Virus Outbreak Moderna Vaccine

Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine sit in a packing box to be shipped from the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020.

Christus Health says its Christus Trinity Clinics are preparing for more COVID-19 vaccine distributions in Northeast Texas and is now taking appointments for the Phase 1B group.

The vaccines will be administered by appointment only. The clinic has received the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine is given in two doses, 28 days apart, and those receiving the vaccine are not fully protected until after the second shot.

“As we receive more vaccines, we will open up additional appointment slots,” Christus Trinity Clinic Chief Operating Officer Christy Bush said. “If you cannot find appointment availability near your home, you may check at another CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic location or check back the following day, as we will be updating our schedules daily according to the vaccine supplies we have on hand.”

Those eligible for vaccinations, at this time, include healthcare workers and long-term care residents in Phase 1A, as well as those in Phase 1B, which includes patients ages 18 through 64 with chronic conditions that increase their risk of severe illness and those 65 or older, regardless of medical conditions.

Vaccine appointments can be made by visiting christushealth.org and clicking on the yellow chat icon on the homepage to connect you with Christy, our virtual assistant. Patients will be prompted to answer a few screening questions prior to choosing a location nearest them and scheduling an appointment.

“The use of vaccines has been a key part of combatting and even eradicating certain diseases for hundreds of years, and there is excellent initial data that the COVID-19 vaccine is effective and safe,” Dr. Andria Cardinalli-Stein, ambulatory chief quality officer, said. “If anyone has questions about their personal health concerns or history and how that might be impacted by vaccination, we encourage them to talk with their primary care provider, who knows their medical conditions and history and can advise them personally.”

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