A community comes together to get the Erath County Vaccination Center up and running.

Updated: Jan 29


Stephenville’s health authority Dr. Kelly Doggett (far right, back), student-nurses at Tarleton State University and members of the Erath County Vaccination Center’s command staff are pictured on the center’s opening day. COURTESY DR. KELLY DOGGETT

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


It’s been a day worth celebrating.


The spread of Covid-19 took a hit on Thursday when the doors to the Erath County Vaccination Center opened for the first time.


Tarleton State University’s nursing students are working at the center alongside city and county officials, local firefighters, EMS, law enforcement agencies, volunteer nurses and pharmacists to run the operation.

“We have the capability to administer the vaccine faster than it is coming in, but we are working on getting our supply increased,” Stephenville’s health authority Dr. Kelly Doggett told Beneath the Surface News. “If we can achieve designation as a rural hub we will be able to get much more vaccine for our citizens.


“I’d encourage our citizens to write, call or email our state representative and senators, Department of Rural and Local Health Operations and Texas Department of State Health Services.


“Please let (ag commissioner) Sid Miller know we support his efforts to help get the vaccine here as well. He has been instrumental in helping us get the attention of folks in charge of distributing the vaccine.”


Dr. Doggett is also urging residents to continue to sign up for the vaccine on the Tarrant County website as the county works to launch its own online registration system.


For more information, call the Erath County Vaccination Center at 254-459-5053.