East Texas clinical students receive COVID-19 vaccine

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances provides vaccines for nursing students, faculty
A COVID-19 shot is administered during a clinic at CHRISTUS Mother Frances on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
A COVID-19 shot is administered during a clinic at CHRISTUS Mother Frances on Wednesday, Feb. 4.(Blake Holland/KLTV)
Updated: Feb. 4, 2021 at 10:08 AM CST
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Some East Texas nursing students received their first COVID-19 shot on Wednesday at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler.

The hospital offered free shots to clinical students and faculty from the University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College. Many of the students are already working alongside nurses and doctors in hospitals and clinics as a part of their training, but have been unable to get the vaccine based off the current state guidelines.

“It really is a win, win for everybody,” said Barbara Haas, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UT Tyler. “I’s going to protect the students, the patients, everybody.”

The hospital’s chief medical officer, Dr. Mark Anderson, said these students are the next line of defense in healthcare. He said the hospital wanted to make sure the students have all the protection and opportunities that full-time employees have.

“Having the opportunity to protect them as they continue their studies and prepare to enter the workforce is really a blessing,” said Elizabeth Olivier, interim dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at TJC.

UT Health East Texas has also been vaccinating clinical students, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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NET HEALTH: CLICK HERE for 1st and 2nd dose waitlist.

UT HEALTH EAST TEXAS: CLICK HERE for UT Health East Texas vaccine information.

CHRISTUS: Watch for future availability at vaccinate.christushealth.org and answer the questions in the yellow chat box on the right of the screen. Patients may also call the following dedicated phone line for information and registration for a vaccination appointment at this hub vaccination clinic when they are again available: (877) 335-5746.

BROOKSHIRE’S: The Brookshires Grocery Company has launched an online waitlist for Phase 1A and 1B individuals seeking to get their COVID-19 vaccinations at Brookshire’s and Super 1 pharmacies. Once you sign up, you will receive a notification when your local pharmacy has the vaccine in stock.

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