Good News Amarillo! It turns out our COVID-19 numbers are really starting to trend in the right direction, and a lot of that is not just masks and distancing but folks taking advantage of the free immunization clinics happening downtown at the civic center. While the wait can be long, the city has made a point of keeping this up and running whenever they can and doing a decent job of posting information online.

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For the last several weeks the main focus has been on what the CDC Classifies as groups 1A and 1B which for you and me basically breaks down to folks who are 65 and older and those who are 18 and above who have chronic conditions like heart issues, diabetes, asthma, obesity and so on that could lead to complications if they were infected with COVID-19 as well as front line health care workers who are in hospitals along with nursing home residents and staff.

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Last week the state added to this list. Teachers were given the green light along with those in the education field such as those who work in head start programs, daycares and bus drivers when the CDC and Federal Government made a change in eligibility.

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Starting Monday however, another group of Texans can get ready to roll up their sleeves, known as group 1C This group includes those who are ages 50 through 64 and aren't already part of a previous immunization group.

The city is offering the clinic free of charge at the North Exhibit Hall of the Amarillo Convention Center with no appointments taken since everything is done on a walk in basis. as far as shots go after someone gets the first dose of the Moderna Vaccine administered on site, they will need to return within 28 days to get the second booster for full immunity. for those needing a lift the city is offering free rides via Amarillo City Transit to the civic center.

Want to find out if you're eligible? visit the official city website

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