Victoria officials postpone this week’s vaccination clinic

VICTORIA, Texas—Victoria City and County officials and local hospital representatives will postpone the vaccination clinics scheduled for this week due to the extreme weather conditions in Victoria and statewide.

Officials rescheduled a second-dose clinic to Tuesday of next week and a first-dose clinic that was to allocate 2,000 initial COVID-19 vaccine doses to Wednesday of next week. Appointment times for the second-dose clinic are expected to remain unchanged on the day of the event. Registration details for the Wednesday clinic will be released as they become available. These doses are reserved for Phase 1A and 1B candidates.

“We know everyone is eagerly awaiting their opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine; however, weather conditions are not expected to improve until later in the week,” said David Gonzales, Victoria County Public Health Department director. “We feel it would be in the best interest of public safety to encourage everyone to stay home at this time.”

The second-dose vaccination clinic will be available only to those who have already scheduled appointments and received their first doses. Future clinics will be scheduled once additional doses become available from the state. Communications about vaccine availability will continue to be made through the Swift 911 Emergency Notification System, so it is important to sign up to receive alerts by texting the word “ADD” to 361-433-4554. Subscribing to these alerts is not a registration for an appointment.

City and county officials said they are in final planning and development stages with Luminare, the company supplying the new Innoculate registration software that will improve the clinic’s process and possess the capacity needed to maintain a waiting list. Officials are planning for the software to be operational within the next two weeks. Victoria City/County officials, including the mayor and judge, emergency response officials and area hospitals, continue to work together to meet the needs of the community, inform the community about state vaccine allocations and provide logistical support to Victoria’s area health care facilities.

The following organizations have worked to organize the vaccination clinics:

  • Victoria County Public Health Department
  • Victoria City/County Office of Emergency Management
  • City of Victoria
  • Victoria County
  • Citizens Medical Center
  • DeTar Healthcare System
  • Post Acute Medical

Phase 1A includes health care workers, emergency service providers and others with an increased risk of coming into contact with the coronavirus, while Phase 1B includes those at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and people aged 65 and older. Detailed information about vaccine eligibility can be found on the DSHS website at https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx.

For more information, visit www.vcphd.org, follow the Victoria County Public Health Department on Facebook, follow our other participating partners’ social media pages, or visit www.victoriatxoem.org