MCH sending 1500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to rural hospitals

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ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar)–In an effort to get the Permian Basin vaccinated against COVID-19, Medical Center Hospital is sending 1,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to hospitals across West Texas.

Rankin County Hospital District, Pecos County Memorial Hospital, Winkler County Hospital, and Ward Memorial Hospital have all received doses of the vaccine from MCH, according to a release.

“These regional hospitals have largely been left out when it comes to vaccine distribution,” says Russell Tippin, President & CEO of Medical Center Health System. “With us receiving a weekly allotment of vaccines, it’s important for us to get some of these out to the rural areas of West Texas. These hospitals play just as important a role in combating COVID-19 as the bigger hospitals. Without the work and dedication of these regional hospitals, healthcare facilities in the bigger cities would be even more overwhelmed.”

MCH will continue to receive an allotment of 3,900 Pfizer vaccines weekly for the near future and the hospital has says it will continue to send vaccines to regional hospitals as necessary.

Weekly drive-thru vaccination clinics will also continue at Ratliff Stadium through at least February.

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