Prepping vaccines

Inside the Fulton Convention Center National Guard members were busy preparing the Moderna vaccine.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) hosted a free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 18 at the Fulton Convention Center (Paw & Taws) at which more than 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine were administered.

Aransas County Medical Services, Inc. (ACMSI) Executive Director Patricia Arnold said 211 vaccines were administered Wednesday, and an additional 425 Thursday.

“They brought an extra 200 doses Thursday,” she said.

Originally, it was believed only 200 would be available each day.

(Note: The ACMSI is serving as leader of the Aransas County COVID-19 Task Force.)

Arnold said the weather presented some problems Wednesday.

“We had to make some adjustments to get people out of the rain,” she said.

Thursday’s clinic wasn’t nearly as busy at the start.

“We started making calls from the call list, a Code Red alert was sent out, and a message noting the availability of the vaccine was sent out via various social media sites,” said Arnold.

“I’m pretty impressed how vaccinated our county is,” adding, “So many people have already received either the first dose or are completely vaccinated.”

Many Aransas County residents received their vaccines outside the county.

Everyone 50 years of age or over, as well as educators and day care workers, are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

“I expect the vaccine to be available to the general population sometime in May,” said Arnold.

Several second dose vaccination clinics have been held, and more will be held in the near future, according to Arnold.

“I really appreciate all our volunteers, and those who came out to help administer the vaccine,” she said. “All the military people (provided through TDEM) have been great to work with.”

Register for vaccine

Residents are invited to put their name and phone number on a list to be contacted for future vaccination events by going to https://forms.gle/kLvfut9h1S7nC2759. If a resident does not have access to a computer, they should send a letter with their name and contact phone number to: Vaccination, Aransas County: 2840 Hwy 35 N. Rockport, TX 78382. Information will not be taken by phone from any entities.

This list does not guarantee one the vaccine, it simply lets county representatives know one needs the vaccine.

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