COVID-19 Vaccine and Therapy Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Everyone 12 years old and older in Texas is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations. All vaccines are authorized for people 18 years old and older. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 12 years old and older.

Although Ellis County closed the Vaccination Hub at the Waxahachie Senior Citizen Center on June 4, 2021, as of May 10, vaccine providers are able to order vaccine from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) directly on a daily basis.  Vaccination locations continue to be readily available in the community.  Vaccine locations in and around Midlothian include Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Waxahachie; Methodist Family Health Center, in Cedar Hill; Brookshires Pharmacy, Kroger Pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy, U.S. Drug Mart, and others. Use the National Vaccine Finder to locate providers with supply in stock.

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Center


A Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Center has been opened at the Ferris Scout House to treat Ellis County residents who have contracted COVID-19.  Monoclonal therapy, which is marketed under the name Regeneron, has been shown to clear patients of COVID-19 within 48 hours in about 70% of cases.

Location: 514 Mable Street, Ferris, TX 75125

Dates and Hours: Through Nov. 15, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Treatment is free of charge.  Drug costs are covered by state and federal funding.
  • Patients must be within the first 10 days of showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Walk-ins are accepted.

To pre-register for appointment visit www.mdlabtx.com.


Vaccine Distribution Plan

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is being coordinated by the HHSDSHS-Logo Opens in new windowTexas State Department of Health Services (DSHS). DSHS has outlined a plan for vaccine distribution on their website. Because providers can now order vaccine from DSHS on a daily basis, DSHS discontinued allocating vaccine to providers each week.  

Mobile Vaccine Program Available

Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), and the Texas Military Department (TMD) offer the State Mobile Vaccine Program to include groups of five or more Texans who voluntarily choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Texans can call 844-90-TEXAS and select Option 3 to schedule a mobile vaccine clinic to vaccinate groups of friends, families, employees, volunteers, and others.

Homebound Texans are still encouraged to call the hotline and select Option 1 to request a state mobile vaccination team to visit their home. The call center is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Center

 

A Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Center has been opened at the Ferris Scout House to treat Ellis County residents who have contracted COVID-19.

Location: 514 Mable Street, Ferris, TX 75125

Dates and Hours: Open through Nov. 15, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Treatment free of charge.  Drug costs are covered by state and federal funding.
  • Patients must be within the first 10 days of showing symptoms for COVID-19.
  • This is the drug therapy marketed under the name Regeneron, which has resulted in patients being cleared of COVID-19 within 48 hours in about 70% of cases.
  • Walk-ins are accepted, or you may register for appointment at www.mdlabtx.com.


Helpful Vaccine Information

Providers require no documentation of eligibility at vaccine appointment.

Residency is not required to receive a vaccine from the pharmacies or health care providers.

Residency is not required by county health departments providing the vaccine.

There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccination. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

Both the COVID‑19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna require two shots to be effective. Both doses need to be from the same manufacturer, spaced 21 or 28 days apart. Full protection from the vaccine usually occurs 1–2 weeks after getting the second dose. The vaccine from Johnson and Johnson requires only one dose to be effective.

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Vaccine Types and Side Effects


DSHS continues to provide up-to-date information related to COVID-19 case numbers, testing, and vaccination safety, effectiveness and availability.