NET Health second dose Moderna vaccine clinics scheduled for this week in Tyler

NET Health second dose Moderna vaccine clinics scheduled for this week in Tyler
Source: Gray News Media (Source: Gray News Media)

In response to questions many have regarding the delay in receiving their second dose of the Moderna vaccine, NET Health’s PIO Terrence Ates shared more information about the timing, whether or not the first vaccine is still working for those who have been waiting longer than 42 days, and more.

Many vaccine providers have experienced dilemmas in receiving Moderna. Some residents received their 1st Moderna vaccine from locations in January yet have not received any Moderna vaccines since early February, which has encouraged those residents to contact NET Health to learn if we can provide them with their 2nd Moderna vaccine to obtain full immunity from COVID 19.

Then, there are the hundreds of persons who received their 1st Moderna vaccine from NET Health in early February and in late January who have yet to receive their 2nd Moderna vaccine.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that it is recommended for a person to receive their 2nd dose no more than 42 days after their first dose.

The CDC recommendation is just that . . . a recommendation, not a requirement nor a mandate. Even if it becomes more than 42 days after your first vaccine, persons do not have to start over. Your body’s immune response to receiving the booster shot will be the same as if you received the second dose on Day 28, Day 42, or after Day 43 . . . it is advised that a person receives their 2nd dose as close to the recommended period as possible while also dealing with the constraints of limited vaccine supply.

Due to the protocols that our NET Health Immunizations Department must follow regarding recording and reporting guidelines, NET Health does not schedule “Second Dose Clinics” until we received new doses of COVID vaccines. This morning, we received the 2nd dose Moderna vaccines that we have patiently waited to receive for many weeks.

If we would have received a new shipment of Second Doses on any day last week, then NET Health would have distributed the appointment invitations on that day of receiving new COVID vaccines, to invite persons still needing their second vaccine; however, our receipt of those second-dose vaccines has been and is still delayed.

Earlier this afternoon, NET Health sent a direct invite to everyone enrolled onto our 2nd Dose Moderna Waiting List who provided a valid email address and/or cell phone number to make an appointment for this Thursday or for this Friday. This week’s appointment invites are available for anyone who received their first COVID vaccine from NET Health on January 28th, January 29th, February 3rd, and February 4th; these are the dates NET Health provided 1st Dose Moderna vaccines at the Harvey Convention Center. This invite is also open to anyone who may have received their 1st dose earlier in January and for those who received their 1st Moderna vaccine from a provider who may no longer be receiving shipments of second Moderna doses.

NET Health released the following statement Tuesday, as well:

From NET Health- Persons who received their first Moderna vaccine on February 3rd or on February 4th at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler, or on any day in January, are invited to receive their 2nd Moderna vaccine either this Thursday, March 18, or Friday, March 19, at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

“Anyone interested in receiving their 2nd Moderna vaccine MUST make an appointment before traveling to the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler,” says George Roberts, NET Health CEO. “Please select your preferred day and time visiting NETHealthCOVID19.org and selecting the ‘Vaccine Updates’ link. On this webpage, any eligible person can click the ‘2nd Moderna Vaccine’ link and make their own appointment to receive their second Moderna vaccine.”

Persons who do not have internet access can make an appointment to receive their 2nd Moderna vaccine over the phone by contacting our COVID Call Center at (903) 617 – 6404 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This scheduled “Second Dose” Moderna Vaccine Clinic will be held as a drive-thru vaccination event, pending that the weather is pleasant.

To receive your second Moderna vaccine on any of the listed days above, you will need to have your “CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card” upon arrival. This is the small white card given when a person receives their first COVID vaccine. The second vaccine still provides immunity regardless of when the person received their first COVID vaccine.

“After you have received both doses of the COVID vaccine, you are still advised to continue practicing the evidence-based COVID-19 safety protocols,” continues Roberts. “These reminders include wearing a mask, social distancing, staying home when you are ill, and avoiding gatherings with persons outside of your immediate household. Your immune system will need at least 1 – 2 weeks before the 2nd dose of a COVID vaccine takes full effect.”

NET Health will continue to schedule appointments for COVID Vaccine Clinics in future weeks and invitations to make an appointment will be provided to persons on our waiting lists who enrolled into our waiting lists first. Appointments are only created based upon our available supply of COVID vaccines and upon the date that our NET Health Immunizations Department physically receives more doses of COVID vaccines.

For more details about COVID-19 in East Texas, visit https://www.NETHealthCOVID19.org.