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GOOD MORNING,

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EVERYONE.

[COVID-19 Vaccine Update]

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

WE WERE TRYING TO WORK OUT THE KINKS HERE, SOME AUDIO ISSUES AND WHAT HAVE YOU, BUT HOPEFULLY WE'VE SETTLED THAT IN.

AND IF YOU'RE NOT LET US KNOW PLEASE, UH, BECAUSE, UH, HE WOULD WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN HEAR US AS I'M THE SOUND GUY.

SO WITH THE CITY OF GARLAND'S MEDIA RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, JOINING ME THIS MORNING IS JASON SCHAEFFER, THE MANAGING HEALTH DIRECTOR FOR THE CITY OF GARLAND, AS WELL AS DIANA BEELER, THE HEALTH ADMINISTRATOR HERE, I, AND TODAY WE WILL BE TALKING THE COVID-19 VACCINE BECAUSE SWELLING.

THAT'S WHAT, THAT'S WHAT A LOT OF FOLKS ARE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW.

UH, JASON, WE HAVE BRAND NEW INFORMATION THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH FOLKS, BUT FIRST LET'S START OFF WITH, WITH THE LATEST NUMBERS NATIONWIDE.

WE'RE REALLY, I MEAN, THOSE NUMBERS HAVE NOT GONE DOWN AND HERE IN GARLAND, UH, THEY HAVE NOT EITHER.

SO TELL US THE LATEST NUMBERS.

SO YOU JUST GOT SOME THIS MORNING.

THESE NUMBERS ARE ACTUALLY, UM, AS OF TODAY, AND THEY'RE THE MOST UP-TO-DATE NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE, THEY'LL SEEM TO BE OUR WEBSITE WILL SOON BE UPDATED WITH THESE NUMBERS.

UM, SO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POSITIVE CASES AS OF TODAY IS 15,631.

SO WE ADDED 231 CASES TODAY, UM, TO BREAK THAT DOWN, UH, 33,498 OF THOSE CASES ARE CONSIDERED ACTIVE.

SO THOSE ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN INFECTED AND HAVE NOT YET MET THE END OF THEIR, UH, UM, ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE PERIOD.

UM, THAT REPRESENTS ABOUT 22% OF THE ACTIVE CASES.

UH, WE HAVE ABOUT 12,000, 12,010, UH, OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS HAVE RECOVERED.

SO THEY BECOME INFECTED.

THEY'VE MET THE END OF MONITORING CAT CRITERIA AND THEY ARE PRESUMABLY BACK TO NORMAL LIFE.

NOW THAT REPRESENTS ABOUT 77% OF THE TOTAL CASELOAD.

AND THEN UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE 123 DEATHS.

SO THERE, THERE HAVE BEEN TWO DEATHS ADDED SINCE YESTERDAY.

AND AGAIN, THAT NUMBER WILL SOON BE UPDATED ON OUR, UH, CITY WEBPAGE THAT REPRESENTS ABOUT EIGHT TENTHS OF 1% OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INFECTED INDIVIDUALS.

AND JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA, THE, THE PERCENTAGE OF GARLAND POPULATION THAT HAS BEEN INFECTED BY COVID FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC TO UNTIL TODAY IS ABOUT 6.4%.

SO THAT WORKS OUT TO ABOUT ONE IN EVERY 17 GARLAND RESIDENTS HAS BEEN INFECTED BY.

COVID-19 A BIG NUMBER THERE, AND WE DO HAVE SOME, AND YOU GUYS, I THOUGHT I WAS DONE WITH IT WITH COVERING BREAKING NEWS, BUT WE, WE DID GET A BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING.

I MEAN, JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO.

I MEAN, YOU'VE GOT NEW INFORMATION.

IN FACT, UH, YOU DIDN'T REALLY HAVE TIME TO, UH, TO SEND THE WORD OUT IF YOU WILL, TO SOME FOLKS.

AND SO, BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS, AND SO YEAH, WE'RE, WE'RE GETTING, WE'VE GOT THIS CONFIRMATION THAT WE'RE GETTING SEVERAL HUNDRED DOSES OF THE VACCINE.

YEAH.

SO IT'S A KIND OF A COINCIDENCE THAT WE'RE HAVING THIS A FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO WE'D PLAN THIS, AS YOU SAID FOR SEVERAL DAYS AND THE ANTICIPATION WAS TO, UH, PROVIDE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE VACCINE.

WELL, UH, LATE YESTERDAY WE RECEIVED WORD THAT THE CITY OF GARLAND WILL RECEIVE 900 DOSES OF THE MODERN VACCINE.

SO THAT'S, UH, ABSOLUTELY GREAT NEWS.

AND I GOT TO TELL YOU, UM, I, WE, ALTHOUGH WE HAD BEEN PREPARING TO RECEIVE VACCINES FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, UM, I'M SURPRISED THAT WE'VE GOTTEN THEM THIS EARLY.

I'M PLEASANTLY SURPRISED.

I DON'T KNOW IF I'VE HEARD OTHER CITIES HAVE THEY OR DALLAS COUNTY, EVERY WE HEARD ABOUT ANY, UH, ANYBODY ELSE GETTING THEM.

UH, I HAVE NOT.

I THINK WE HAVE ONE PROVIDER IN GARLAND I'M AWARE OF IN GARLAND, BUT AS FAR AS OTHER CITIES I'VE NOT HEARD.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, SO FOLKS ARE GOING TO ASK AND, AND, AND WE WANT TO MENTION THAT YOU ALL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, YOU KNOW, LET US KNOW, YOU KNOW, UH, WRITE YOUR QUESTION DOWN.

UM, AND WE'LL, WE'LL, WE'LL, WE'LL TRY TO ANSWER IT FOR YOU, BUT FOLKS WHO ARE WANTING OKAY, SO 900.

OKAY.

SO WHO'S GOING TO GET THEM FIRST.

HOW, HOW, HOW WILL YOU WORK THAT OUT? CAN I, CAN I SIGN UP AND ALL THOSE QUESTIONS? SO, SO YEAH.

HOW, HOW, HOW ARE YOU DETERMINING WHO WILL GET THEM FIRST? UH, GREAT QUESTIONS.

ALL OF THEM.

SO THE, UH, THE PRIORITIZATION FOR VACCINES HAS BEEN SET BY THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES AND, AND WE, AND EVERY OTHER JURISDICTION AND PROVIDER ARE GOING TO FOLLOW THAT LIST OF PRIORITIZATION.

SO FOR THE INITIAL DOSES, THE PRIORITY GROUP IS HEALTHCARE WORKERS, WHICH, UM, IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, IT MAKES SENSE BECAUSE THESE ARE THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE PROVIDING CARE AND WILL PRESUMABLY BE PROVIDING IMMUNIZATIONS.

BUT RIGHT NOW THEY'RE PROVIDING CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE INFECTED WITH COVID.

SO THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT WE WANT TO, WE WANT TO PROTECT FIRST.

AND WHEN I SAY HEALTHCARE WORKERS, THAT INCLUDES HOSPITAL STAFF, UM, IT INCLUDES, UM, STAFF IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES.

UH, IT INCLUDES THE FIRE PARAMEDICS AND EMS, UH, FOLKS THAT TRANSPORT SICK PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL.

UH, IT INCLUDES HOME HEALTH

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CARE WORKERS, HOSPICE WORKERS, UH, AND THE LIKE, AND IT ALSO INCLUDES RESIDENTS OF LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES.

SO THAT GROUP, UM, THOSE, THOSE FIVE GROUPS THAT I MENTIONED WILL BE THE ONES TO RECEIVE THESE FIRST 900 DOSES.

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS, IS THAT IF YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO, WE'RE GOING TO RAPIDLY ADMINISTER THESE 900 DOSES.

WE'VE, WE'VE GOT A PLAN IN PLACE WE'VE ALREADY TALKED WITH WITH OUR FIRE CHIEFS.

UM, AND THE, THE MORE QUICKLY WE ADMINISTER THOSE DOSES, THE MORE DOSES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE CITY OF GARLAND.

SO, OKAY.

WE, UH, WE ARE IN A RACE FOR TIME.

AS SOON AS THAT, NOW THAT THE VACCINES HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO US, THEY'VE NOT YET BEEN DELIVERED.

WE'RE TOLD THERE'LL BE DELIVERED NEXT WEEK.

I DON'T HAVE A DATE, BUT NEXT WEEK, WEEK OF CHRISTMAS, UH, AND WE'RE, WE'RE MAKING PLANS TO IMMEDIATELY THOSE VACCINES.

AND NOW THOSE 900 THOUGH, WILL IT BE ENOUGH TO COVER ALL THESE FOLKS YOU MENTIONED? UH, NO, IT WILL BE.

I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY IT WILL, IT'LL COVER A PORTION OF THEM.

UM, AND OF COURSE THE GOAL IS TO GET THOSE VACCINES IN THE ARMS OF THESE INDIVIDUALS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

AND THEN WE'LL, WE'LL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE MORE VACCINE TO COMPLETELY COVER THE FIRST TIER GROUP, WHICH, YOU KNOW, THEN WE'LL BE ABLE TO, TO EXPAND THE AVAILABILITY TO, UH, YOU KNOW, THE FOLKS OVER 65, THE HIGH RISK INDIVIDUALS.

SO THE MORE, THE QUICKER WE CAN VACCINATE PEOPLE WITH THESE VACCINES AND USE THEM UP THE BETTER OFF OUR COMMUNITY IS BECAUSE WE'LL HAVE MORE VACCINES AVAILABLE TO MORE PEOPLE.

WHAT ABOUT THE, THE PFIZER VACCINE? WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD AS WE KNOW THOSE HAVE ALREADY BEEN, BEEN GOING OUT, BEING DISTRIBUTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND, AND EVEN ADMINISTERED AS WELL? WHAT, WHAT'S THE LATEST ON THAT IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, IF GARLAND IS GETTING SOME OF THOSE, UH, WE'VE, WE'VE NOT, UM, NOT HAD ANY INDICATION THAT WE WILL BE RECEIVING ANY PFIZER VACCINES, AT LEAST YET.

NOW THAT CERTAINLY DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE WON'T GET PFIZER VACCINES IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

BUT INITIALLY, AS YOU SAID, THE PFIZER VACCINES, UH, DISTRIBUTION BEGAN DIRECTLY TO HOSPITALS AND LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES LAST WEEK.

SO, UM, AND, AND AT THAT TIME, PFIZER WAS THE ONLY VACCINE WITH AN EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION.

SO, UM, IT'S SEEMS LIKE THE BULK OF THE PFIZER VACCINES HAVE GONE TO THOSE FACILITIES.

OF COURSE, THE MEDINA HASN'T EVEN RECEIVED EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION, BUT THAT'S FORTHCOMING IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, UM, WHICH IS WHY WE'VE BEEN GIVEN AN ALLOCATION AND WHY IT'LL BE SHIPPED TO US NEXT WEEK.

THE PFIZER VACCINE, OF COURSE, EVERYBODY'S PROBABLY HEARD THAT IT, IT POSES SOME LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES IN TERMS OF STORAGE.

IT REQUIRES ULTRA COLD STORAGE, WHICH IS A NEGATIVE 70 DEGREES CELSIUS, UH, WHICH IS A CHALLENGE.

AND IT CAN ONLY BE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR A VERY SHORT TIME.

UM, WE'VE BEEN MAKING PREPARATIONS AND IF WE GET PFIZER VACCINES, WE HAVE THE PREPARATIONS IN PLACE TO BE ABLE TO, UH, SAFELY STORE IT AND RAPIDLY ADMINISTER IT.

BUT, UM, IT WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE TO GET THE MODERN ABACK, BECAUSE IT DOES NOT REQUIRE ULTRA COLD STORAGE, MUCH EASIER TO, MUCH EASIER TO STORE AND HANDLE.

YEAH.

AND, AND, AND I WILL TELL FOLKS, UH, YOU KNOW, BEHIND THE SCENES, YOU KNOW, YOU ALL HELP DEPARTMENT, UH, SCHOOL DISTRICT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, POLICE DEPARTMENT, UH, WELL, THE CITIES OF SEXY AND RALLIED, I MEAN, YOU ALL CONSTANTLY ARE TALKING.

I MEAN, I, WOULD I BE CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT YOUR CALENDAR LOOKS LIKE AS I'M SURE IT SAYS ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM MEETINGS ALL THE TIME.

CAUSE IT Y'ALL ARE ALWAYS JUST, JUST TALKING, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I'M Y'ALL ARE NOT ONLY TALK, BUT ALSO WELL DISCUSS AND PLAN AND COORDINATE AND, AND, AND, AND SHARE IDEAS AND PLANS.

AND WHAT HAVE YOU, I MEAN, IF ONE SAYS, HEY, I NEED THIS.

YOU ALL ARE QUICK TO, SO, SO THAT'S, WHAT'S HAPPENING FOLKS BEHIND THE SCENES THAT YOU ALL MAY NOT KNOW IS THAT THERE'S A LOT OF PLANNING GOING ON AND THERE'S A OF DISCUSSIONS GOING ON, HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO IT AND HOW WILL IT WORK? AND SO, UM, WELL, LET'S, I'M SORRY TO INTERRUPT, BUT IF I MAY, I APPRECIATE YOU MENTIONING THAT BECAUSE, UM, MANY RESIDENTS MAY NOT KNOW THAT, THAT THE GARLAND HEALTH AUTHORITY, DR.

TIM LAMBERT, UH, HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE HEALTH AUTHORITY FOR GARLAND APPOINTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AS THE HEALTH AUTHORITY FOR GARLAND.

UH, AND THE SAME THING HAS HAPPENED FOR THE CITIES OF SAXY AND RALLIES.

SO HE IS THE COMMON HEALTH AUTHORITY FOR ALL THREE CITIES.

AND IF YOU'RE A RESIDENT OF GARLAND, YOU MAY ASK, WELL, WHY IS THAT? WELL IT'S BECAUSE OF THE GARLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THEY'RE, UH, UH, OPEN UP, WHAT DO THEY CALL IT? OPEN ENROLLMENT, OPEN ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS. SO KIDDOS IN GARLAND MAY GO TO G I S D SCHOOLS AND RALLIED OR SAXY AND VICE VERSA.

SO LONG BEFORE ANYBODY EVER THOUGHT ABOUT COVID, UM, FOR THE TWO TO MAKE IT EASIER AND MORE EFFICIENT TO INVESTIGATE AND PREVENT DISEASE SPREAD, PARTICULARLY IN SCHOOLS, THOSE THREE JURISDICTIONS ADOPTED DR.

LAMBERT AND IT'S WORKED OUT WELL WITH COVID BECAUSE AS YOU SAID,

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WE'RE WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH THE, UM, THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS, HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, POLICE DEPARTMENTS FROM GARLAND RELAT, AND SAXY, UH, AS WELL AS GIS D.

AND, UH, I THINK, I THINK THAT THAT RELATIONSHIP THAT TRI-CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO BEAR FRUIT AS WE ROLL OUT THE VACCINATION PROCESS.

AND, AND, AND, AND THE GARLAND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS UNIQUE IN THAT, UH, IT OPERATES UNDER ITS OWN, YOU KNOW, ON ITS OWN, REALLY.

I MEAN, YES, YOU, YOU DO TALK TO THAT, THE DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, BUT I MEAN, YOU ALL, I MEAN, OPERATED AND MAKE DECISIONS, YOU KNOW, PRIMARILY, YOU KNOW, ON YOUR OWN AND, AND, AND, AND DEAL WITH, WITH THOSE RESIDENTS THAT YOU JUST MENTIONED.

AND, AND WE, WE SHOULD MENTION THAT, YOU KNOW, SEXY AND RELIT RESIDENTS, AND THIS ALSO APPLIES TO THEM, RIGHT? YEP, YEP.

YES.

SO, YOU KNOW, AS I MENTIONED, THE CITY COUNCILS OF ALL THREE JURISDICTIONS HAVE APPOINTED DR.

LAMBERT AS THEIR HEALTH AUTHORITY.

UM, AND, AND THAT IS A PROCESS OUTLINED IN STATE LAW.

UM, SO HE IS THE HEALTH AUTHORITY FOR THOSE JURISDICTIONS JUST AS, UH, DR.

WANG IS THE HEALTH AUTHORITY FOR DALLAS COUNTY, EXCLUSIVE OF GARLAND ROLLA.

AND SAXY THE COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S APPOINTED HIM THROUGH THE SAME PROCESS THAT OUR CITY COUNCIL APPOINTED DR.

LAMBERT.

SO, UM, WE ARE A BIT UNIQUE THERE AREN'T, THERE ARE VERY FEW MUNICIPALITIES THAT HAVE APPOINTED THEIR OWN HEALTH AUTHORITY.

UM, I THINK, UM, I, I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT OUR CITY ADMINISTRATION AND PERHAPS EVEN CITY COUNCIL WOULD, UH, UH, I, I THINK COVID HAS PROBABLY MADE ALL OF THOSE FOLKS REALIZE HOW VALUABLE IT IS TO HAVE A MUNICIPAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN THESE TIMES, BECAUSE THEY'RE ABLE TO GET REAL-TIME INFORMATION.

WE'RE ABLE TO TELL THEM EXACTLY HOW MANY GARLAND RESIDENTS ARE INFECTED WITH COVID AND HOW MANY HAVE RECOVERED, WHEREAS MUNICIPALITIES, WITHOUT HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, WHO'VE NOT DESIGNATED THEIR OWN HEALTH AUTHORITY.

UM, FIND IT DIFFICULT TO COME UP WITH THAT INFORMATION, BUT IT'S NOT TO SAY YOU DON'T TALK TO DALLAS COUNTY.

HE'LL CORRECT.

YOU ARE ALWAYS TALKING TO THEM AND YEAH.

YEAH.

YOU WORK HAND IN HAND WITH DALLAS COUNTY.

WE'VE GOT A GREAT RELATIONSHIP.

UM, TALK TO HIM IF NOT ON A DAILY BASIS, CERTAINLY SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, WE'VE GOT SOME QUESTIONS RIGHT NOW ON, ON FACEBOOK HERE, UH, FROM LET'S START OFF WITH A DOROTHY.

UM, AND SHE'S ASKING HIM WHEN THE HIGH AT-RISK PUBLIC THEY'RE ABLE AND IN LINE TO RECEIVE VACCINES, WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS GOING TO BE REQUIRED AS PROOF, AND WILL THERE BE NO DELAY OR DIFFICULTY IN GETTING THAT DOCUMENTATION? AND I GUESS BEFORE WE ANSWER THAT, I GUESS, HOW WILL IT WORK IN TERMS OF, OKAY, YOU DO THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND, AND THOSE FIRST AND, AND, AND, AND THEN WHO'S NEXT WELL, SO THEY'RE, THEY'RE, UM, THE STATE HAS SEVERAL TIERS OF, UM, WHAT ARE CONSIDERED HEALTHCARE WORKER DEFINITIONS.

THERE'S, THERE'S ACTUALLY TWO TIERS OF HEALTHCARE WORKER DEFINITIONS.

THE NEXT TIER, I JUST DESCRIBED THE FIRST TIER A FEW MINUTES AGO.

SO THE NEXT T UH, TIER OUR STAFF IN OUTPATIENT OFFICES, THOSE, THOSE ARE GOING TO BE LIKE YOUR, UH, FAMILY DOCTOR, UM, OR, UH, FOLKS IN FREESTANDING EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE FACILITY.

SO THE, YOU KNOW, THE FREESTANDING ERS THAT, THAT YOU'VE SEEN POP UP OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, PHARMACY STAFF, UM, PUBLIC HEALTH STAFF THAT ARE ACTUALLY PROVIDING VACCINE, UM, SCHOOL NURSES.

SO THOSE ARE FOLKS THAT ARE IN TIER TWO, WHICH ARE STILL CONSIDERED HEALTHCARE WORKERS.

ONCE, UH, ONCE HEALTHCARE WORKERS HAVE BEEN VACCINATED, THEN YOU MOVED TO THE HIGH RISK PUBLIC.

SO THE HIGH RISK PUBLIC ARE GOING TO BE THOSE FOLKS THAT ARE OVER 65 OR THE FOLKS WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS.

AND TO GET TO THE SPECIFIC QUESTION THAT DOROTHY ASKED, UM, THE, UH, WE'RE NOT GOING TO TIE UP THE PROCESS BY, UM, BY REQUIRING A HIGH BURDEN OF PROOF, IF AN INDIVIDUAL FITS WITHIN THOSE CATEGORIES.

I MEAN, OUR GOAL IS TO VACCINATE AS MANY PEOPLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

UM, WE'RE GOING TO DO THE BASIC CHECKS, LIKE, UM, YOU KNOW, A COMPANY ID, IF YOU'RE A HEALTHCARE WORKER, BUT YOU KNOW, WE'RE NOT GONNA, WE'RE NOT GONNA GO THROUGH A LONG AUDIT PROCESS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOU GET THE VACCINE IN A SENSE, IT'S, IT'S GONNA RELY ON THE HONOR SYSTEM, AND WE'RE GONNA, WE'RE GONNA EXPECT FOLKS TO TELL THE TRUTH AND TO WAIT THEIR TURN, KNOWING THAT WE WERE GOING TO GET TO THEM AS SOON AS WE POSSIBLY CAN.

WE HAD A QUESTION FROM NEXT DOOR ALSO SAYING, MY WIFE AND I ARE OVER 70.

MY WIFE HAS DIABETES.

WE ARE STAYING AT HOME BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

SO WE'LL, WE, WE WILL, WE GET VACCINATED AT HOME.

UH, GREAT QUESTION.

WE WON'T VACCINATE PEOPLE AT HOME, BUT, UH, THE PLAN THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE, UM, IS TO DO A DRIVE-THROUGH VACCINE.

SO IT'S, IT'S TOUGH TO ASK A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE TO COME INTO A BUILDING AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE.

AND WE STILL WANT TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE BECAUSE THE VACCINE HAS NOT BEEN WIDELY AVAILABLE YET.

SO, UM, WE HAVE A PLAN FOR A DRIVE THROUGH VACCINE.

SO FOLKS LIKE THOSE INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ASKED TO GET THEIR CAR

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AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME WHEN THE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE FOR THAT GROUP WILL BE ASKED TO DRIVE TO A SPECIFIC LOCATION, AND THEY WILL RECEIVE THE VACCINE WHILE THEY'RE SITTING IN THEIR CAR.

AND WE HAVE ACTUALLY TESTED THAT PROCESS.

UH, WE HAD A, A FLU VACCINATION CLINIC FOR CITY STAFF, AND WE TESTED THE THROUGH PROCESS.

IT WORKED GREAT.

UM, AND WE, WE KNOW THAT WE CAN VACCINATE, UM, A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE, UM, UPWARDS OF A THOUSAND PEOPLE FOR, FOR EVEN A SMALL-SCALE DRIVE-THROUGH EVENT.

UH, WE KNOW THAT IT WORKS AND THAT IS THE MODEL THAT WE INTEND TO USE TO WIDELY DISTRIBUTE THE VACCINE.

HOW DO WE KNOW, WHERE HAS THAT BEEN DETERMINED OR OCCASIONS? WE'VE WE, UH, WE'RE LOOKING AT LOCATION.

WE HAVE A LOCATION IN GARLAND.

WE HAVE A COUPLE OF LOCATIONS IN GARLAND, AND WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT LOCATIONS IN RABBIT, AND SAXY BECAUSE WE SERVE THEIR RESIDENTS AS WELL.

AND SO THE, THE RALLY AND SEXY FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND THEIR HEALTH DEPARTMENTS WILL ASSIST IN STAFFING, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, VACCINE EVENTS IN THEIR CITIES AND THE GARLAND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, GOLDEN FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND GARNER POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL STAFF THE VACCINE EVENTS.

AND WE SHOULD ALSO MENTION THAT, YOU KNOW, THINGS CHANGE REALLY FROM NOT ONLY, I MEAN, NOT THE WEEK TO WEEK.

I MEAN, DATA DAY WE'VE SEEN, OR THE HOUR, THE PAST FEW MONTHS IS, I MEAN, YOU CAN SAY ONE THING ONE DAY, AND THEN THE THINGS CHANGE.

AND, AND, AND I MEAN, EVERYBODY HAS HAD TO ADJUST TO COVID.

I MEAN, WE ALL HAVE HAD TO, SO ONE THING, YOU KNOW, THAT FOLKS SHOULD CONSIDER AND KEEP IN MIND THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE SAYING THIS NOW, AND, AND, YOU KNOW, WE ARE MAKING PLANS FOR THIS.

AND, BUT, BUT THOSE THINGS, UH, COULD QUICKLY CHANGE, BUT OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, WE ARE UPDATING FOLKS, UH, ACCORDINGLY AND, AND, AND, YOU KNOW, ONLINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE WEBSITE, AND WHAT HAVE YOU TO, TO, TO, YOU KNOW, THOSE LATEST, UH, CHANGES, UM, SOMEBODY ELSE ASKING, ALL RIGHT.

SO CAN I SIGN UP TO GET THE VACCINE? YES.

WELL, NOT YET.

LET ME, LET ME BACK UP.

WE, WE DON'T HAVE A PROGRAM IN PLACE TO SIGN UP JUST YET.

WHAT WE DO HAVE IS, UH, OUR IT DEPARTMENT IS, IS AT THE VERY FINAL STAGES OF DEVELOPING A PLATFORM WHERE FOLKS CAN SIGN UP WHEN VACCINE IS AVAILABLE TO THEIR DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS.

SO FOR INSTANCE, THE, UH, THE INDIVIDUAL THAT ASKED ABOUT, UM, THE FOLKS THAT WERE 70 YEARS OLD WHEN VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE THAT ARE 65 AND OLDER, WE WILL HAVE A LINK ON OUR WEB PAGE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO SIGN UP AND, AND THAT SIGN UP WILL ACTUALLY LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT SIGN UP DURING EACH HOUR THAT THE CLINIC IS OPEN SO THAT WE'RE NOT OVERWHELMED SO THAT THE WAIT TIME IS MANAGEABLE.

UM, AND, AND THAT'S THE WAY THAT WE INTEND TO ROLL THIS VACCINE OUT SO THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT FIGHTING FOR A SPOT IN LINE.

UM, YOU, YOU SIGN UP ONLINE, UH, IF YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO SIGN UP ONLINE, WE'LL HAVE A PHONE NUMBER WHERE YOU CAN CALL AND SIGN UP, AND THEN YOU HAVE YOUR TIME SLOTS.

YOU HAVE YOUR HOUR THAT YOU CAN SHOW UP ANYTIME DURING THAT HOUR AND YOU'LL GET YOUR VACCINE.

YEAH.

IN FACT, HOPEFULLY THAT ANSWERS, UH, ANA MARIA HAS A QUESTION THEY'RE SAYING THAT, UH, SHE AND HER HUSBAND, 89, 82, WE ARE NOT IN A NURSING HOME AND ASKING WHEN AND WHERE WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET OUR SHOTS.

SO I ALSO WANT TO MENTION THAT, UM, THERE'S, YOU KNOW, UPWARDS OF 40 PROVIDERS IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO RECEIVE THE COVID VACCINE.

SO, YOU KNOW, ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR PROVIDER TO SEE IF HE'S, IF THEY ARE, UM, APPLYING TO GET THE COVID VACCINE.

SO THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THEY WILL BE RECEIVING IT AND THEY CAN ACTUALLY GET IT AT THEIR DOOR.

YEAH.

SO IT WON'T NECESSARILY ALL BE COMING FROM THE CITY.

RIGHT.

EXCELLENT POINT.

YEAH.

YEAH.

THERE, THERE ARE GOING TO BE MANY PLACES BESIDES THE GARLAND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO GET THE VACCINE.

AND, UM, AS, AS DIANA MENTIONED, THE WEB PAGE THAT LISTS ALL OF THOSE PROVIDERS, WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO LINK TO THAT ON OUR WEBPAGE.

IF WE DON'T ALREADY HAVE THAT LINK THERE, UM, IT'S AVAILABLE AND, UH, INDIVIDUALS CAN, CAN GO AND LOOK THAT LIST UP.

IT'S, IT'S LISTED BY CITY, BY COUNTY, BY CITY.

UM, AND THEY CAN SEE IF THEIR PROVIDERS, THEIR PHARMACIES ARE ONLINE AND, AND, UH, THEY'LL, THEY'LL BE PROVIDERS WHEN VACCINES MADE AVAILABLE TO THEM.

UM, SO, UH, I, I GREAT POINT FOR DIANA TO BRING UP AND I'D LIKE TO REITERATE FOLKS NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO GET VACCINATED THROUGH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

THERE'S GOING TO BE MANY, MANY PROVIDERS IN JURISDICTIONS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

UM, WE, WE ARE ONE OF MANY, AND WE'RE GOING TO SERVE OUR PUBLIC AS BEST WE CAN, BUT WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT THE ONLY PLACE THAT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GET A COVID EXCELLENT.

AND WITH THAT BEING SAID, THOUGH, YOU KNOW, I'M SURE THAT IT'S GOING TO POP UP SOMEBODY ADVERTISING, THEY SEE A FLYER, WHAT HAVE YOU SAYING? YOU KNOW, HEY, YOU KNOW, THE, THE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE HERE, OR I CAN GET IT FOR YOU FOR 1999 OR WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE, BUT WHAT'S YOUR FOLKS LOOK OUT FOR IN TERMS OF WHEN THEY THINK

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IT MAY BE FRAUD OR, OR SOMEBODY, YOU KNOW, NOT ON THE UP AND UP AND, AND, AND W WHAT SHOULD THEY DO? UH, IT'S ANOTHER ABSOLUTELY GREAT QUESTION.

AND, UH, MY RESPONSE WOULD BE TO CHECK THAT THE STATE WEBPAGE THAT'S, THAT'S LINKED TO OUR WEBSITE, OR THAT'S LINKED ON OUR WEBSITE.

AND IF YOUR PROVIDER IS NOT LISTED ON THAT WEBPAGE OR THE INDIVIDUAL ADVERTISING COVID VACCINE, IF THEY'RE NOT LISTED ON THAT WEBPAGE, I WOULDN'T GO TO THEM.

RIGHT.

JUST STAY AWAY, STAY AWAY, STAY AWAY.

YEAH.

ONLY THE FOLKS THAT ARE LISTED ON THE STATE WEBPAGE AS COVID-19 PROVIDERS, THOSE ARE THE ONLY, UH, DOCTORS OR PHARMACISTS OR BUSINESSES THAT YOU SHOULD SEEK VACCINE FROM.

BECAUSE I MEAN, YOU KNOW, W WE WERE BOUND TO SEE THOSE, YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY'S KNOCKING DOOR TO DOOR, OR, HEY, I GET IN PEOPLE WANTING THAT VACCINE AND THEY CAN'T GET ON THE LIST, OR THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE WAY DOWN ON THE LIST.

YOU KNOW, THEY'RE GOING TO THINK, HEY, I CAN GET IT HERE.

CHEAP.

AND, AND SPEAKING OF WHEN THE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE, DO FOLKS HAVE TO PAY THERE'S A LITTLE OUT OF POCKET COST? UM, UH, FOLKS WITH INSURANCE, THEIR INSURANCE WILL COVER A PORTION OF THE VACCINE, BUT NOBODY WILL BE ASKED TO PAY MONEY OUT OF POCKET TO GET A COVID VACCINE.

RIGHT.

UH, JOSH, ROGERSON ASKING OUR TEACHERS CONSIDER FRONTLINE, UH, FIRST RESPONDERS, UM, TEACHERS, ARE THEY, AND DIANA, I THINK THEY'RE GOING TO BE PHASE TWO.

THEY'RE NOT, THEY'RE NOT CONSIDERED FRONTLINE FIRST RESPONDERS.

SO THEY'RE, UM, THEY'RE GOING TO BE IN A SIMILAR PRIORITY GROUP TO THE HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS.

OKAY.

OKAY.

AND I'M SORRY, THIS, UM, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, THERE'S A, IT'S HARD TO REMEMBER ALL OF THEM.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

AND WE SHOULD TELL FOLKS, YOU KNOW, UH, SOME OF THE THINGS, I MEAN, YOU MAY NOT NECESSARILY KNOW RIGHT NOW.

I MEAN, LIKE WE SAID, THINGS ARE CHANGING AND, AND, AND, AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE HERE TO PROVIDE AS MUCH INFORMATION THAN WE CURRENTLY DO KNOW, UH, TO FOLKS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW.

ALL RIGHT.

YUP.

I JUST SAY, THE FACT IS THE VACCINES ARE, ARE HERE, THEY'RE COMING, THEY'RE COMING QUICKLY.

SO HOPEFULLY THIS STAGING OF WHO GETS WHAT WON'T, WON'T LAST VERY LONG, AND IT'S JUST GOING TO BE AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY'RE COMING, THEY'RE READY TO REALLY START SENDING THEM OUT.

SO THE MORE WE GET IN THE ARMS, THE MORE VACCINES WE'RE GOING TO GET, AND IT'S JUST, IT'S GOING TO QUICKLY, EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HAVE ACCESS, I THINK, PRETTY QUICKLY.

YEAH.

UM, AND SO LET ME LOOK AT ANOTHER, UH, QUESTION FROM NEXT DOOR.

UM, IF SOMEBODY WAS ASKING WHETHER THE VACCINE, WHETHER IT BE PFIZER OR MEDINA, UH, GUARD US AGAINST ALL FORMS OF COVID-19, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE ARE DIFFERENT SETS OF SYMPTOMS DESCRIBING THE WEST COAST, EAST COAST, WHICH INCLUDES A VERY PERSISTENT COUGH.

SO, UH, I GUESS WHO, YOU KNOW, WHO WILL IT COVER AND HOW EFFECTIVE, I GUESS THAT'S A, ANOTHER EXCELLENT QUESTION.

THERE ARE, UM, I, I KNOW THAT THERE ARE SPECIFIC LITERATURE ON THE CDC WEBPAGE PERTAINING TO THAT, BUT GENERALLY SPEAKING, UM, THE, THE VACCINES, UM, AT LEAST THE PFIZER AND MODERN VACCINES, THOSE VACCINES ARE, UM, DEVELOPED TO PROTECT AGAINST ALL STRAINS OF COVID-19.

AND I'M REALLY NOT SURE THAT STRAINS IS THE APPROPRIATE WORD.

UM, THERE ARE, UM, THE VACCINE, UH, I'M SORRY, THE VIRUS IS EVOLVING AS ALL VIRUSES DO.

UM, BUT THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE, THE BEST INFORMATION AND THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE IS THAT, UM, AT LEAST IN TERMS OF THE CODE OF THE MODERN ADVISER VACCINES, IS THAT THEY PROTECT AGAINST COVID-19 IN GENERAL.

UM, LONG-TERM I GUESS, UH, DO WE KNOW THE, THE EFFECTS THERE, AND THEN HOW WILL IT LAST, BECAUSE I GUESS WE HAD A CRYSTAL BALL, YOU KNOW, WELL, THE ANTICIPATION IS THAT THAT THOSE VACCINES SHOULD PROVIDE SOME DEGREE OF IMMUNITY FOR SIX MONTHS.

AND OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE VACCINES, EVEN DURING THE TRIAL PHASE, NOBODY HAS HAD ANY OF THOSE VACCINES FOR MORE THAN SIX MONTHS.

SO I THINK AS, AS TIME MOVES ON, UM, IT, IT WOULD NOT SURPRISE ME AT ALL TO, FOR US TO LEARN THAT THOSE VACCINES PROVIDE IMMUNITY FOR A PERIOD LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS, BUT WE DON'T KNOW THAT YET BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T HAD ENOUGH TIME TO LEARN IT.

UM, SO RIGHT NOW THE, THE ADVICE IS, UM, THOSE VACCINES PROVIDE A DEGREE OF IMMUNITY FOR SIX MONTHS AND, AND IMMUNITY BEGINS TO WANE AFTER SIX MONTHS, THEN A COVID-19 VACCINE MAY, UM, MAY BE SOMETHING THAT, UH, WE SEE ON A REGULAR BASIS.

YEAH.

AND SO BOTH OF THESE, UH, MATERNITY AND PFIZER WILL REQUIRE TWO DOSES, CORRECT.

UM, THERE ARE, THERE ARE UPWARDS OF 200 COVID-19 VACCINES IN SOME STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT, THE PFIZER AND MODERNA, UM, HAPPENED TO BE THE FIRST TO, TO FINISH

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CLINICAL TRIALS.

AND AT LEAST IN THE CASE OF PFIZER RECEIVE EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION, WE EXPECT THAT FOR MODERNA, UM, IN A MATTER OF HOURS, IF NOT DAYS.

SO THOSE ARE JUST THE FIRST TWO OF MANY.

UM, AND, AND, YOU KNOW, WE ANTICIPATE MILLIONS OF DOSES RAPIDLY DEPLOYED OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AND MONTHS AND MORE VACCINES COMING ONLINE.

UM, AND, AND I KNOW IN TALKS, IN, IN, IN, YOU WERE MENTIONED, THE, THE DRIVE-THRU, UH, SETUP, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS TO CONSIDER IS, UM, I GUESS, ALLERGIC REACTIONS, OR ANYTIME SOMEBODY IS ADMINISTERED A VACCINE, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE URGED IN SUGGESTED THAT THEY STICK AROUND FOR AWHILE, BUT IN CASE THEY DEVELOP AN ALLERGIC REACTION.

UM, BUT THIS ONE, I BELIEVE IT'S WHAT 30 MINUTES THEY NEED TO.

SO PFIZER, UM, PFIZER HAS COME OUT WITH A FACT SHEET.

NOW, AGAIN, THIS IS THE PFIZER VACCINE, THE MODERN VACCINE, OF COURSE, AS I SAID, IT HAS NOT FORMALLY RECEIVED THE EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION.

SO, UM, I ANTICIPATE WE'LL HAVE A FACT SHEET FOR THE MODERN VACCINE OVER THE WEEKEND, BUT SO I CAN'T SPEAK TO THAT YET BECAUSE IT HASN'T BEEN MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE PFIZER VACCINE.

AND THIS IS STRICTLY UNIQUE TO THE PFIZER VACCINE.

IT SUGGESTS THAT, UH, INDIVIDUALS THAT RECEIVED THE VACCINE BE MONITORED FOR 15 MINUTES.

UM, IF, IF THAT INDIVIDUAL HAS HAD AN ADVERSE REACTION TO ANY OF THE INGREDIENTS IN THE PFIZER VACCINE, THEN THEY SHOULD BE.

SO GETTING BACK TO THE DRIVE-THROUGH MODEL, UM, WE WILL SET UP OUR DRIVE-THROUGH EVENT WITH, UH, AMPLE PARKING FOR FOLKS WHO, FOR FOLKS WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED.

SO YOU JUST GET THE SHOT, WE'LL HAVE A SPOT FOR YOU TO PARK IN WHITE FOR 15 MINUTES OR 30 MINUTES IF APPROPRIATE, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT, THAT, UH, YOU DON'T HAVE ANY ADVERSE REACTIONS.

AND IF YOU DO, WE'LL HAVE, UH, AN AMBULANCE ON SCENE TO TREAT YOU.

MM.

AND SO RIGHT NOW, UM, SOMEBODY WAS ASKING WHETHER IT IS THE PLAN FOR THE CITY, THE DRIVE-THRU SCENARIO, OR CAN THEY GO TO A CLINIC AND THEY GO TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, OR IS IT GOING TO BE AT THIS POINT, THE PLAN FOR DRIVE-THROUGH ONLY WELL, THAT, THAT IS OUR PLAN TO RAPIDLY THE GARLAND HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S PLAN TO RAPIDLY ADMINISTER VACCINES.

NOW, AS, AS DIANA MENTIONED EARLIER, UH THERE'S UH, I THINK AT LAST COUNT THERE WERE 40 SOME ODD PROVIDERS THAT WERE EITHER APPROVED OR IN THE PROCESS TO, TO RECEIVE VACCINES.

SO, YOU KNOW, THOSE DIFFERENT PROVIDERS THEY'LL HAVE THEIR OWN PLAN TO ADMINISTER VACCINES.

THE DRIVE-THROUGH MODEL IS STRICTLY FOR THE GARLAND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, AND WE FOUND THAT THAT IS THE FASTEST WAY TO DISTRIBUTE VACCINES AND OF COURSE, MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING AND, AND PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID WHILE PEOPLE ARE STANDING IN LINE.

WE DON'T WANT LONG LINES.

YES, YES, EXACTLY.

WHICH BRINGS US TO ANOTHER QUESTION THAT SOMEBODY ASKED, YOU KNOW, AFTER I GET THE VACCINE, DO I STILL HAVE TO WEAR A MASK? EVERYBODY WANTS TO GET RID OF THEIR MASS.

WE UNDERSTAND, BUT AMELIA YES.

BUT I MEAN, YEAH.

I MEAN, I THINK THE ANSWER'S YES, YES, YES.

UM, UH, THE, THE, UH, THE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES, EVEN FOR FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN VACCINATED, THOSE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES, INCLUDING WEARING A MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND THE, LIKE, UM, WE'RE GOING TO ASK THAT THE PUBLIC CONTINUE TO ADHERE TO THOSE MEASURES, UM, AT LEAST FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, UNTIL, UNTIL THE PUBLIC IS ADEQUATELY VACCINATED.

AND WE HAVE, WE'VE ALL HEARD THIS TERM HERD IMMUNITY AND, AND IN PUBLIC HEALTH, THAT'S A TERM WE'VE USED FOR DECADES.

RIGHT.

AND SO, BUT IT, IT, IT, IT, UM, ONCE UNTIL WE REACHED THAT, THAT HERD IMMUNITY LEVEL, AND NOBODY REALLY KNOWS WHERE THAT IS.

I CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT DAY OR EVEN WHAT MONTH WE'LL REACH THAT.

BUT IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT WHEN WE GET THERE WE'LL KNOW IT, WE JUST DON'T KNOW WHEN WE'LL GET THERE.

UM, UH, WE WILL ASK PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO TAKE THE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES WHERE MASS SOCIAL DISTANCE AND THE LIE.

UM, AND, UH, I, YOU KNOW, YOU MENTIONED MY CRYSTAL BALL EARLIER.

I MEAN, I WOULD, I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT WITH A RAPID VACCINE DISTRIBUTION, UM, PERHAPS FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY OF 2021, MAYBE WE CAN BURN OUR MASKS RATHER THAN THERE WE GO.

YEAH.

IT SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN TO ME.

AND, AND, YOU KNOW, I MEAN, THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH CONTINUING TO WASH YOUR HANDS PERIODICALLY AND, YOU KNOW, THE FLU IS STILL OUT THERE, YOU KNOW, COMMON, COLD, STILL OUT THERE.

SO, YOU KNOW, ABOUT TO, UH, UM, TALK ABOUT THE FLU, YOU KNOW, OF COURSE WE HAVE, WE ACTUALLY HAVE A PANDEMIC EVERY YEAR AND THAT SEASONAL FLU, UM, I WAS TALKING WITH OUR CITY CARE CLINICS.

SO THAT'S A, THAT'S A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER STRICTLY FOR CITY EMPLOYEES.

UM, THEY'VE NOT SEEN ONE FLU CASE THIS YEAR.

WOW.

AND DO YOU KNOW WHY?

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YEAH, BECAUSE, BECAUSE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING, BECAUSE OF MASKS, BECAUSE OF THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE MEASURES, THOSE PROTECT YOU FROM NOT ONLY COVID-19, BUT REALLY ANY RESPIRATORY VIRUS.

SO, UM, I GUESS I, A SILVER LINING IN, IN THESE PROTECTIVE MEASURES THAT, THAT ARE SOMETIMES BURDENSOME, AT LEAST A SILVER LINING IS THAT THEY'RE PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF FLU THEY'RE WORKING.

YES THEY ARE.

YEAH.

AND FOR AWHILE, AT LEAST AS YOU MENTIONED, WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO PRACTICE THE, THOSE MEASURES.

UM, ALRIGHT.

SO, UH, WILL THE VACCINE PREVENT CONTRACTING THE VIRUS OR MINIMIZING THE SYMPTOMS? GOSH, YOU GOT A LOT OF GOOD QUESTIONS.

SO, UM, I GUESS TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, YOU NEED TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN INFECTION AND DISEASE.

SO INFECTION OCCURS WHEN YOU BREATHE A COVID-19 WHEN YOU BREATHE THAT DROPLET CONTAINING COVID-19 INTO YOUR LUNGS.

SO THAT'S CONSIDERED INFECTION AND OF COURSE, A VIRUS WON'T, I MEAN, A VACCINE WON'T PREVENT THAT.

IT WON'T PREVENT YOU FROM BREATHING A VIRUS PARTICLE INTO YOUR LUNGS.

WHAT THE VACCINE PREVENTS IS THAT INFECTION FROM GROWING INTO A DISEASE.

SO, SO YOU, YOU WILL STILL BE EXPOSED TO COVID-19.

OF COURSE, THE VACCINE JUST GIVES YOUR BODY A HEADSTART TO BE ABLE TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN TO FIGHT OFF THAT VIRUS.

UM, YOU MAY FEEL COVID-19 LIKE SYMPTOMS, BUT IDEALLY IF YOU'VE BEEN VACCINATED, YOU EITHER WON'T FEEL ANY SYMPTOMS AT ALL, OR YOU WILL ONLY HAVE MILD SYMPTOMS. THE VACCINE IS INTENDED TO GUARD AGAINST THE FULL-BLOWN DISEASE.

AND, AND THAT KIND OF LEADS INTO THE IDEA OF WHY WE'RE CONTINUING TO ASK PEOPLE WEAR FACE MASKS, BECAUSE THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE DON'T KNOW THE VIRUS AND THE VACCINES HAVE NOT BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW WELL THEY ALLOW PEOPLE TO IMMEDIATELY FIGHT OFF THAT INFECTION.

I MEAN, YOU MAY HAVE A VERY, VERY MILD INFECTION IF YOU'RE VACCINATED, WHICH IS GOOD YET YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SPREAD THE DISEASE TO OTHERS.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCE.

WE WON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THOSE QUESTIONS FOR A FEW WEEKS.

SO I GUESS ONE OF THE QUESTIONS JUST THEN, SHOULD I WAIT A FEW MONTHS, PERHAPS SEE HOW OTHERS ARE REACTING TO, TO THE VACCINE? UM, EVERY, ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE IS THAT THE VACCINES ARE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE.

AND, UH, I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WHEN YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A VACCINE, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET A VACCINE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

UM, UM, I'M IN MY MID FORTIES, I'M HEALTHY.

I DON'T EXPECT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A, UM, AT LEAST FOR A FEW MONTHS, BUT AS SOON AS I'M ELIGIBLE, I INTEND TO GET THE VACCINE.

YEAH.

YOU ALL DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS, UH, YOU KNOW, GETTING THEM NO HESITATION AT ALL TO GET IT.

AND IF YOU'VE HAD COVID, SHOULD I GET IT? UH, YEAH, THERE IS THE, THE GUIDANCE SAYS THAT YES, YOU CAN GET THE VACCINE.

AND THERE IS, THERE IS SOME GUIDANCE EARLY ON THAT FOLKS WITH COVID AND BY THE WAY, I'VE, I'VE HAD COVID IN EARLY NOVEMBER.

SO I'M, I'M A COVID SURVIVOR.

UM, I HAVE A DEGREE OF IMMUNITY FOR UP TO THREE MONTHS.

SO, UM, THERE'S SOME EARLY GUIDANCE THAT SAYS, PERHAPS THOSE FOLKS THAT HAVE HAD COVID WITHIN THE PRIOR THREE MONTHS, MAYBE THEY SHOULD DEFER THEIR VACCINE SO THAT INDIVIDUALS, WITHOUT ANY IMMUNITY CAN HAVE THE VACCINE INSTEAD.

UM, BUT IN TERMS OF, UM, IN TERMS OF THE VACCINE BEING SAFE, YES, IT'S SAFE FOR INDIVIDUALS.

WHO'VE HAD COVID AND IT'S SAFE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT HAD COVID.

WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN, CHILDREN, UM, THAT, THAT IS STILL BEING STUDIED.

SO THE VACCINES, THEIR TRIALS WERE FOR ADULTS.

THE PFIZER VACCINE WAS 16 YEARS AND OLDER.

THEY ARE STUDYING THEY'RE INSURING, I GUESS THE BEST WAY TO SAY IT IS THERE ARE CURRENTLY TRIALS UNDERWAY TO ASSESS THE SAFETY OF THE VACCINES ON KIDDOS.

THOSE ARE NOT COMPLETE.

SO THE TWO VACCINES THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, THE PFIZER VACCINES PROVED FOR ANYONE 16 YEARS AND OLDER, AND THE MODERN VACCINE IS APPROVED FOR ANYONE 18 YEARS AND OLDER.

AND OF COURSE, AS I SAID, UM, THE, THE SAFETY TRIALS TO ENSURE THAT THOSE VACCINES ARE SAFE FOR KIDDOS, THOSE ARE UNDERWAY.

UH, CAN'T GIVE YOU A TIME OR A DATE ON, ON WHEN WE EXPECT THAT INFORMATION TO COME OUT.

BUT, UH, I, I WOULD, I WOULD ANTICIPATE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, WE'LL HAVE SAFETY INFORMATION FOR, FOR SURE.

YES.

AND WE SHOULD POINT OUT BECAUSE SOMEBODY IS ASKING, YOU KNOW, WHERE THEY CAN GET MORE INFORMATION AND LINKS OR WHAT HAVE YOU, WE WILL DISPLAY AND GIVE YOU LINKS THAT WE HAVE ON OUR WEBSITE ALREADY, UH, TO HOPEFULLY ANSWER SOME OF, SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS.

AND AT THE END OF THIS FACEBOOK LIVE, WE'LL, WE'LL PROVIDE THAT TO YOU.

SO JUST STAND BY FOR THAT INFORMATION.

I WANT TO GET, LOOK, LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER QUESTIONS THAT ARE COMING UP RIGHT NOW.

UM, JOHN IS ASKING, UH, THERE ARE APPARENTLY SEVERAL MANUFACTURERS MAKING DIFFERENT VACCINES ARE ANY OF THE PARTICULAR VACCINES

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BETTER THAN OTHERS? HOW EXACTLY DO THEY DIFFER IN ACTION OR EFFECTIVENESS? IT'S GOSH, THESE ARE WONDERFUL QUESTIONS.

YEAH.

THERE ARE SEVERAL MANUFACTURERS MAKING VACCINES.

THE, UH, UM, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE PFIZER AND THE MADONNA VACCINE AND DINAH CAN CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, BUT IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT IN THE CLINICAL TRIALS, THEY'VE SHOWN MORE THAN 90% EFFICACY.

SO 95% 90.

SO THOSE, THOSE TWO VACCINES SEEM TO HAVE SIMILAR LEVELS OF EFFICACY IN TERMS OF PREVENTING COVID-19.

NOW, AS WE SEE MORE VACCINES, ROLL OUT, NO DOUBT, SOME VACCINES WILL BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN OTHERS.

UM, AND, AND THAT INFORMATION, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T HAVE IT AT THE MOMENT.

WE'LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THOSE VACCINES ARE RECEIVE EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION.

AND, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'LL KNOW WHICH ONES HAVE A HIGHER RATE OF EFFICACY THAN THE OTHER, AND, AND FOLKS WHO GET THE FIRST DOSE, UM, THREE WEEKS LATER, OR SO THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO GET THE SECOND ONE.

DO THEY GO A DOROTHY'S ASKING WHETHER THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE SECOND DOSE AT THE SAME PLACE THAT THEY'VE GOTTEN? THE FIRST ONE, THE ANSWER IS, YES, THAT IS THE, UH, THAT IS THE EXPECTATION.

AND NOW OF COURSE, THE TIMEFRAME FOR THE SECOND DOSE, THE BOOSTER DOSE, UM, DIFFERS BETWEEN MANUFACTURER.

SO FOR PFIZER, THE SECOND DOSE, THE BOOSTER DOSE IS, UH, UH, 21 DAYS.

NOW, IF YOU DON'T GET IT, IDEALLY IT'S 17 TO 23 DAYS.

UM, BUT IF YOU MISS THAT WINDOW, YOU CAN STILL GET THE SECOND DOSE.

IF EVEN IF YOU SHOW UP 30 DAYS OR 45 DAYS, YOU CAN STILL GET THE SECOND DOSE.

WHAT, WHAT I DO NEED TO POINT OUT IS THAT THE DOSES AREN'T INTERCHANGEABLE.

SO IF, IF YOU, IF YOUR FIRST DOSE IS PFIZER, YOUR SECOND DOSE HAS TO BE PFIZER, IT CAN'T BE MADONNA OR ANY OF THE OTHERS.

UM, YOU HAVE TO, YOU HAVE TO FINISH WITH WHAT YOU START OUT WITH AND TO, TO ADDRESS YOUR, UH, THE SECOND PART OF THAT QUESTION.

UM, THERE'S NO REASON THAT I'M AWARE OF THAT INDIVIDUALS COULDN'T GO TO A DIFFERENT PROVIDER FOR THEIR FIRST AND SECOND DOSE.

SO LONG AS THEY GET THE SAME, UM, TYPE OF VACCINE.

NOW, THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE VACCINATED, THEY'RE GOING TO GET A CARD AS SORT OF PROOF OF THEIR FIRST ROUND OF VACCINE.

IT'LL HAVE, UM, THE DATE OF VACCINATION AND THE TYPE OF VACCINE THAT THEY RECEIVED.

SO, UM, IF, IF SOMEBODY RECEIVES A VACCINE, THEIR FIRST VACCINE FROM US THEY'LL HAVE THAT CARD THAT THEY CAN TAKE TO A LOCAL PHARMACY OR A DOCTOR'S OFFICE FOR THE SECOND DOSE, THAT THAT CARD CONTAINS THE INFORMATION THAT A PROVIDER WOULD NEED TO, UH, TO GIVE THEM THE APPROPRIATE SECOND.

SO IF LET'S JUST SAY, CAUSE SOMEBODY, YOU KNOW, MIGHT BE THINKING IT THAT, OKAY, IF MY, YOU KNOW, ELDERLY, SICK GRANDMOTHER QUALIFIES FOR, YOU KNOW, THE PFIZER ONE AND IT'S PFIZER, OBVIOUSLY IT'S NOT 100% THEN MAYBE AFTER SHE'S DONE WITH THAT, I'LL TAKE HER AND GET HER THE MATERNAL ONE AS WELL.

AND THEN SHE REALLY WILL BE COVERED.

NOT A GOOD IDEA.

YEAH.

THE, I MEAN, IDEALLY YOU WANT TWO DOSES OF THE SAME VACCINE AND THAT, THAT PROVIDES ADEQUATE COVERAGE.

AND, AND, AND WE WANT TO SAVE THE OTHER DOSES FOR THE FOLKS WITH NO IMMUNITY, THE OTHER ELDERLY INDIVIDUALS OR INDIVIDUALS AT HIGH RISK.

SO YES, THE ONE SERIES OF VACCINE IS SUFFICIENT, BUT, BUT YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE AND GET THAT SECOND DOSE FOR BOTH PFIZER AND MADONNA.

NOW, I WILL SAY THAT, THAT THERE IS A, THERE IS A VACCINE UNDER DEVELOPMENT.

UM, WE DON'T, WE DON'T REALLY KNOW IF, OR WHEN IT WILL RECEIVE AN EMERGENCY.

YOU THOUGHT YOU USE AUTHORIZATION, BUT A JOHNSON AND JOHNSON VACCINE THAT'S ONE DOSE.

UM, BUT AS I SAID, THAT'S THE, WE'RE PROBABLY STILL SEVERAL WEEKS, IF NOT LONGER AWAY FROM SEEING THAT VACCINE BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

AND WE REALLY DON'T KNOW THE LEVEL OF EFFICACY.

I'VE NOT SEEN ANY INFORMATION ON HOW EFFECTIVE THAT IS, HOW IT COMPARES TO PFIZER AND MADONNA, UM, IS GARLAND, I GUESS, EQUIPPED TO, TO STORE, UH, THE PFIZER ONE, AS YOU MENTIONED, UH, EARLIER, UM, YOU KNOW, IT REQUIRES, YOU KNOW, THE IT'S DIFFICULT LOGISTICALLY IT'S DIFFICULT TO, TO, UH, UM, ADMINISTER THE PFIZER VACCINE.

THE ANSWER IS YES, THE SHIPPING CONTAINERS THAT THE PFIZER VACCINES COME TO US IN, UM, THEY ALLOW FOR STORAGE UP TO 30 DAYS PROVIDED THAT WE REPLENISHED THE DRY ICE ONCE EVERY FIVE DAYS.

SO WE DON'T, UH, THE GARLAND HEALTH DEPARTMENT DOESN'T OWN AN ULTRA COLD REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER.

WE DON'T OWN AN ULTIPRO FREEZER BECAUSE NO OTHER VACCINE REQUIRES THAT TYPE OF STORAGE.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THE CONTAINERS THAT THE PFIZER VACCINES COME IN CAN SAFELY STORE THOSE VACCINES FOR UP TO 30 DAYS.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, YOU KNOW, GARLAND WITH ALMOST A, WHAT, A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE, UM,

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HOW, HOW DOES THE CITY APPLY AND, AND ASK FOR A CERTAIN NUMBER OF VACCINES, UM, WELL TO COVER EVERYONE, OR HOW DOES THAT WORK? HOW, HOW ARE THEY ALLOCATED, I GUESS, HOW, YOU KNOW, WE'RE A BIGGER CITY THAN, YOU KNOW, PERHAPS OTHER CITIES AND HERE IN NORTH TEXAS.

AND SO HOW, HOW IS IT DETERMINED AND, AND DO YOU ASK FOR A SPECIFIC NUMBER OR, OR HOW DOES THAT WORK? UM, GOOD QUESTION.

AND DO YOU WANT TO, OH, I, I, I BASICALLY WENT THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO GET APPROVAL IN LATE OCTOBER, EARLY NOVEMBER.

UM, AND IT, THEY GET PRETTY IN DEPTH.

THEY, UM, YOU'RE BASICALLY BASING YOUR NUMBERS OFF PEOPLE THAT YOU'VE SEEN IN YOUR CLINIC BEFORE.

SO THEY ASK SPECIFICS OF, UM, DIFFERENT GROUPS AND HOW MANY YOU SAW LAST YEAR, UM, SPECIFICALLY.

AND, UM, YOU JUST DO YOUR BEST TO ANSWER THOSE, THE ESTIMATE, THOSE, THOSE NUMBERS, TO GET AN ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF HOW MANY PEOPLE THAT YOU, YOU WILL SEE IN YOUR CLINIC.

UM, UNDER THOSE GROUPS, UM, IT, IT GOT PRETTY IN DEPTH AND IT WASN'T EASY, BUT WE GOT THROUGH IT.

AND, UM, WE GOT APPROVED IN, UM, LATE NOVEMBER.

AND SO WE'RE APPROVED AS A PROVIDER AND WE'RE ALSO APPROVED AS A HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HELP ASSIST THESE OTHER PROVIDERS TO GET THROUGH THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS.

AND CAN YOU SPECIFY THOUGH, A CERTAIN NUMBER OF, HEY, WE NEED X AMOUNT BECAUSE WE HAVE X NUMBER OF THE POPULATION AND WHAT HAVE YOU, OR IS THIS JUST THAT YOU BASE IT OFF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE YOU'VE SEEN THROUGH YOUR CLINIC? AND SO, UM, WE JUST DID OUR BEST TO, TO PULL THOSE NUMBERS UP FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR, BUT AT THE MOMENT, I MEAN, WE, WE DON'T HAVE A CHOICE AND IN THE NUMBER OF VACCINES THAT WE GET, WE WERE NO, IT'S, WE'RE ALLOCATED 900 AND THAT'S BASED OFF THE NUMBERS THAT WE SUBMITTED FOR, UM, DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

AND YOU COULD HEAR A WORD THAT YOU'RE GETTING EVEN MORE TOMORROW OR THE NEXT WEEK, OR PERHAPS IT JUST, AGAIN, WHEN YOU MENTIONED THINGS JUST, WELL, WHAT WE DO KNOW, UM, WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THE FASTER, AND WE SAID THIS EARLIER, THE FASTER THAT WE ADMINISTER THOSE 900 DOSES, THE FASTER WE'LL GET MORE DOSES FROM THE STATE.

I MEAN, YOU PROVE YOURSELF.

IN OTHER WORDS, YOU PROVE THAT YOU CAN, UM, THAT SHE CAN SAFELY AND QUICKLY ADMINISTER THE VACCINE AND YOU GET MORE OF IT.

SO, UH, WE, WE WANNA, WE WANT TO GET THOSE 900 DOSES ADMINISTERED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE ONCE WE ACTUALLY RECEIVED THE VACCINE.

YEAH.

AND FOR FOLKS JUST JOINING US NOW, UH, AS WE MENTIONED THAT WE JUST GOT WORD THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, WE ARE ACCEPTING WHAT 900 OF THE DOSES FROM THE MEDINA, UH, VACCINE, AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET THEM NEXT WEEK, PERHAPS, MAYBE, HOPEFULLY.

SO, YEAH.

SO AS SOON AS THOSE COME IN, UM, THEY WILL BE ADMINISTERED AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL, WE'LL, WE'LL GET MORE AND KIND OF GET THAT GOING.

UM, WE'LL GET, YOU KNOW, PFIZER AND WHAT HAVE YOU.

AND SO IT WAS A, SO THINGS ARE LOOKING LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE CITY OF GARLAND IS, IS, IS STARTING TO, YOU KNOW, GET THOSE, THE PLAN IS IN PLACE ALREADY FOR HOW WE WILL BE ADMINISTERING IT.

AND A LOT OF THE, UH, I GUESS, DECISIONS ON THAT, HOW THAT'S HAPPENING AND WHERE, AND WHAT HAVE YOU, UH, YOU'RE BASING IT ON, ON, ON CDC GUIDELINES, I IMAGINE.

AND, AND, AND OTHER EXPERTS IN, IN HOW TO MOVE FORWARD WITH, WITH THIS PROCESS.

ABSOLUTELY.

WE'RE BASING THAT ON CDC GUIDELINES, DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, GUIDELINES, GUIDELINES FROM THE VACCINE MANUFACTURER.

UM, BUT YOU KNOW, FOR THE, FOR THE VIEWING AUDIENCE OUT THERE, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO REASSURE THEM THAT, THAT, YOU KNOW, THE GARLAND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WE'VE BEEN, WE'VE BEEN PLANNING ON VACCINE DISTRIBUTION FOR WHAT NOW IT'S FIVE OR SIX MONTHS.

I MEAN, WE'VE KNOWN THIS IS COMING.

UM, SO, SO WE'VE BEEN, WE'VE BEEN PLANNING THIS FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

WE WORKING WITH OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GROUP, WORKING WITH A FIRE DEPARTMENT POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND THEN THE CITIES OF ROLLA.

AND SAXY, THERE'S BEEN AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF WORK DONE BY A LOT OF PEOPLE TO PLAN FOR THIS.

YEAH, WE'VE GOT READY.

WE'RE READY.

WE'RE READY.

AND, YEAH, WE GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD AS WELL.

SO ANY, YOU KNOW, WE GOT A COUPLE OF MINUTES LEFT.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO CUT ANYBODY OFF IF ANYBODY HAS ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO, YOU KNOW, ANYTHING ELSE WE HAVEN'T COVERED THAT YOU WOULD PERHAPS WANT TO MENTION, WANT TO LET FOLKS KNOW HERE IN GARLAND ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE, THIS PROCESS WHAT'S HAPPENING.

YOU KNOW, I MENTIONED BEHIND THE SCENES, THERE'S A LOT GOING ON AND A LOT OF PLANNING HAPPENING HERE, UM, YOU KNOW, IN PREPARATION FOR THE VACCINES AND HOW THOSE WILL BE HANDLED.

UM, AND, AND WE TRY TO KEEP THINGS, TRY TO UPDATE FOLKS AGAIN ON OUR WEBSITE, SOCIAL MEDIA AND LET FOLKS KNOW HOW, HOW THINGS WILL WORK.

UM, AND THERE IS A PLAN IN PLACE.

AND SO THAT IS THE PURPOSE AGAIN OF THIS FACEBOOK LIVE TODAY.

AND HOPEFULLY WE WERE ABLE AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ANSWER SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS,

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UH, THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE.

BUT YEAH, IF ANYTHING ELSE THAT PERHAPS WE SHOULD LET THE PUBLIC KNOW ABOUT, UH, THE VACCINE COVID, UH, JUST, UM, KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, WE'LL UPDATE IT AS SOON AS WE KNOW, UM, AND TO, YOU KNOW, STAY SAFE, WEAR YOUR MASKS AND THE VACCINES ARE HERE, THEY'RE COMING, UM, AND THERE, AND A LOT ARE COMING AND IT'S QUICK GOING TO BE QUICK.

IS IT, IS IT TOO, UM, AM I BEING TOO UNREALISTIC TO THINK THAT PERHAPS THAT ALL OF GARLAND WILL GET VACCINATED OR OBVIOUSLY, IS THAT, IS THAT A WISH OF YOURS? WELL, I, I DON'T THINK IT'S, IT'S NOT UNREALISTIC TO SAY THAT IT, THAT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE VACCINES AVAILABLE TO EVERY GARLAND RESIDENT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

AND THAT NOW THAT'S GOING TO BE A MONTH LONG PROCESS.

UM, I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS OUT THERE THAT FOR WHATEVER REASON, THEY, THEY JUST CHOOSE NOT TO BE VACCINATED.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, TO, TO THOSE FOLKS, I MEAN, I KNOW THAT I KNOW THAT INDIVIDUALS HAVE VARIOUS CONCERNS FOR VACCINES.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM TO REVIEW THE, UH, THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE INDIVIDUAL VACCINE MANUFACTURERS AND THE CDC.

UM, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S A PERSONAL CHOICE.

UM, SO, SO NO, I DON'T ANTICIPATE EVERY GARLAND RESIDENT GETTING VACCINATED, BUT I DO ANTICIPATE VACCINES BEING AVAILABLE FOR EVERY GARLAND RESIDENT AT SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

AND THINK OF YOUR LOVED ONES TOO, WHEN, WHEN, WHEN YOU'RE THINKING OR DECIDING, UH, ABOUT, YOU KNOW, GETTING THE VACCINE IT'S, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, OF COURSE I VACCINE PROTECTS AN INDIVIDUAL, UM, BUT BY EXTENSION, AND PARTICULARLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC, UM, IF ONE INDIVIDUAL IN A HOUSEHOLD IS PROTECTED BY A VACCINE BY EXTENSION THAT, THAT PROTECTS YOUR LOVED ONES IN THE HOUSEHOLD, THAT IT REDUCES THE RISK OF YOU CATCHING A VIRUS, BRINGING IT HOME AND TRANSMITTING IT TO YOUR FAMILY, THE MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE VACCINATED, IT REDUCES THAT RISK FOR YOUR FRIENDS.

THINK OF ALL THOSE FRIENDS THAT YOU'VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SPEND MUCH TIME WITH OVER THE LAST NINE MONTHS, UM, THINK OF YOUR COWORKERS, UH, THINK OF YOUR COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE VACCINATED, UM, THE MORE PROTECTION IS PROVIDED TO OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE.

SO NOT ONLY IS IT GOOD AT THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL IT'S, IT'S, IT'S GOOD AT THE SOCIETAL LEVEL.

UM, ANOTHER QUESTION HERE ON FACEBOOK, UH, HOW WILL YOU MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH VACCINES FOR THE SECOND DOSE? SO THE VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PLAN THAT THE 900 DOSES THAT, THAT WE, UH, WE'LL GET NEXT WEEK ARE CONSIDERED FIRST, UM, FIRST ROUND VACCINES.

UM, AND AS PART OF THAT DISTRIBUTION PROCESS, THE, UH, THE STATE IS, IS SORT OF A, UM, THEY KNOW THAT IN, IN THE CASE OF MODERN, A VACCINE NINE NOW IN 28 DAYS, THE CITY OF GARLAND WILL NEED ANOTHER 900 DOSES.

ASSUMING THAT WE GIVE ALL 900 DOSES, WHICH WE'RE GOING TO THEY'LL KNOW IN 28 DAYS, WE NEED ANOTHER 900 DOSES FOR THE SECOND ROUND SHOT.

ALL RIGHT.

AND, UM, LET ME SEE.

WELL, SOMEBODY ELSE HAS A QUESTION HERE IN TERMS OF, AND WE MENTIONED IT EARLIER ALREADY, BUT, UH, SOME FOLKS ASKING ABOUT, OKAY, MY AGE GROUP, UM, AND THOSE TIERS, UM, HOW, HOW DO I FIND THAT OUT? ACTUALLY, THE INFORMATION THAT I PRINTED OFF IS THERE'S INFORMATION BOTH ON CDC AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES WEBPAGE.

AND SO WE MAY, I WILL HAVE TO CHECK AFTER THIS FACEBOOK LIVE, WE MAY HAVE A LINK ON OUR VACCINE PAGE ALREADY, AND WE DO IT, I DUNNO FROM DAN.

AND WE WANT TO JUST PULL IT UP ALREADY ANYWAY, BUT YEAH, IF YOU DO WANT MORE INFORMATION AND WE HAVE POSTED MORE INFORMATION, UH, GARLAND, TX.GOV FORWARD SLASH COVID VACCINE, YOU'LL FIND THE VERY LATEST.

SO THERE, WE HAVE ALSO INCLUDED LINKS TO THE CDC, UH, PFIZER, THE FAQ'S, UM, STATE RESOURCES AS WELL.

SO IF YOU GO THERE, WE HAVE PROVIDED OTHER LINKS, AND WE SHOULD MENTION THAT WE, WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THAT SITE ITSELF.

UH, BECAUSE AGAIN, THINGS WILL BE CHANGING.

WE'LL BE ADDING MORE INFORMATION, WE'LL BE ADDING THE MATERNITY INFORMATION AS WELL, UH, FOR THAT VACCINE AS WELL.

SO RIGHT NOW THAT'S WHERE YOU CAN GO GARLAND, TX.GOV, A FORWARD SLASH COVID VACCINE.

AND YOU CAN GET THE VERY LATEST IN TERMS OF, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE, UM, COVID 19 VACCINE.

SO, UM, I'M LOOKING THROUGH HERE, SEE IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS THAT WE PERHAPS, IF WE DIDN'T GET TO YOUR QUESTION, MY APOLOGIES, BUT, UH, JASON, DIANA, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING ELSE OR, OR IF, IF, IF YOU THINK THAT WE HAVE COVERED IT AND VIEWING PUBLIC HAS DONE A GREAT JOB.

YES.

GOOD QUESTIONS.

I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING THAT I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THAT WE HAVEN'T COVERED.

DIANA CAN, YOU KNOW? NOPE.

YEAH.

AND HOPEFULLY WE COVERED IT

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AND Y'ALL ARE READY READILY AVAILABLE, UH, TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC.

UM, UH, IF, IF THEY WANT TO GET AHOLD OF YOU, OF COURSE, ALL OUR INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE AS WELL, GARLAND, TX.GOV, UH, FOR ANY AND ALL INFORMATION REGARDING THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS.

AND, AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE, AT THE VACCINE.

SO WE THANK YOU, UH, JASON, DIANA FOR JOINING US, AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND, AND, AND ASKING THESE QUESTIONS AND, UH, PLEASE BE CAREFUL OUT THERE IT TAKE CARE AND BE SAFE.

AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THIS FACEBOOK LIVE.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Speech-to-Text.