Hospital official says second vaccine ‘will not be a problem’ as hospitalizations hold steady at 9.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


The rollout of the vaccines for Covid-19 have gone slower than expected, reaching nowhere near the 20 million people expected to be vaccinated by the end of last year.


And that’s raising concerns as the spread continues to surge across the country along with a new variant of the virus.

Hours after I posted an update Sunday from Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan on the vaccine distribution, readers expressed concern about whether the second round of shots will arrive in time for local healthcare workers who need them.


I reached out to Texas Health Stephenville President Chris Leu for an answer.


“It will not be a problem having the second dose vaccine available for those individuals who received their first dose at the hospital,” Leu said in a short statement to Beneath the Surface News.


Meanwhile, Berdan says the hospital system is working on the next phase of distribution.


“We are already preparing for the next phase of vaccinations within our Texas Health community, which will include those at higher risk of complications from the disease – people in the Texas Department of State Health Services Phase 1B group,” Berdan said.

NEW NUMBERS FROM LOCAL OFFICIALS


Erath County officials on Tuesday reported 72 new cases of Covid-19; 38 in Stephenville, four in Dublin and 30 in the county.


The new numbers reflect data through Jan. 4 and include an estimated 340 active cases and nine current hospitalizations.