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Vaccine provider discusses distribution

As vaccines continue to roll out, one of Laredo’s vaccine providers shares how they set out to distribute thousands of vaccines in the last couple of days.
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 10:24 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - As vaccines continue to roll out, one of Laredo’s vaccine providers shares how they set out to distribute thousands of vaccines in the last couple of days.

According to the state’s website, there are 16 vaccine providers in Laredo, meaning these facilities were vetted by the state to obtain and administrate the COVID vaccine to the public.

On the Texas Health and Human Services website, it shows that each provider got different amounts of the vaccines, some just a couple hundred and others in the thousands.

Laredo Emergency Room is noticeably the location that received the most vaccines, reporting it obtained 5,000 of them.

Doctor Jeff Shellenberger with Laredo Emergency Room says after informing the state of the refrigeration equipment it had, the state calculated 5,000 could be stored properly there.

Shellenberger says it first began administering to people under 1A tier.

He says the clinic then reached out to the City of Laredo to put on a vaccination drive.

Laredo Emergency Room says it donated vaccines which were used in the three day drive thru that ended Monday.

He adds during the span of those three days about 90% of its vaccine supply was given to the public.

“During the three day drive we were able to distribute over 3,000 of our own vaccines,” said Dr. Shellenberger. “A total of 3,500 were given if you do the math that about one vaccine being given every 20 seconds. When it comes to the vaccines we were never planning to charge a fee. This is all completely voluntarily, all the staff time, all the resources, all the nurses and paramedics giving the vaccine.”

When asked about rumors of hoarding and preferential treatment, Shellenberger assures they have been explicitly following the state’s tier order.

Its remaining supply from this first shipment will go to local physicians’ offices and nursing homes.

Dr. Shellenberger says since all of its first shipment vaccines are accounted for, no walk-in’s are being accepted.

He adds the state has not notified them of when a second batch of vaccines could be expected.

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