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Tate Barber and Patsy Meck spent an afternoon earlier this year handing out gift cards to local restaurants to essential workers who stayed open during the COVID-19 shutdown, such as the Brookshire’s pharmacy employees.

The Brookshire Brothers in Carthage has been allocated 500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and says it expects to begin offering the vaccine to healthcare workers and residents of long-term facilities. Brookshire’s initial vaccine allotment is part of a larger statewide vaccine allocation that was rolling out as early as Monday. The CDC is delivering 460,500 doses of the vaccine manufactured by Moderna and 159,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in Week 2 of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

Brookshire Brothers, in a statement, said the vaccine will be available in a phased approach, “with the first doses being offered to healthcare workers and residents of long term healthcare facilities, followed by essential workers and other high risk individuals. It is expected to be available to the general public by spring or early summer of 2021 and will be administered at no cost to patients.”

“This is consistent with our commitment to being a trusted resource for our communities,” Laura Edmundson, Director of Clinical Pharmacy Programs at Brookshire Brothers, said. “Pharmacists and their staff are some of the most accessible healthcare professionals in the nation, and we stand ready to help increase access and convenience for people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, once it is approved and available to us.”

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