In its effort to coach and inform Bexar County residents about vaccine developments, Metro Well being even created a COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Committee.
Greater than 60 organizations — together with well being care suppliers, pharmacies, the faith-based neighborhood and different neighborhood companions — are concerned within the committee.
The group goals to emphasize the significance of getting vaccinated as soon as that’s a public choice.
“As we proceed to maneuver ahead on this pandemic, working collectively is vital to our success in serving to scale back the unfold of COVID-19,” mentioned Dr. Anita Kurian, assistant director of communicable illnesses. “Metro Health is committed to keeping the community informed and having a fair, ethical and transparent approach for the new vaccine distribution plan rollout.”
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has shared its COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook, which gives steering for well being departments. Metro Well being’s present plan may be discovered on the COVID-19 Portal.
The purpose is to have sufficient COVID-19 vaccine for everybody .
Early within the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, there might be a restricted provide of the vaccine, well being officers mentioned, including that offer will enhance into 2021.
Due to this, Metro Well being’s native vaccination efforts will concentrate on Essential Inhabitants Teams (CPG) as outlined by the CDC.
CPGs embrace people who’re vital to the COVID-19 pandemic response, present direct care, folks dwelling in group settings, and those that are at excessive danger for extreme sickness.
As soon as a COVID-19 vaccine is accepted for distribution, Metro Well being will comply with CDC and the Texas Division of State Well being Providers’ suggestions on vaccine allocation and priorities and can replace the native plan accordingly, as wanted.
“We understand that people will have a lot of questions about this vaccine,” Assistant Metropolis Supervisor and Interim Metro Well being Director Dr. Colleen Bridger mentioned. “ … Our number one goal is to keep the community informed about who can get vaccinated when and where.”
To maintain the neighborhood knowledgeable concerning the altering state of affairs, Metro Well being and neighborhood companions will host digital city halls to reply questions concerning the COVID-19 vaccine.
Upcoming occasions might be listed on the Metro Well being web site.
For extra info, go to the COVID-19 portal .
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