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Ascension Providence expanding COVID-19 vaccinations in Waco, McLennan County

Ascension Providence
Posted at 7:07 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 20:07:19-05

WACO, TX — Ascension Providence is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine operations for Waco-McLennan County.

As of this week, the organization has provided more than 8,500 collective first and second dose COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline caregivers, first responders and high-risk individuals.

Ascension Providence is in the process of reviewing medical records for all existing patients, and will contact those who meet the criteria within Phase 1B to schedule vaccine appointment.

To view the criteria for Phase 1B, click here.

The hospital is also working with pharmacy, school district and nonprofit partners to plan and deliver vaccines to high-risk communities throughout Waco and McLennan County.

Ascension Providence has created a website to allow qualifying patients to schedule an appointment. Appointments will become available as the group receives more vaccine doses.

Phase 1A and 1B patients can also call 1-833-604-1626 to schedule an appointment.

Those who are vaccinated at the clinic will also be scheduled for their required second dose.

“The vaccine is a critical development in the fight against COVID-19, and we are eager to begin this vital next phase of vaccination distribution. We continue to collaborate closely with local and state health officials to ensure we’re doing everything we can to get as many people vaccinated as safely and efficiently as possible,” said Dr. Brian Becker, Chief Medical Officer of Ascension Providence.

Here’s what individuals can expect once they arrive according to Ascension Providence:

  • Patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the clinic.
  • Patients will check in, providing the necessary information and signing required consent forms.
  • Patients will be directed either to a socially distanced waiting area or to a vaccination station.
  • After vaccination, patients will be directed to an observation area, where they will be monitored for at least 15 minutes as a standard precaution.