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CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System Encouraging Patience as Vaccine Roll Out Continues in South Texas January 4, 2021

San Antonio, TX – CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System understands the importance of administering COVID vaccines to those who need it most, including our vulnerable populations. That is why we are working so hard to vaccinate people who fall into Phase 1A and Phase 1B as defined by the State of Texas.

However, to ensure the distribution process does not overwhelm both our community members and our hospitals, we encourage people not to walk up to our hospitals for vaccine clinics.

Our hospitals are working hard to fulfill all scheduled appointments and provide vaccinations to our health care workers, including those who are due for their second dose of the vaccine. Because of that, we cannot guarantee that those who walk up will receive a vaccine – even if they are in the prioritized groups of Tier 1B: people who are 65 years of age and older and those over 16 with at least one chronic medical condition.

We are diligently working to turn the process for vaccinating people in Phase 1B over to select CHRISTUS Santa Rosa clinics and outpatient care locations, which are better prepared to provide this type of care to large groups of the public. This will also help our health care workers who continue to provide excellent, compassionate care on the front lines of this pandemic for our patients with COVID and other medical needs.

At this time, vaccination appointments at our clinics for those in Phase 1B are all full. However, we hope to have additional appointments available as early as mid-week. Members of Phase 1B are encouraged to check back regularly for open appointments, as more vaccine supply becomes available from the state. People will be able to visit the CHRISTUS Health website and use an online chat function to sign up for appointments when they are available.

However, we will reach out and share more about how to schedule appointments online when they become available. In the meantime, we ask for patience as we work through this transition and to prioritize those most impacted by this deadly virus.

“Our goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities of vaccine are available. In the meantime, caregivers will closely follow State of Texas guidelines and recommendations for who will be prioritized for administration,” said Marisa Emmons, MD, MHA, FAAFP, Vice President of Clinic Operations, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System and Medical Director, CHRISTUS Physician Group. “At this time, until supplies are increased, only patients with appointments can be accommodated. As soon as appointments are available, we will communicate to our patients and to the public about the proper steps for screening and scheduling those in Tier 1B for vaccines.”