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.

Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods pharmacies expect to receive their initial COVID-19 vaccine allotments on Christmas Eve and are encouraging those currently eligible to get the vaccine to schedule an appointment.

Individuals who are frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities are part of the first phase of the vaccination plan rollout.

Locally, the Brookshire’s Pharmacy on U.S. 259 is set to receive 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week.

Brookshire Grocery Co. spokesperson Morgan Countryman said those individuals who want to get the vaccine should call their pharmacy and schedule an appointment (dial 0 when calling). The pharmacy will ask for a badge or ID to confirm that each vaccine recipient is the targeted frontline health care group.

“The general public is not eligible for the vaccine at this time per state guidelines,” Countryman said. “We will keep our customers and communities updated as this process continues and we move through the multi-phase rollout that will allow us to offer the vaccine to the general public in the near future. We are proud to support the goal of keeping our communities safe by offering this vaccine. Providing this service will help maximize efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19.”

The Christus Trinity Clinic on South Henderson Boulevard has also been allotted 100 doses of the vaccine this week.

Christus Health said the vaccine would be available to all health care workers at select Christus Trinity Clinic facilities.

“We are currently in phase 1a, which includes only health care workers and long-term care residents,” said James Stanford, M.D., Assistant Institute Chair of Primary Care and Board Chairman of Christus Trinity Clinic. “We will let our community know as soon as we have information about making the vaccine available to other populations. In the meantime, we will closely follow CDC, ACIP, and Texas State guidelines and recommendations for administering the vaccine. 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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