I hope they come up with a plan that claims ‘hey, look, we’re gonna come give the second dose to 100 folks and we have got 500 extra. We’re gonna be there for 3 days.'” he stated.
As of proper now. this pilot program has 5 stops: DeWitt, Marion, Real, Sherman, and Starr counties.