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Grayson County starting next COVID-19 vaccine distribution phase

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 5:45 PM CST
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Grayson County is getting ready to give out the COVID-19 vaccine to more people as they wait for more shipments.

“Our health department received 400 doses last week. We have exhausted that supply with primarily 1A subscribers and a few 1B subscribers,” Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said.

The vaccine is being distributed to doctor’s offices, retail pharmacies, health departments, hospitals and other health providers across the county.

Some of those locations are offering the vaccine to people who fall into Phase 1B, people age 65 and older and anyone age 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition. Others are still in Phase 1A, which allows frontline healthcare workers and employees and residents at long-term care facilities to get the vaccine.

“The state is in control of the distribution channels, when this thing started we as a county made the decision to expand as many channels as we possibly could to get as much vaccine as we possibly could and I think that that was the right thing to do,” Magers said.

Brookshire’s pharmacy in Pottsboro has received doses and is administering them in Phase 1A and 1B. The Kroger in Sherman got its first doses of the vaccine on Monday and will be administering it to the participants that fall in the 1A category as the Texas Department of Health is limiting them to only giving it out to 1A individuals. More locations can be found on the state health department website.

In order to receive these vaccines, people must schedule an appointment and show proper forms of verification to make sure that the participant is in the correct group.

“The vaccine is in short supply, distribution is spotty, and so what I would recommend if you fall in the 1B category, go to the Grayson county website, log on and you get on the list,” Magers said.

Grayson County is waiting to receive more vaccines to be distributed at this time.

Judge Magers wants people in the 1B category to call their doctor and see if they offer the vaccine first. If not, people can register on the county website so that they are on the health department list when another shipment arrives.

The vaccine is available at no charge, regardless of insurance status.

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