Local Authorities Make Plans for Mass COVID Vaccinations

Local authorities are putting plans in motion to stage a Covid-19 mass vaccinations clinic, in the event Hockley County receives enough vaccinations locally to host a large event. The City of Levelland, Hockley County and Covenant Health-Levelland have conducted regular planning meetings and have participated in multiple regional and statewide conference calls in order to stay informed on the ever-changing information.

“At this time, we do not have an allocation of vaccinations set to be delivered to Levelland or Hockley County, but in the event we receive an allocation of 600 or more vaccinations, we want to have our plan in place. We want to be ready to go,” said Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge.


“The vaccine allocations we have received in Levelland so far have been received in 200 or fewer increments. Those particular doses have been distributed by the clinics and local pharmacies. If we continue to receive similar size vaccine allocations then there will not be a need for a large event and we will continue to utilize the distribution points we have utilized with the smaller vaccine allocations,” said Bruce White, CEO of Covenant Levelland.

The first step for citizens is to get registered in the I-Info system. “This system is a tool that the City and County use to communicate with citizens when we have severe weather in the forecast, a boil water notice, or other critical information that we need to deliver quickly to a large number of people,” said Cole Kirkland, Emergency Management Coordinator for Levelland and Hockley County. The notifications come in the form of text messages and email messages. Citizens are encouraged to get signed up for Covid Vaccine notifications at http://r.i-info.com/Levelland/COVIDVacUpdate.

“Citizens who opt to receive the Covid Vaccine Updates will be sent local vaccine updates. The update might say that we have no vaccines allocated to Hockley County this week, or it might say that we do have vaccines headed to Hockley County with instructions on how to register for a vaccine clinic,” said Kirkland.

Citizens are reminded that at this time, only citizens in the 1-A and 1-B group are eligible for the vaccine.


Texas Phase 1A Vaccine Priorities

Paid and unpaid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk
for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to:

Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)

Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic and/or rehabilitation
services

Others having direct contact with patients or infectious materials

Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes:

Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state supported living centers

Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff

EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport

Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk
patients

Residents of long-term care facilities

Texas Phase 1B Vaccine Priorities

People 65 years of age and older

People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk
for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD, Heart Conditions, Organ Transplantation, Obesity and Severe Obesity, Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.

“We’ve been very fortunate to be able to work together (County, City and Covenant Health-Levelland) to formulate the best possible plan in the event we are allocated a large number of vaccines. We feel like being proactive puts us in a better position to both make the allocation list and to execute an efficient vaccination
event,” said Baldridge.

About Drew Dunn

News Director for KLVT AM 1230 in Levelland. We provide local and regional news updates 5 times a day on KLVT AM 1230 and online at www.klvtradio.com
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