W.C. Smith Building

Panola College’s W.C. Smith Building on West Panola Street in Carthage.

Hope Community Medicine’s Carthage clinic is taking names for people in both the 1A and 1B groups who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The clinic, located in the W.C. Smith Building at Panola College, received 100 doses of the vaccine as part of this week’s state allotment; they were planning to start vaccinating people Wednesday morning.

The 1A group includes frontline health care workers and long-term care facility residents, while the 1B group includes people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions — people 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart conditions, type two diabetes, pregnancy and others, according to Texas Department of State Health Services.

Hope Community Medicine said it would first try to vaccinate any people in the 1A group who want it, but then they would also begin to vaccinate people in the 1B group as they can to ensure that no vaccine dose goes wasted. Once vaccine bottles are opened, those giving out the vaccine have five hours to use all the does before they expire.

Hope Community Medicine said it would be calling people on their waiting list in groups of 10 to be vaccinated. Once given the first shot, those people will set up an appointment to receive their booster shot four weeks later. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines offer between 94 and 95 percent effectiveness two weeks after the booster shot.

The shot is free to everyone, with or without insurance.

People in the 1A or 1B groups who want to get the vaccine should call Hope Community Medicine’s Carthage clinic at (903) 690-8395.

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