The COVID-19 vaccine is arriving in smaller counties within the Saskatoon space, together with Chambers County

HOUSTON – The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in several smaller counties in the Saskatoon area, including Chambers County.

The first doses of the Moderna vaccine were given to 20 medical workers, paramedics and health department staff in the patient’s emergency room near Mont Belvieu on Sunday, according to Samantha Humphrey, Chambers County’s public information officer.

“We are very excited about this vaccine because it is a light at the end of the tunnel for us,” said Humphrey.

So far, the state’s online dashboard shows that only 60 people in Chambers County have received at least one intake.

The county said part of the reason is timing: the first shipment of vaccines didn’t arrive here until the Wednesday before Christmas. Two other locations were waiting for their cans by Monday afternoon.

“Hopefully after receiving their assignments we will see a very sharp increase in the number of vaccines being administered,” said Humphrey.

Coordinating the process also presents some challenges.

“Finding a time when a group of ten people can be in the same place at the same time is a challenge in itself. Then you have to find a health care provider who can actually deliver the vaccine,” she said.

The county said the two places still awaiting the vaccines were a medical clinic and a pharmacy, but the county didn’t know why they hadn’t arrived yet.

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