"State plans SOS vaccinations here Thursday, Friday" by: Mike Reddell

The Texas Department of Emergency Management will have a two-day, SOS (Save Our Seniors) COVID-19 vaccination program this week, Matagorda County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) announced.

“This is a SOS event coming straight from the state Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM),” said EOC spokesman Mitch Thames.

“This is a completely different program from local hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. It takes nothing away from those programs,” Thames added.

“Seniors registered with any local vaccination wait list and programs won’t be kicked off any lists because of this event – those (lists) remain in effect.

Thames said this first of two-dose vaccination is aimed strictly at those 65 and older.

TDEM;\’s first dose will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.

“You have to have an appointment,” Thames said. The number to call is 979-323-0707.

He indicated people also could get calls since TDEM also has the wait lists from MRMC, MEHOP and Palacios Medical.

Aaron Fox, with MRMC, said the hospital’s list was turned over to Emergency Management Coordinator Amanda Campos, who’s working on developing the lists for TDEM.

Thames said TDEM has confirmed planning on 1,000 doses.

“They literally offered this to us at the end of last week,” Thames said.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is doing second dose and other planned events around the county, Thames said.

The state is planning the next vaccination process for the second dose by evaluating date and location through TDEM and it could be either the fairgrounds or Civic Center, Thames said.

Matagorda County’s new confirmed cases reported Tuesday, March 16, totaled 2,865, with 418 probable cases and 3,109 recovered.

There have been 93 deaths – the most recent March 6.

DSHS reports show there have been 102 cases in the county over the last 14 days for an average of 2.7 cases per 1,000 residents. 

In Matagorda County, 4,233 persons have received at least one dose.

That’s 14.9% out of 28,247 county residents who are 16 years of age and older.

Those who have received one dose total 1,813, or 6% of that population.

As of Tuesday, March 16, about 9.9% of Texas’ 29 million people have been fully vaccinated.

That percentage exceeds the percent who tested positive for the virus, DSHS reports.

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