Gregg County Health Authority doctor talks about Phase 1C of COVID-19 vaccine

WEBXTRA: Dr. Brown talks Phase 1C

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - As of March 15, another group of individuals will become the focus of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Those over 50 are the next most vulnerable group, according to the CDC. KLTV talked with the Gregg County Health Authority Dr. Lewis Browne who said this weekend there will be hundreds of extra doses available at the Christus Good Shepherd Hub at the fairgrounds in Longview.

Now, healthy adults age 50 and up qualify for Covid-19 vaccinations, he said.

“Hopefully we can get a lot more people vaccinated,” Browne said.

And Browne said this coming weekend they will be taking walk-ups at the Gregg County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building.

“We have plenty of vaccines, so I’m encouraging people about going to the hub and trying to be on standby so if you don’t have an appointment, go ahead and go on standby,” Browne said.

He said the reason they have extra vaccines is because a lot of people signed up and didn’t go the last couple of weekends.

“A thousand no-shows that just didn’t come to get their vaccine. And we had a little less than that the week before,” Browne said.

Browne said the no-shows are on the increase.

“We certainly don’t want to be wasting any vaccine or not giving the immunizations out like we would like,” Browne said.

Browne said it’s important to keep the vaccine flowing into people’s arms.

“I’m not sure why we’ve had so many no-shows this last week or two, but we need to make sure we keep being vaccinated because this is not over with yet,” Browne said.

Danny Kincaid was recently vaccinated at the Gregg County Hub and says he’s doing his part to fight COVID-19.

“They tell us with this vaccine that that protection will continue to advance. I want our country to get back together and find that togetherness in the morality that our fathers provided for us and love and kindness,” Kincaid said.

Browne and Kincaid both think vaccinations will bring us closer to herd immunity and getting back to normal.

Browne advised people to get there early Saturday or Sunday if they’re going to get a shot without an appointment. You will still have to go through a registration process to get a COVID-19 vaccination and the booster shot several weeks later.

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WEBXTRA: Dr. Brown talks Phase 1C