EDINBURG, Texas – DHR Health has won praise for the way it has been providing COVID-19 vaccines to the general public.
Dr. Alison Garza, MD, a family practice doctor from Edinburg, participated in a mass vaccination effort DHR recently hosted at the Bert Ogden Arena.
“DHR has organized all of this. I was asked to help organize the medical volunteers and I can say without a doubt that this has been the best run, best organized event I have ever done for the community,” Garza said, during the event. She has been practicing medicine in the Rio Grande Valley for over 25 years.
“This is on a mass scale and right from the top I have had communications with the director. If I need anything, if I need more chairs, if I need more people I have had all of my requests answered immediately,” Garza said.
“DHR Health has been amazing to the community, to get the word out and also to those of us volunteering.”
Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro Salinas were among those to be given the vaccine.
“Our experience today, getting the COVID vaccine was exceptional. Thanks to DHR Health that they put it together and they organized it. We are grateful that it is being provided for the community,” Mrs. Salinas said.
Ron Ozuna is a clinical pharmacy manager for DHR. He helped plan the mss vaccination event.
“We’re administering 6,500 vaccinations, tremendous turnout, our workflow has been tremendous. We have a total of 40 vaccinators onside that are vaccinating our community. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to do that right now,” Ozuna said.
Ozuna noted that the vaccines have been prepared on-site.
“We have a total of about 20 technicians and pharmacists that are assisting with the preparation. We are working very efficiently to get the doses out, being good stewards of the vaccine, making sure the vaccine is very well secured and prepared, prepared accurately and administered the best way possible to our community.”
Jan. 22 and 23, DHR is providing a second dose of the Moderna vaccine at the Edinburg Conference at Renaissance. Those eligible would have received their first dose of Moderna between December 25, 2020 and December 27, 2020 at DHR Health.
No first doses will be administered. No one who received a first dose at a location other than DHR Health will be allowed to get their second dose through DHR.
To date, DHR Health has administered 22,500 doses of vaccine, and hasfully vaccinated 5,850 people in the Rio Grande Valley.
Dr. John H. Krouse, dean of the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, held a webinar on Thursday to give an update on the COVID-19 vaccine. Krouse said thus far, UTRGV has distributed 9,000 vaccines. He said the university has had requests from 56,000 people requesting the vaccine. As the university does not currently have enough doses to meet demand, it has stopped accepting new applications. “We’re getting thousands of calls daily,” Krouse acknowledged.
Currently, UTRGV is administering the vaccine to the UTRGV family, healthcare professionals and the elderly. He asked the rest of the general public to be patient.
“We will be giving vaccines as rapidly as we get them,” Krouse said. “Our limitation is not our staff, it is not our ability to give them. We have the capacity to give up to 2,000 shots a day. The issue is getting the doses in.”
Here is the Krouse webinar:
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