A special vaccination clinic through the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10 at the Rockport Beach Park. A portion of The Park will be closed to outside traffic and only those individuals who have signed up through the Wait List and have been contacted in advance with a scheduled appointment will be able to drive past the entry booth.

Approximately 1,000 vaccines from the Region 11 DSHS office in Harlingen will be delivered Wednesday morning. The local government entities and Aransas County Medical Services, Inc. (ACMSI) have coordinated with the DSHS to set up the location and contact eligible individuals.

Volunteers reached out to individuals on the list Monday to schedule appointments for Wednesday. If no one was home, the caller left a voice message. If the party didn’t return the call before the 1,000 appointments were made, their name remains on the list for the next clinic.

On Tuesday, March 9, approximately 100 registered individuals over the age of 75 participated in a drive-through vaccination clinic at Paws and Taws. The program is part of the Governor’s “Save Our Seniors” program and is administered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).

“While we’re pleased they’re listening to us about the need in Aransas County, and providing us with these two clinics, we’ve got a long way to go. There are almost 11,000 people registered on the Wait List,” said Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills. “We’re working hard to get more doses into the county and into the pharmacies and doctors’ offices.”

Anyone who receives a vaccination Tuesday or Wednesday will automatically be signed up to receive a second dose at a later date. Until the actual vaccines arrive, there is no way of knowing which one will be administered.

Register for vaccine today

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. The ACMSI is not a COVID-19 vaccine provider. They are only compiling a list to assist the community. Please continue to find vaccines wherever available.

This list is for priorities 1A, 1B and teaching/childcare staff only. This program is separate from the vaccinations being offered by local pharmacies and others. This list does not guarantee anyone the vaccine. It simply lets organizers know one needs the vaccine.

As a reminder, Aransas County residents are not restricted to receiving the vaccine within the county. For information about vaccination sites within Texas, please visit a site maintained by the TDEM and State Health Services - https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html.

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