Notice as of 4/14/2021:
As you are likely aware, DSHS asked vaccine providers in Texas to pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following yesterday's recommendation from the CDC and FDA. Six cases of a rare blood clot condition in individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prompted the pause in administration to allow data to be reviewed.
A few key messages:
• Reports of the blood clots are extremely rare.
• The blood clots seem to occur 1 – 2 weeks after vaccination.
• People experiencing severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath should seek medical care.
• The pause will allow time for healthcare providers to diagnose and treat patients, and report cases that may be related to the vaccine. It will also give the CDC time to review the data on the cases that have been reported.
• People who are currently scheduled to get vaccinated with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should keep their appointments and move forward with vaccination.
For more information click the following link: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine-faqs.aspx#jj
COVID-19 VACCINE Information for
The Lamar County COVID-19 call center number for vaccine sign-up waiting list is 903-737-4167, and will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-Noon each day. Staff will assist you in signing up for the PLCHD vaccine waiting list.
You may sign-up yourself as well on the City of Paris Homepage at www.paristexas.gov
You can also check the availability of vaccine at the following VACCINE HUBS:
(Tyler) - NET Health 903-535-0030
(Tyler) - UT Health Science Center 903-877-5703
(Dallas) - Parkland Hospital 214-590-8000
(Dallas) - UT Southwestern Medical Center / Zale Lipshy Pavilion 214-648-3111
(Dallas) - Dallas County Health and Human Services 972-692-2780
(Denton) - Department of Public Health - Denton County 972-434-4700
12/2/2020 - Update from the Paris-Lamar County Health District regarding new CDC optional guidelines regarding COVID-19 quarantine:
The CDC still recommends a 14-day quarantine “as the best way to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.” However, the quarantine can end after 10 days if the person has not developed any symptoms from exposure to COVID-19. The Health District does not recommend allowing a negative test to be released early from the 10 day quarantine. Data has shown that individuals exposed to the virus can become symptomatic at any phase of the quarantine period from day 1 to day 14. A negative test does not guarantee that the exposed individual will not become symptomatic the next day or days after the initial test, the test result is only good at the time of the test. Lamar County is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and we urge all individuals to please wear your mask, avoid large gatherings, do not go to work or out in public if you have tested positive or are symptomatic for the virus, wash your hands or use germ gel regularly and properly clean surfaces shared by others.
Gina Prestridge, Executive Director
Paris-Lamar County Health District
The mission of the Paris-Lamar County Health District is to provide the best possible opportunity for good health to the citizens of Lamar County through health promotion and the prevention of disease.
Public health services for the City of Paris and Lamar County are provided by this department. Funding is derived from the City of Paris and Lamar County as well as through grants from the Texas Department of State Health Services. As a public health department most services are primarily preventive medical treatment. Services provided include pre-natal care, family planning, immunizations, care of non-emergency medical problems, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, Women, Infant and Children (WIC) nutrition program and sanitary inspections.
The staff includes a medical director, nurse practitioner, nurses, and clerical staff capable of delivering care, answering patient questions, and maintaining office service. In the event of an emergency, patients are referred to Paris Regional Medical Center emergency room.
Appointments are scheduled after patients have completed Medical History forms and the Health Care Assistance Application. These forms are located in the Info Center under Patient Forms. Immunizations do not require appointments.
Fees are determined by the local health board. Services of the Paris-Lamar County Health District are provided regardless of ability to pay, however, payment is expected when services are rendered unless prior arrangements have been made. Programs are available for low income families for reduced fees or no fees. Applicants qualify on an individual basis for one year. Applications must be renewed annually. Applications are available at the office or on this website.
We accept cash, check, debit card, VISA, MasterCard and Discover.