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Brazos County vaccination hub opening day pushed back to ensure logistics are equipped

Posted at 4:23 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 10:52:35-05

BRAZOS COUNTY — Due to logistical difficulties, the Brazos Center vaccination hub opening date has been delayed about a week.

”It really is dependent upon the arrival of vaccines in the Brazos County. Monday was a mark on the wall that I established for our team, so we’d have a goal to work toward,” said Chief Stewart, the Coordinator of the Brazos Community Emergency Center.

St. Joseph is responsible for registration, scheduling appointments and providing medical experts to administer the allocated vaccines.

"The word is that St. Joseph is going to receive 1,000 doses per day and the expectation is they’ll administer 1,000 doses a day,” Chief Stewart added.

Dr. McKnight says having a central location for vaccination will advance vaccination efforts to assist communities understanding of where to go.

"I think having a vaccination hub is going to be a big advantage for the community currently is seemingly very difficult to find places that have available vaccine and then to get scheduled for an appointment before they run out,” said Dr. Jason McKnight, a Primary Care Physician and Population Health expert with Texas A&M.

County Judge Duane Peters has committed the Brazos Center building to this vaccination effort for as long as it shall take—but wants to be clear they are not responsible for administering vaccines—local hospitals and other counter parts are spearheading this effort.

"At this point and time, we are primarily dealing with St. Joseph although Scott and White is included in all the conversation, TEEX providing staffing to help us with the registration process,” said Chief Stewart.

Many community members are eager to provide a helping hand and volunteers are welcomed.

Currently, Chief Stewart is coordinating with a local non-profit who will become the registration hub for those with intentions to provide assistance.

"It will be the registration hub for people who want to volunteer, I have already gotten contacted via LinkedIn and text messages from people who want to volunteer and help out,” Chief Stewart shared.

If you are interested in receiving an appointment please visit https://stjoseph.stlukeshealth.org/covidvaccine