Victoria County Public Health Department ready to vaccinate educators next week

Health department ready to vaccinate educators next week

VICTORIA, Texas – Educators will now be able to register for a COVID-19 vaccine at the Victoria County Public Health Department.

David Gonzales with the Victoria County Public Health Department said eligible members can sign up to get on the waitlist and select the appropriate category.

“Our goal will be to complete all of their vaccinations at our March 18 and March 23 clinics,” Gonzales said. “After discussing with administrative representatives from their respective agencies, we determined that we would be able to have most faculty and staff come into our clinic next week which is spring break and to our March 23 clinic.”

The clinic will be open all day on March 23 so teachers are able to come during a lunch break, confirmed Gonzales.

Gonzales added that patients are now able to get through within minutes of arriving at the hub due to their process improvement.

“We will be administering as many as they will need, but at this time we are estimating there will be somewhere between 1200 to 1500 vaccines needed for this group,” said Gonzales.

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Wednesday that people age 50 and older are now able to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Beginning Monday, people age 50 and older will be able to get the vaccine as part of the state’s 1C priority group.

“We will work to include this group in the coming weeks, but they will be prioritized after phases 1A, 1B, and school an child care staff,” said Gonzales about 1C priority group.

Gonzales confirmed 1A and 1B, school and child care members will be prioritized over 1C.

The health department will not change the registration process for eligible members of 1C priority group. They will just add them into the current process.

“We currently have enough vaccine on hand, or have been allocated enough, to administer 3000 first doses tomorrow, 2000 2nd doses next Tuesday, and 3000 next Thursday,” said Gonzales.