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Vaccinations

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine

The advent of COVID-19 vaccinations is a positive step in the pandemic fight. Here are some things to know about availability of the vaccine, and some do’s and don’ts to help you during the vaccine rollout.

DO

  • Do your research. Go online and check your primary care provider or local hospital’s website or social media for vaccine availability information.
  • Be patient. Know that vaccines are only available in limited quantities and that vaccinations for health care providers and first responders take precedence.
  • Check your eligibility. The Department of State Health Services website explains who is eligible to receive a vaccine and when.
  • Understand there is regional variability. Some regions may have vaccine available while others may not.

DON’T

  • Don’t just show up. Please do not arrive at your doctor’s office or hospital looking for the vaccine or information.
  • Don’t assume your local provider has vaccine available or that you can be vaccinated right away.

COVID-19 Vaccination

We are not offering vaccinations to community members at this time. Information on vaccination appointments in our area is available through the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. A toll-free number is also available for more information by calling 833-832-7067.

While appointments at these vaccination sites may be full, you can continue to reach out or call 311 for more information.

For the most current information, please follow our social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, all @BaptistHealthSA, as we will be providing updates as we have them.

COVID-19 Booster

Following the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA, the vaccine is administered intramuscularly as a series of TWO doses 3 weeks apart.

The EUA dosing instruction does not currently include any information regarding a 3rd dose. At this time, providing a 3rd dose is not authorized.

Pfizer is currently seeking FDA/CDC approval for a 3rd dose, but at this time the EUA does not allow us to give a 3rd dose.

Continued Use of Masks

Baptist Health System will continue to maintain our strict infection prevention measures to help ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees. All employees must continue to wear a mask, social distance, and practice frequent hand hygiene while at work. In addition, we will continue to require all patients and visitors to our hospitals to wear a mask while in the hospital. We also strongly recommend that everyone continue to wear a mask, social distance, and practice frequent hand hygiene to protect your family and yourself and to help slow community spread.

We’re here for you, your family and our community.

Baptist Health System works closely with the Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to any potential novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in our area. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we take every precaution to keep you, your family, our staff and our community safe.

Our COVID SAFE Standards

COVID SAFE standards are built upon deep clinical expertise from previous crises and on-going management of COVID-19, as well as continuous incorporation of CDC, CMS and State recommendations. They are a rigorous combination of infection prevention processes, training, testing, personal protective equipment and technology. Our COVID SAFE standards includes six components:
  • Distinct COVID SAFE and COVID CARE Zones – separate areas with clear signage and protocols
  • Rigorous Physician and Staff Protocols – daily screening, universal masking and access to PPE
  • Heightened Sanitization – enhanced cleaning of surfaces and plenty of hand sanitization stations
  • Access to COVID-19 Testing – in-house, rapid testing for patients, physician and staff who require it
  • Precautions for Patients and Visitors – provision of face masks, hand sanitizer and physical distancing
  • Enhanced Virtual Access – virtual care, remote monitoring and connectivity with loved ones

Additional Precautions

  • All outside groups and other events are canceled until further notice.
  • Entry into care sites is being limited. Anyone who enters will be screened carefully and requested to sanitize their hands.
  • Valet services are currently closed.
Protocols continue to adapt in real-time to follow federal and local health agency guidelines.

As A Community Built on Care, we are here for you when you need us. For more information about novel coronavirus, go to the CDC website.

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