Have a shot

Nurses and medical assistants prepare to give a Moderna vaccine to an Aransas County resident in their car.

The South Texas Family Planning Clinic (STFPC) of Rockport held the first public COVID-19 vaccine offering in Aransas County Friday, Jan. 8.

The clinic administered 100 free Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in a drive through setting.

A long line of vehicles stretched around the back of Live Oak Plaza as patients waited to be parked and given the vaccine without leaving their vehicle.

An onsite Physician Assistant, Terry Trevino, allowed for the vaccine to be administered by nurses and medical assistants. If the recipient of the vaccine felt no ill effects after 15 minutes, they were allowed to leave.

STFPC Representative Cynthia Gonzales said the process went smoothly and everyone who received the vaccine was grateful.

“It’s just an honor and a blessing to be able to bring hope like this into a community that so desperately needs it,” said Gonzales.

While it is uncertain when the STFPC will receive its next batch of public vaccines to administer, Gonzales said the clinic has built up a waiting list of around 115 patients. When the vaccine arrives at the clinic, patients will be notified ahead of time for a distribution date.

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