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TEXARKANA, Texas — Twenty-nine Bowie County facilities are registered to receive supplies of vaccine against the COVID-19 virus, but only four have gotten any, according to the Texarkana/Bowie County emergency Joint Operations Center.

The JOC cited the Texas Department of State Health Services in a news release Wednesday. One local clinic is taking appointments, two pharmacies are out of vaccine doses, and local pharmacies are vaccinating residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

Texas is currently in Phase 1B of the vaccination plan, which makes vaccinations available to people 65 and older, or 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

"COVID-19 vaccines are limited. Please be patient if a provider near you does not have vaccines available." the release states.

TDHS reports 1,160 people in Bowie County have been vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Wednesday. The JOC cautioned that there is a lag between local vaccinations and TDSHS reporting them.

Bowie County has been allocated 4,425 doses of COVID-19 vaccinations as of Wednesday, 1,500 doses of the vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company Moderna and 2,925 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is currently taking appointments at christushealth.org Patients will be prompted to answer a few screening questions prior to choosing a location nearest them and scheduling an appointment.

Super1 Pharmacy has exhausted its vaccination supply and will update information for the public at 903-832-2258. Brookshire's pharmacy in New Boston has exhausted its vaccination supply and will update information for the public at 903-628-7459.

"CVS and Walgreens are part of the Federal Program to distribute vaccines to long-term care facilities. Those facilities are in the process of receiving their vaccinations for residents and staff currently," the releae states.

(For more information, visit dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx.)

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