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CDC: Third Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended For Moderately & Severely Immunocompromised Individuals Only

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CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs Business News – August 17, 2021
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs has ONE mission: To Extend the Health Ministry of Jesus Christ.

By Holly Ragan, Senior Market Development, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs, [email protected]

Thank you for your patience!

Due to a sharp increase in Emergency Room visits as a result of the spike in COVID-19, please expect longer wait times than normal. Rest assured we are doing everything we can to provide high quality care in a timely manner. Thank you in advance for allowing us to provide for your healthcare needs, while extending grace to our staff.

COVID Vaccine Clinics

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs will host a COVID Vaccine Clinic every Friday morning from 9am to 11am in the main lobby of the hospital until further notice.  The available vaccines include Moderna (2-doses, ages 18 and older), Pfizer (2-doses, ages 12 and older) and Johnson & Johnson (1-dose, ages 18 and older), Appointments not required, but parent/guardian must accompany anyone 17 and younger.

COVID Vaccine Updates

News from the Texas Department of State Health Services:

“On Aug. 12, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization fact sheets to include guidance on administering an additional dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that people whose immune system are moderately to severely compromised receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after an initial two-dose mRNA series (Pfizer or Moderna).

ACIP’s recommendation includes people with a range of conditions, such as recipients of organ or stem cell transplants, people with advance or untreated HIV infection, active recipients of treatment for cancer, people who are taking some medications that weaken the immune system, and others. A full list of conditions can be found on CDC’s website:

The additional dose should be the same vaccine product as the initial two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). If the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available, the other mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered. A person should not receive more than three mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses. 

It’s important to note that an additional dose is only recommended for individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised — CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time. 

Currently, there are insufficient data to support the use of an additional mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose after a single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccination series in immunocompromised people. FDA and CDC are actively working to provide guidance on this issue.

Immunocompromised individuals may discuss with their health care provider whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. If their health care provider is not at a site administering vaccines, these individuals can self-attest and receive the additional dose wherever vaccines are offered. For more information, please visit:”

Carter BloodCare Blood Drive

The Carter BloodCare Bus will be parked in the front parking lot of our hospital in Sulphur Springs on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Our local blood supply is at an all-time low creating a serious supply issue.  

To sign up to give blood, or for questions, please call Yeon Mi Kim at 903.438.4380 or call/text Carter Bloodcare at 800.366.2834.  All donors will receive a free t-shirt.

Sports Medicine

FREE Saturday Athletic Injury Clinic for student athletes of all ages is here!  Saturday sports clinic will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., on August 21 through November 13.  Athletes will get an exam and free x-ray to determine a plan of care to treat their injury.  The location will be the CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Orthopedic Office at 103B Medical Circle in Sulphur Springs.

For more information about our Sports Medicine program, or Orthopedic services, please call our office at 903.885.6688.

Please help us preserve our masks for our healthcare providers, and BRING YOUR OWN MASK

With COVID cases rapidly increasing in our community, the hospital requires all visitors to wear a mask while in the facility. There is no entry into the hospital without a mask. Visitors may wear a cloth or medical mask. Thank you for your continued support of the safety of our patients and associates.

Hospital Bed Availability

While some hospitals are on divert due to a “critical COVID surge,” CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital continues to serve patients, and has available hospital beds, both for COVID and non-COVID diagnoses. 

Hospital Visitation

Please note the following guidelines for hospital visitation:

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital Sulphur Springs Emergency Room
  • Visitors must acquire masks themselves prior to entering our facility; cloth masks are acceptable.  Masks must cover both the nose and the mouth.  Visitors must remain masked during their time in the hospital.
  • Emergency Department entrance open 24/7
  • Main Entrance open 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
    • Gift Shop open
  • Visiting hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Types of Visitors:
    • COVID receiving aerosol treatments: via tele-visitation only.
    • COVID not receiving aerosol treatments: 1 Essential support person at a time – Essential support person will be given a visible wrist band
      • COVID unit visitor must remain the same throughout stay
    • ICU/ER: 1 Essential support person only
    • All other patients may have 1 essential support person and 1 visitor (up to 2 persons in room at a time).

Hours of Operation

CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Urgent Care – Sulphur Springs

The CHRISTUS Urgent Care hours of operation are as follows:

  • In-Person Care Hours: Monday, 9-5; Tuesday, closed; Wednesday-Saturday, 9-5; Sunday, closed.
  • Virtual Visit Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-5

The Urgent Care is located at 1339 S. Broadway, and the phone number to call is 903.951.1001.

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals – Tyler, South Tyler, Jacksonville, Winnsboro and Sulphur Springs; the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital – Tyler; CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Encompass Health; Tyler Continue CARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, a long-term acute care facility; and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic.

CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the area’s preferred multi-specialty medical group, with more than 400 Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers representing 36 specialties in 34 locations serving Northeast Texas across 41 counties.

For more information on services available through CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit

  • Bed count – 402 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler
  • Bed count – 8 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – South Tyler
  • Bed count – 25 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Jacksonville
  • Bed Count – 96 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs
  • Bed count – 25 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Winnsboro
  • Bed count – 94 – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Bed count – 96 – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart – Tyler
  • Bed count – 51 – Tyler Continue CARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs

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Author: Taylor Davis

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