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No Plans For More Vaccine For Lamar Or Other Rural Counties…How You Can Help

There are no plans to send any vaccine to Lamar County or any other nearby rural counties. It is time for us to act and explain this is not acceptable to our state’s leaders.

Send letters to:

Imelda Garcia, MPH

Associate Commissioner for Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services

Texas Department of State Health Services

1100 West 49th Street

Austin, Texas 78756-3199

E-Mail: imeldam.garcia@dshs.texas.gov

 

W.NIM KIDD

Texas Division of Emergency Management

P.O. Box 15467

Austin, Texas 78761

E-mail: soc@tdem.texas.gov

 

Senator Ted Cruz

127A Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Main: (512) 916-5834

 

Senator John Cornyn

517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.

Washington, DC 20510

Main: 202-224-2934

 

Office of the Governor

P.O. Box 12428

Austin, Texas 78711-2428

 

Texas Representative Gary VanDeaver

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

e-mail – gary.vandeaver@house.texas.gov

 

Sample letter, feel free to copy and paste.

Dear Commissioner Garcia and Chief Kid,

We learned yesterday that Lamar County would not be receiving additional doses of the vaccine soon. I am writing to you today to reconsider and consider that our poverty rate is very high in our rural communities, and access to transportation is deficient. We feel the decision to send the vaccines to hubs in high-density populations only will result in those living in poverty in rural areas left out of the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

I understand that the Paris Lamar County Health District has support from the City of Paris, Lamar County, and our Emergency Management system. They operate a large scale COVID vaccination hub that could serve Lamar, Fannin, Red River, and Delta Counties. Their team has worked together in mass COVID testing and flu vaccination programs in the past. While flu shots are much less paperwork and observation-intensive than the COVID vaccine, they have hosted flu shot clinics, immunizing 400 people in a day. The Lamar County Health District gave their 200 allocated doses in two days and is fully prepared to provide at least 1,000 a week with the help of our very concerned city, county, emergency management, law enforcement partners, and our local nonprofit social service network.

I also understand that the Paris Regional Medical Center received the 800 Moderna COVID immunizations and prioritized immunizing front-line health care providers. The hospital fully supports the Paris Lamar County Health District taking the lead in further new COVID vaccination coordination in our regional healthcare area.

Without soliciting calls, the Lamar County Health District already has a waiting list of 1,200. It is the ideal hub with the city and county’s support to expand vaccination in Northeast Texas, as we already are a regional medical center for the surrounding rural counties. It would resolve a great deal of anxiety that our group 1B over 65 community members are experiencing if they had one place to call and receive directions about obtaining a vaccine.

Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter and for all the work you have done thus far with this unprecedented health care challenge.

Sincerely,