Save Our Seniors Initiative to Provide 200 Covid-19 Vaccines for Shelby County (Updated)

Clinic is over

March 4, 2021 - (Update): Save our Seniors:

There are still appointments left for the COVID vaccination clinic being held today at the Windham Civic Center. Military medical personnel are conducting the clinic.

Any one in Category 1A-Frontline Healthcare workers Or Category 1B-People 65+ or people 16+ with a health condition that increases risk of severe COVID‑19 illness can schedule an appointment by calling 936-591-4050 before 3pm today.

March 2, 2021 - (Update): The home bound appointments are all taken at this time. There are still appointments available for the clinic site at the Civic Center on Thursday, March 4th. The vaccine will be administered by military medical staff and will be Pfizer vaccine that is a 2 dose vaccine.

Shelby County has been chosen as one of the first counties in Texas to utilize the Save Our Seniors Initiative to provide Covid-19 vaccine to people over the age of 75 or those who are homebound and cannot travel to receive the vaccine. Shelby County will be holding a clinic Thursday, March 4, 2021 at the Windham Civic Center. 

Governor Abbott, TDEM Launch First Week Of Save Our Seniors Initiative In 26 Counties

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency (TDEM), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Texas Military Department (TMD) have announced 26 participating counties for the first week of the Save Our Seniors initiative. The Governor announced the Save Our Seniors program in Corpus Christi last week to ensure more seniors are vaccinated throughout the state.

The state has allocated up to 8,000 vaccine doses for the first week of the program, which the state will use in partnership with local officials and service organizations to target Texans who are 75 years and older or homebound. TDEM and TMD will work alongside local jurisdictions to set up a central drive-through vaccine clinic in the community or administer directly to homebound seniors — these decisions will be driven by local jurisdictions based on their most vulnerable identified individuals.

"The Save Our Seniors program will help us reach vulnerable homebound seniors across the state and provide them with live-saving COVID-19 vaccines," said Governor Abbott. "As more communities are identified and selected for the program, we will be able to get more shots in arms and further strengthen our response to this virus."

Counties participating in the first round of the program are Aransas, Bastrop, Brewster, Brooks, Brown, Cass, Dallas, Eastland, Freestone, Gray, Hill, Hockley, Hudspeth, Hutchinson, Irion, Lee, McCulloch, Medina, Morris, Panola, Rains, Refugio, Robertson, San Jacinto, Shelby, and Webb.

In coordination with local and state partners, counties and cities have been selected based on data provided from DSHS related to the following factors:

  1. The state targeted areas with ongoing high hospitalizations;
  2. The state looked at the number of approved providers serving the area;
  3. The state took into account areas who reported no more than approximately a third vaccinated for seniors;
  4. The state took into account total allocations over the previous 12 weeks;
  5. The state utilized data showing the least vaccinated counties for both 65+ and 75+ administered doses;
  6. The state focused on allocating vaccine equitably across the state.