ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC)- Abilene is currently in phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which means if you are over the age of 65 or if you are over the age of 16 with a preexisting-health condition, you can sign up to get your vaccine.
“So right now, we’re asking people to go to our website,” said Annette Lerma, director of public health for Taylor County and Abilene.
Lerma says there’s a survey you need to fill out to get in line.
“We do understand that there’s lots of people who don’t have access to the internet,” said Lerma.
Others need help navigating the internet, but Lerma has a solution.
“All you adult children who have elderly parents, call them and help them fill out the form. So, if you can get them on the phone, and you’ve got the form in front of you on your computer, you can take all that information down and hit submit,” said Lerma.
The other option is to call the health department directly.
“I have 12 people who are working on nothing other than taking the calls that need help with filling the form out,” said Lerma.
The health department asks that you do not call to verify that you’re on the list, however, as their staff handling phone calls cannot access the waiting list.
Senior citizen Reverend Iziar Lankford said he is excited to get the vaccine soon.
“Yes, I am looking forward to it,” said Lankford.
Lankford said he can still remember when a classmate got polio and survived.
“They found a cure for polio, so I am convinced that we’ll be cured for this pandemic,” said Lankford.
Lankford encourages other people to get the vaccine, too.
“I believe the science. Everyone, if you get an opportunity, please take it. It can be the difference between life and death,” said Lankford.
Lerma says that everyone in the phase 1 who wants a vaccine will receive one.
“There are lots and lots in phase 1B, so I can imagine we will be here for a little bit longer,” said Lerma.
Lerma does clarify that they will keep giving the vaccine to elderly and at-risk patients until no one else in phase 1 can be identified.
For the link to the forms, click here.