Corpus Christi and Nueces County authorities plan to set up a COVID-19 mass vaccination center at the American Bank Center, but they do not currently have vaccines to distribute. The drive-through distribution at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, which is set up as a mega location, had to be canceled from January 18-21 as no new deliveries from the state had arrived. Distribution centers are classified as mega-locations if they dispense at least 1,000 cans per day.
The mass facility is being set up to make vaccines more accessible to people who cannot drive to Robstown.
“This is another website that not only helps reduce waiting times at our website, but also appeals to a different population who cannot wait in a drive-through,” said Melissa Munguia, Emergency Management Coordinator for Nueces County District Commissioner at their meeting on January 20th.
The American Bank Center grounds are operated by Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
The vaccine shortage goes to extremes, said Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales.
“The problem is not us,” she said. “The problem is that the national offer is very limited. We are ready.”
The county and city are currently awaiting delivery of 5,000 state-promised Moderna vaccine doses. Once delivered, they will be distributed around the fairgrounds, subject to availability, to eligible individuals in Phases 1A and 1B of the Texas state vaccination schedule, including healthcare workers, long-term care workers, and residents aged 65 and over and those aged 16 and over with severe Diseases.
Of the 9,380 doses already distributed, 75 percent were given to residents of Nueces County, 98 percent of whom live in Corpus Christi. You do not have to be a Nueces County resident to get a shot from the location, which is established for the entire Coastal Bend region.
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