Since opening its doors Feb. 2, the Ellis County Vaccination Hub has administered 14,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. With the demand for vaccines rising, the need for more volunteers to work at the hub continues to grow.
Ellis County Judge Todd Little said he couldn’t be prouder of the hard work put in by so many to help get a critical resource out to the people who need it.
“We have completed about 14,000 vaccines at the Waxahachie Ellis County Hub,” Little said. “The goal in the first six weeks will be about 28,000 first dose vaccines. So, at the end of 12 weeks, an estimate will be around 55,000 vaccines, which will hopefully include most of the 1A and 1B populations in Ellis County. The original goal that we committed to was 30,000.”
The vaccination hub administered 11,964 doses from Feb. 2-Feb. 25; an estimated 1,300 doses were given out Saturday, Feb. 27.
Beginning the week of March 2, the hub will begin to see people receiving their second doses.
As of Feb. 25, the hub’s vaccine recipients were comprised of 73.3% Ellis County residents and 26.7% non-Ellis County residents.
Little said the team effort at the hub has had to overcome challenges such as the historic winter storm.
“Our emergency management and first responders are amazing people in Ellis County,” Little said, noting the warming shelters that were set up across the county and later efforts that saw the delivery of fresh drinking water to those in need.
“There is no way that I could have done it without them, but I certainly understand when I see them getting tired,” said Little, who encourages others to become involved and sign up on the hub’s volunteer website.
Samantha Pickett, Ellis County Emergency Management Coordinator, shared Little’s thoughts about the need for volunteers.
“It takes a lot of resources and manpower to keep the hub running smoothly,” Pickett said. “We will gladly take any help we can get.”
About 80 volunteers are needed each day to help keep operations running smoothly; volunteers serve as wheelchair attendees, logistics personnel, exterior traffic workers, and door greeters. To sign up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/volunteerwaxahachie.
To sign up for the vaccine, register online at www.bswhealth.com/covid-vaccine or by calling 844-279-8222. Do not show up without an appointment or call the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center as it will not be able to provide any information regarding a vaccine.
For more information on the hub, visit the Ellis County website at www.co.ellis.tx.us or check out its official Facebook page, Ellis County, TX Government.