Corpus Christi officials to expand vaccination centers

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Corpus Christi and Nueces County officials held a press conference today at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds to discuss vaccination progress.

Corpus Christi city and county officials say 12,000 people will be vaccinated at seven events like Friday’s at Richard Borchard Fairgrounds between Friday and Saturday.

One thing Corpus Christi City officials agree on: practicing COVID-19 security protocols, even after Abbott’s lifting of the masks.

“The more it mutates, the harder it is for us to get a grip on it. So we really ask the community not to abandon your guard just because of the spring break,” said Annette Rodriguez, director of Corpus Christi public health said.

Wearing masks will be a requirement for all city officials like Peter Zanoni, who said it was in the air whether people entering City Hall would have to wear them. He says HEB will be selling Johnson and Johnson vaccines at the American Bank Center on Saturday and that they are trying to get more of that single-dose vaccine.

“We’re interested in getting Johnson and Johnson and we have requested 25,000 of them and we expect to get some soon,” said Zanoni.

Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said she wanted to expand vaccine distribution to more rural communities and remote locations.

She now says educators are at a qualifying level, she is checking distribution events near schools so they can be vaccinated in about 30 minutes.

She said they do their best to make clinics for people who work in schools on the weekends, but they can’t sit on the vaccine for too long.

She added she was also ready to see more mobile clinics in smaller jurisdictions.

“Colonias will be a perfect example of how a mobile vaccination clinic can be run. Maybe places like Banqeute, too, ”Canales said.

Canales said she has not identified all of the locations the mobile clinics will reach, but is looking into it.

It also calls on retirees who have worked in the medical profession to give the vaccines or enroll people.