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Local health officials begin to concentrate vaccination efforts on smaller communities

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 6:53 PM CDT
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NOLANVILLE, Texas (KWTX)—A hundred Nolanville residents got their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday at a clinic set up by the Bell County Public Health District and Bell County Emergency Management.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity and it’s so much easier for us to be able to help people get the vaccine here in our own city,” resident Irene Andrews said.

Andrews is a volunteer who worked with city leaders to help get elderly residents signed up for vaccination appointments.

“We are calling them personally. They don’t have to have email or (have a) smart phone. We’ll help them. (They’re) just one phone call away from getting their vaccine,” Andrews said.

Andrews, using a telehealth van from the city, has also been providing rides for residents to and from the vaccination site.

The Nolanville vaccination clinic is scheduled to administer about 100 vaccinations every Wednesday this month but, Jennifer Henager, Bell County’s deputy emergency management coordinator, said she believes the clinic will be expanded to administer more doses.

The next clinic is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 24.

Nolanville residents can sign up by calling (254) 368-9689.

Heager said the county is looking at more partnerships with churches, cities and schools to host more targeted clinics.

“We have several school districts that are interested in being a vaccine site for their communities,” Henager said.

“So, after spring break we’ll get in touch with them and see what that looks like.”

In Nolanville the clinic was held in an extension building at the Central Bell County Fire and Rescue on Main Street.

The city began construction last year on the extension building, which was partially paid for by CARES Act funds.

“We were looking, and the decision was to build an addition here to help with COVID testing and vaccines along with the EMS training,” Fire Chief Douglas McKinney said.

McKinney said when the building is no longer needed for COVID-19 response, it will be converted into a telemedicine facility where residents can speak with a healthcare professional via a computer.

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