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Michelle Aycoth

Sounds very disorganized. I am disappointed in our county.

E.J Petree

Michelle, your comment is spot on. It appears that there was a lack of planning on the part of UTMB and the Health District. UTMB uses the excuse that the vaccine arrived 3 weeks early for their lack of a plan. They had months to plan for the vaccination distribution.

I live in a small down west of Katy and our local grocery store/pharmacy has distributed more vaccine at this point than the Galveston Health District.

The vaccine is sitting on shelves while people are dying.

Jim Forsythe

The larger hubs will be required to set up registration phone numbers and websites and to concentrate their efforts on hard-hit populations in their surrounding areas, the agency said. They will be directed to continue vaccinating health care workers, people who are 65 and older, and those with medical conditions that increase their risk.

“These vaccination hubs will provide people in those priority populations with identifiable sites where vaccination is occurring and a simpler way to sign-up for an appointment with each provider,” the statement read.

Health care workers, people age 65 and older, and those with high-risk medical conditions will be able to use the hubs. The providers are expected to provide a registration number and website, as well as focusing on areas and populations hit hardest by COVID-19 while vaccinating individuals from surrounding areas, according to the DSHS.

In Texas 1A group includes an estimated 1.9 million people. The 1B group has an estimated 8 million people, although state officials said an undetermined number of people fall under both groups.

Paula Flinn

I have to commend UTMB for their organization and swift response to receiving and distributing the vaccine they received early. They set up an appointment chart through MyChart and quickly dispensed the vaccine with no waiting the afternoon that I was there. I am in the 1B group.

Jose' Boix

Agree with the general feeling of "not having a County vaccination plan." We both are 1B and my wife has registered with UTMB MyChart with no response. Have dialed the posted numbers as well with no success. Looks like the "luck of the draw" plan so far.

Joe Mancuso

Jose', I used UTMB MyChart last week to schedule my vaccine appointment which will happen tomorrow. It took me a while to actually find the entry point for scheduling a vaccine appointment but once I did, it only took 2-3 minutes to complete the registration and schedule an appointment. Both you and your wife will probably need MyChart accounts.

Here's what I had to do:

After logging in to MyChart, select "Visits" then "Schedule an Appointment".

On the right side of the page you'll see "Tell us why you're coming in".

You may have to scroll down some to see "Covid Vaccine High Risk Patients and Employees" which you should select.

This should take you into the vaccine appointment scheduling process.

Hope it works for you.

Joe Mancuso

Hey, Jose', I've got an update on my previous post. My appointment was for Wednesday, Jan 13, not Tuesday, Jan 12. It's now 7:40 pm on Monday, Jan 11 and I just received an email telling me that UTMB did not get get their expected supply of the vaccine from the state and that my appointment (and my wife's) has been cancelled. They will automatically reschedule me when they do receive their shipment.

Elizabeth Montgomery

If Mark Henry would work WITH the Governor, instead of finger pointing, perhaps then the citizens of this county that are 1B, like myself, could get vaccinated before we get dead!

Harvey Mueller

Elizabeth - Perhaps if the Governor would rely on medical professionals and local officials rather than run it all from Austin. Why was there a sudden push to get doses out immediately rather than use the system in place.

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