When will a vaccine become available? Dr. Doggett says it will likely be the third one approved.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


As states make plans to distribute the first vaccine for Covid-19, Stephenville’s health authority Dr. Kelly Doggett said it could be weeks or months before it’s available locally.

“I’m signed up and on the list to receive it, but have not heard anything. I suspect locally we won’t be a priority,” Dr. Doggett told Beneath the Surface News. “I saw that the TDH was making arrangements to send the vaccine to 21 hospitals in North Texas, but I’m not sure anyone locally has capability to store the first approved vaccine because it has to be stored at minus 91 degrees.


“The second vaccine still requires ultra-cold storage, but somewhere in the minus 60s, I believe. The third vaccine that is likely to be approved can be stored in a regular refrigerator. That’s likely the one I’ll be able to give.”


Doggett said he hopes to receive more information later this week, after the vaccine officially receives approval.