Doctors in some fields, like chiropractic care and optometry, say it's been hard for them to find the COVID-19 vaccine.
DALLAS– As 2020 pertained to an end, it was the start of the COVID-19 vaccinations. Many frontline healthcare workers got their very first dosage of
the vaccine, however the amount is just a fraction of what physicians state is needed to reach herd immunity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.66 million individuals received their very first dosage
of the vaccine in the United States, consisting of more than 414,000 Texans. Carepath Healthcare System, a hospice firm in Arlington, is one of the places that received 500 dosages of the Moderna vaccine. There was a line out the door and
wrapped around the building last week as individuals waited in line to be immunized. Lana Lynch, a registered nurse and the executive director, said they ran out of vaccines rapidly. A few of individuals who waited in line were healthcare workers too.”We have been swamped with calls,”said Lynch. Carepath has gotten more calls than vaccines offered.”We have the capability to immunize about 800 individuals a day, and they sent us 500 vaccines. We are asking for more, and hopefully, we will get those vaccines and get them in people's arms.”
Many physicians, who do not work in a medical facility system like dental practitioners, eye doctors or chiropractors, have no clear responses on when and where they can get the vaccine.
“Nobody appears to understand if, as a chiropractic physician, we are group 1a or 1b,”stated Dr. Jeff Manning. He's the chiropractic specialist and owner of Manning Wellness Clinic in Dallas.
“We are so near to patients, and we see numerous people all
day long so it puts us at more threat of direct exposure,”Manning stated. He and his personnel have called different places and even the health department, unable to discover the vaccine. “It's hard enough to make the decision to proceed and get the vaccine, but then on top of it needing to work so tough to track it down is incredibly discouraging,” he said.
Manning has put many security precautions in place in his center. Clients are spaced out so they don't overlap. Temperatures are examined at the front desk. Sanitizer is readily available, and equipment is wiped down between each client. However no matter the number of preventative measures he takes, the nature of his task puts him at risk.
“It's difficult due to the fact that we're in that middle ground,”said Dr. Manning.
As for Carepath Healthcare System, Lynch is anticipating an update on whether they will get more vaccines today. They are glad to be a part of the procedure, getting their patients, personnel, other healthcare employees and the public immunized.