Why is vaccination important?
According to the World Health Organization:
Vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent disease and save lives – now more than ever. Today there are vaccines available to protect against at least 20 diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza and measles. Together, these vaccines save the lives of up to 3 million people every year.
When we get vaccinated, we aren’t just protecting ourselves, but also those around us. Some people, like those who are seriously ill, are advised not to get certain vaccines – so they depend on the rest of us to get vaccinated and help reduce the spread of disease.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination continues to be critically important. The pandemic has caused a decline in the number of children receiving routine immunizations, which could lead to an increase in illness and death from preventable diseases. WHO has urged countries to ensure that essential immunization and health services continue, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.More information about the importance of vaccines is available here.
Who in Texas can get vaccinated for COVID-19?
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, as of right now individuals in the following categories are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:
Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities
People 65+ or people 16+ with a health condition that increases risk of severe COVID‑19 illness, including but not limited to:
Chronic kidney disease
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a more complete list of health conditions that do or may increase the risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19, according to the latest scientific research. People with medical conditions listed there qualify for vaccination in Texas. Other conditions may increase the risk from COVID-19. Talk to your health care provider for more information.
People 50 to 64 years of age
School and Licensed Child Care Personnel:
With the federal directive, the following education and child care personnel are now eligible to be vaccinated in Texas:
Those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools;
Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers); and
Those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.
This is a chart taken from the Texas Department of State Health Services:
Texas continues to receive doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, and is distributing statewide to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs, and other clinics.
Spring 2021 is the best estimate of when the vaccine will be available for the general public, but that may change. It depends on vaccine production and how quickly other vaccines become available. Please check this page regularly for updates.
Telehealth in Humble, TX
When it comes to getting quality medical care, the physicians, NPs, and other healthcare providers at Wellspire Medical Group in Humble, TX are dedicated to finding solutions for your specific needs. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, our physicians are currently offering telehealth appointments in order to help social distancing efforts. We are doing this as a way to reduce patients sharing space. With online appointments with your physician, you can skip the waiting room and see your physician from the comfort of your own home. Contact us today to learn more about the physicians working at our clinics, and to schedule an appointment for your health!
Wellspire Medical Group
Whether you have a medical concern you want to address with a physician or are seeking long-term management and care for a condition you already have been diagnosed with, Wellspire is here for you. We believe every patient deserves a treatment plan that works for their specific needs and lifestyle. At the first sign of an issue, come into one of our two medical facilities. If you do not have an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate you at one of our locations. Wellspire Medical Group proudly serves Atascocita, Humble and surrounding areas. We have been part of Northeast Houston as the Mehta Medical Group for 30 years. Our name change reflects our broader scope of services. In other words, we are working hard to “Inspire Better Health!”
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