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Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to register for COVID-19 Vaccines

The Wharton County Office of Emergency Management (WCOEM) issued a press release on Monday, announcing the continuation of bringing COVID-19 vaccinations to Wharton County. 

This release followed an announcement made by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), moving the state’s vaccine phase to 1C. 

Phases 1A, 1B, and 1C includes: individuals 50 years of age or older; individuals 16 years of age or older with a health condition that increases risk of severe COVID-19 illness; and/or school and licensed child care personnel. 

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“Your getting registered is the first step to receiving your vaccination.”

“We are coordinating with state agencies to provide Wharton County residents with their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said WCOEM.

Priority will be given to those 65 years of age or older, but the office says, “Individuals who fit within any of the additional state approved vaccination phases will be given priority following allocation to those 65 years of age or older.”

To view the complete list of eligibility for the vaccinations, visit the DSHS website

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WCOEM encourages individuals to contact their office to register for future vaccine administration dates by calling 979-532-1123. 

“At this time we are unsure of the date or time of the vaccinations, but we will need your name, date of birth, home mailing address and telephone number so that we may contact you when vaccinations become available,” WCOEM said. 

“Registering on this list does not guarantee that you will receive a shot. Registering on [our] list is the first step toward receiving the vaccine through an accepted provider in Wharton County.”

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The office added that any persons wishing to receive the vaccine sooner should register with multiple approved vaccine locations. 

DSHS releases a list of vaccine allocations each week. Those providers and the number of doses allocated can be found at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccineallocations.aspx.

“Working together, we will get all Wharton County residents that want a vaccine to receive their shots as soon as possible,” WCOEM said.

“We do not always know exactly what type of vaccine will be administered until the day it arrives, but we will provide everyone with that information as soon as possible. 

“Your getting registered is the first step to receiving your vaccination.”

For more information, or to register with the Wharton County Office of Emergency Management, call 979-532-1123.

The WCOEM is located at 315 East Elm Street in Wharton and provides vaccine announcements through their page on Facebook

Jessica Hartmanhttps://www.thecountygin.com
Jessica Hartman is the publisher of The County Gin and a realistic dreamer with creative expression. She can be reached at jessica@thecountygin.com or (979) 533-0122, but careful — she's a talker.

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