COVID-19 vaccines were administered on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital.

The hospital received 100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last week and has received 100 additional doses this week. They are working diligently to ensure the vaccine is administered efficiently as they become available.
At this time, the hospital is administering the vaccinations to persons who fall into groups 1A and 1B.

Residents wishing to receive the vaccination are encouraged to contact Hillary Galindo, RN, Director of Nurses at LMH at 325-387-1280 to be placed on the waiting list.

Shannon Hospital in San Angelo is also offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Shannon Hospital may be reached at 844-674-2666 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday. The number is provided for patients to ask questions and to be provided with information on receiving the vaccination.
The City of Del Rio offers an online registration process. It can be accessed by visiting http://bit.ly/2YpXmZa or by visiting the City of Del Rio website at cityofdelrio.com.

It is important to ensure you have an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine before visiting a clinic or hospital in expectation of receiving the vaccine.
Texas remains in the first phases of vaccine administration which means that only frontline healthcare workers, residents of long term care facilities, persons 65 and over or persons 16 and over with a chronic medical condition are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time. The supply of COVID-19 vaccine is limited.

The Texas Department of State Health Services indicates that there are four things you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine.

1) Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make COVID-19 vaccines available.

The new COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of volunteers during clinical trials. The vaccines are only authorized for use if they are found to be safe. Even though they found no safety issues during the clinical trials, the 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, like the new V safe After Vaccination Health Checker app.

2) The vaccines are highly effective. You’ll likely need two doses for full protection.
All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development require two shots to be effective. You will need two doses from the same manufacturer, spaced 21 or 28 days apart. You will get full protection from the vaccine usually in 1–2 weeks after getting your second dose.
After you get the vaccine, you will still need to wear a mask, social distance, and wash hands often. That’s because stopping a pandemic requires all the tools we have. All these efforts combined will offer the best protection from COVID-19 and help us get “back to normal” sooner.

3) You cannot get COVID 19 from the vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines do not use the live virus and cannot give you COVID-19. The vaccine does not alter your DNA. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an immune response without having to experience sickness. Having symptoms like fever after you get a vaccine is normal and a sign your immune system is building protection against the virus. The side effects from COVID- 19 vaccination may feel like the flu, but they should go away in a few days.

4) Texas is already distributing vaccines and will continue as more becomes available.
The Texas Commissioner of Health appointed an Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) of subject matter experts to make recommendations on vaccine allocation decisions. This includes identifying groups that should be vaccinated first. The goal is to provide the most protection to vulnerable populations and critical state resources. Other groups will receive vaccines in coming months, as more vaccines are made available.

If you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination you are encouraged to reach out to your family practice health care provider for instructions or use the contact information provided to obtain information from one of the area healthcare facilities that are providing vaccinations.

If you have tested positive for the Coronavirus, you must wait 90 days to receive the vaccination.