Most of the extreme COVID-19 outbreaks have happened at long-term care facilities.
Now, Texas state is working hard to vaccinate people who live and work at those locations.
According to Governor Greg Abbott, Texas is participating in a federal program to vaccinate residents and staff of long-term care facilities against COVID-19.
This will be a free program in partnership with CVS and Walgreens. The pharmacies will send staff to vaccinate those who want one starting December 28.
Angela Biggs said, “Well, the concern is real.”
Angela Biggs’ 30-year-old daughter, Amber, lives at the Denton State Supported Living Center, a long-term care facility. She has experience of living with a traumatic brain injury since birth.
Biggs said, “So, she has a long history of psychosis.”
“This affects her mentally and psychiatrically.”
There are 426 people who live at the facility, and 162 of them have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Texas Health and Human Services data, all of those cases are now negative, but Biggs fears what would happen if her daughter comes positive.
“I’m more concerned with not being able to assist the staff or care for her if she got sick, and being cut off from seeing Amber because Amber relies on my communications and conveying it to the staff,” she explained.
Long-term care facilities that have not enrolled in the program may choose to do so with the Texas Department of State Health Services’ immunization program.