Some healthcare workers unsure where they fall in line for the COVID-19 vaccine –

4January 2021

Doctors in some fields, like chiropractic care and optometry, state it's been hard for them to find the COVID-19 vaccine.

DALLAS– As 2020 concerned an end, it was the start of the COVID-19 vaccinations. Many frontline healthcare workers received their very first dosage of

the vaccine, but the quantity is only a portion of what doctors state is needed to reach herd immunity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.66 million individuals received their very first dosage

of the vaccine in the United States, consisting of more than 414,000 Texans. Carepath Healthcare System, a hospice company in Arlington, is among the locations that received 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine. There was a line out the door and

twisted around the structure recently as people waited in line to be immunized. Lana Lynch, a signed up nurse and the executive director, said they lacked vaccines quickly. A few of the people who waited in line were health care workers too.”We have actually been swamped with calls,”said Lynch. Carepath has actually gotten more calls than vaccines readily available.”We have the capacity to immunize about 800 individuals a day, and they sent us 500 vaccines. We are requesting more, and ideally, we will get those vaccines and get them in individuals's arms.”

Many doctors, who do not work in a hospital system like dental practitioners, optometrists or chiropractic specialists, have no clear responses on when and where they can get the vaccine.

“Nobody seems to know if, as a chiropractic specialist, we are group 1a or 1b,”said Dr. Jeff Manning. He's the chiropractic physician and owner of Manning Wellness Clinic in Dallas.

“We are so near patients, and we see numerous people all

day long so it puts us at more risk of direct exposure,”Manning said. He and his personnel have called different locations and even the health department, unable to discover the vaccine. “It's tough enough to decide to go ahead and get the vaccine, however then on top of it needing to work so difficult to track it down is incredibly aggravating,” he stated.

Manning has put many safety preventative measures in place in his center. Patients are spaced out so they do not overlap. Temperatures are examined at the front desk. Sanitizer is offered, and equipment is cleaned down between each client. But no matter how many preventative measures he takes, the nature of his job puts him at threat.

“It's tough due to the fact that we're in that middle ground,”said Dr. Manning.

As for Carepath Healthcare System, Lynch is expecting an update on whether they will get more vaccines this week. They are pleased to be a part of the process, getting their clients, personnel, other healthcare employees and the general public vaccinated.


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