TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System has been named a
COVID-19 Vaccination Hub by the State of Texas to serve the Texarkana area.
To open the first weekend of vaccinations, the hospital has received 2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine. The goal is to vaccinate up to 1,000 qualified patients a day by appointment only. This weekend vaccination clinic is full but officials encourage locals to keep a watch for future openings.
According to hospital officials, they are working in partnership with Bowie County, the City of Texarkana, TX, the Emergency Operations Center, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, and Texarkana
College to provide vaccinations.
Vaccines are designated for individuals in the 1A and 1B categories. Criteria include:
- Health care workers
- 65 years of age and older
- 18 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for several illnesses from the virus that causes COVID-19, including but not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies
- Solid-organ transplant
- Obesity and severe obesity (BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
“We don’t have any requirements for residency, so you don’t have to live in Texas or Arkansas or even Oklahoma or Louisiana really. It’s just, do you qualify from a medical standpoint with an underlying condition or age,” said Dr. Loren Robinson.
The vaccinations are free for those who qualify. Hospital officials ask that you wear loose clothing to receive the shot in your arm.
To make an appointment, call (877) 335-5746 or visit vaccinate.christushealth.org.