jarvis Christian College will host a free, public COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, provided by NET HEALTH Northeast Texas Public Health District. The clinic will be in the Mirror Room in the Rand Gymnasium on the college main campus at Hwy. 80 East and P.R.7631 in Hawkins, Texas. Pediatric doses of the vaccine are available for children ages 5 – 11 years of age. Anyone under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
“First-timers, those receiving a second dose or a booster, child or adult, are all welcome to receive vaccinations free of charge,” said Jarvis Christian College Nurse Debora Briones. “Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are both offered, but it does not matter which brand someone has taken when receiving a booster. If someone received the Pfizer vaccines, they could receive the Moderna booster and vice versa.”
Medical insurance is not required but is accepted.
State statistics indicate that 49% of people in Wood County have been vaccinated with one dose, and only 45% have been fully vaccinated with two doses.
The Center for Disease Control has provided new guidelines to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on local COVID cases and hospitalizations. The new guidelines use the following measures to classify each county’s COVID level as low, medium, or high:
The number of weekly new COVID cases per 100,000 people
The number of new COVID hospitalizations per 100,000 people
The percent of hospital beds used by COVID patients
Precautions are recommended for each level. Wood County is currently classified as medium.