Local health and county officials are frustrated with the lack of information about when the next supply of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to the county. They are echoing the sentiments of providers and citizens across Texas as the demand for the vaccine is greater than the current supply shipped. The ability to get a vaccine today or this week will depend on vaccine availability at your provider’s office, clinic or facility. Please call ahead to your provider.
Four providers in Atascosa County received 1,200 doses two weeks ago, but are currently waiting for more supply. Please call them to make an appointment before you arrive:
• H-E-B #411, 219 N. Oaklawn Rd, Pleasanton, 830-281-8190
• Kings Medicine, 809 Bryant Street, Pleasanton, 830-569-0051
• Quality Urgent Care, 2106 W. Oaklawn Rd, Pleasanton, 830-569-1950
• H-E-B Pharmacy #19, 19337 McDonald Street, Lytle, 830-772-5748
Specifics on providers
Kings Medicine is currently booked up for vaccines with the next opening on Jan. 13. They encourage individuals in groups 1A and 1B to please call to schedule an appointment.
H-E-B is currently vaccinating health care workers in 1A only as of Tuesday, Jan. 5. Once all willing 1A healthcare workers are vaccinated and H-E-B receives additional vaccine, they will move to the next phase of vaccinations. H-E-B will notify customers when they transition to the next phase at www.heb.com/pharmacy.
Quality Urgent Care Pleasanton cannot schedule appointments for COVID-19 testing or treatment at this time. Quality Urgent Care is attempting to vaccinate as many health care providers as possible but have a limited supply of vaccines. Health care organizations can register their practice to receive COVID-19 vaccinations by following this link hipaa.jotform.com/203561042988156. For more information, visit www.qualityurgentcareofamerica.com/ covid-19-vaccine-forhealhtcare workers-coronavirus vaccines-in-sanantonio.
Walgreens is currently not administering the vaccine to the general public. They are scheduled to utilize the vaccine for longterm care facilities which are in group 1A.
Long-term Care Facilities
Locally, long-term care facilities are in the process of receiving the vaccine. If you have a family member in a long-term care facility, please check with the director to see if the vaccine has been administered.
DSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, last Tuesday stated that Texas has now entered into Phase 1B even as Phase 1A continues. He stated that all providers that have received COVID-19 vaccine must immediately vaccinate health care workers, Texans over the age of 65 and people with medical conditions that put them at great risk of severe disease or death from COVID-19. While he stated that no vaccine should be kept in reserve, the problem is there is no reserve locally. All vaccines currently have been used, or appointments to give the vaccines have been made, for the current supply.
How to know what group you are in
Group 1A includes health care workers who are in direct contact with COVID-19 or high-risk patients, EMS, home health care workers, long-term care patients and residents of long-term care facilities.
The group 1B includes people 65 years of age and older (do not have to have underlying condition) and 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:
• Chronic kidney disease
• COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
• Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
• Solid organ transplantation
• Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
• Sickle cell disease
• Type 2 diabetes mellitus (people 65 years of age and older)
It is estimated that everyone else will get the vaccine in spring 2021, but that date may change. It depends on vaccine production and how quickly other vaccines become available.
Vaccine is free
The vaccine will be provided free of charge. For people with insurance, insurance will cover any fee to administer it by the provider. People without insurance won’t be charged.
Two doses needed
All but one of the COVID 19 vaccines currently in development need two shots to be effective. Two doses will be needed from the same manufacturer, spaced 21 or 28 days apart. Full protection from the vaccine will occur usually 1–2 weeks after getting the second dose.
According to the DSHS, information gathered in large-scale clinical trials and thoroughly reviewed by scientists at the FDA shows that the vaccines are safe and effective. Even though they found no safety issues during the clinical trials, CDC and other federal partners will continue to monitor the new vaccines. They watch out for serious side effects (or “adverse events”) using vaccine safety monitoring systems.
DSHS reports that you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. DSHS further reports that COVID-19 vaccines do not use the live virus and the vaccine does not alter DNA. DSHS states that the COVID-19 vaccination will help protect by creating an immune response without having to experience sickness.
Having symptoms like fever after a vaccine according to DSHS is normal and a sign the immune system is building protection against the virus. DSHS said that the side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu, but they should go away in a few days.