One-dose COVID-19 vaccine available in Palestine

by Staff reports

PALESTINE – One hundred spots remain at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine site at Palestine Regional Medical Center, 4000 Texas Loop 256, which is offering one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines for Tier 1A and 1B recipients outlined by the CDC, according to organizers.

The vaccine is free,"however, there are costs associated with providing this service to the community," a release states, adding that patients need to a health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid card, as an administration fee may be billed to that agency, but not to the recipient.

Recipients also need to bring their ID, organizers said.

First Tier includes

• Paid and unpaid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are

positive or at high risk for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to:

o Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff,


o Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic

and/or rehabilitation services

o Others having direct contact with patients or infectious materials

• Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes:

o Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state

supported living centers

o Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff

• EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and


• Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with

vulnerable and high-risk patients

• Residents of long-term care facilities

Second Tier includes

• Staff in outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients. Such as but

not limited to:

o Physicians, nurses, and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)

o Clinical staff providing diagnostic, laboratory, and/or rehabilitation services

o Non 9-1-1 transport for routine care

o Healthcare workers in corrections and detention facilities

• Direct care staff in freestanding emergency medical care facilities and urgent care clinics

• Community pharmacy staff who may provide direct services to clients, including

vaccination or testing for individuals who may have COVID

• Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administration of COVID

testing and vaccinations

• Last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19.


o Embalmers and funeral home workers who have direct contact with decedents

o Medical examiners and other medical certifiers who have direct contact with


• School nurses who provide health care to students and teachers

Non-eligible recipients include: Those ages 18 and younger, who have received a vaccine within the last 14 days, who have received convalescent plasma within 90 days or who have received monoclonal antibody within 90 days.

Completed and printed COVID pre-vaccination screening and an immunization registry forms must be brought to the appointment; these will be emailed when a person books an appointment. Go to and click on links for forms. Individuals also may register there for a vaccine time slot, for which confirmation will be sent by email.

Registrants will receive a reminder email 24 hours before an appointment; officials said it is highly recommended for a recipient to be observed for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine.
The website – which closes once all spots are accounted for – also has a COVID-19 Janssen Vaccine EUA fact sheet as well as a V-Safe information sheet, for those seeking more details.