CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The COVID-19 vaccine is arriving in the Coastal Bend and many of our viewers have had questions about how to get the shot, how safe it is, and even the side-effects.
So, we have put together a guide with everything you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine in the Coastal Bend, starting with County Health District mega clinics.
The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District will have first and second dose vaccination clinics next week for residents 18 years and older. More details to come.
To pre-register by phone, call 361-561-1101. To pre-register online, visit www.cctexas.com/vaccineregistration and click on the “Vaccination Registration” link. During online pre-registration you must receive a Quick Response (QR) code. Once the online pre-registration limit is reached, you will not be able to register until additional vaccines become available.
Notification of appointment date and time will be messaged to clients by text or landline scheduled for individuals pre-registered.
The City will continue to notify the public as more vaccines become available.
Save Our Seniors
The Corpus Christi Fire Department (CCFD) will open its Save Our Seniors (SOS) pre-registration hotline tomorrow, Friday, April 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for 500 patrons who will be vaccinated beginning the week of April 12.
The hotline number is 1-888-728-0018 and is available in English and Spanish. Seniors and individuals who are homebound are invited to register for this program. The hotline number will only be open during the pre-registration time on Friday, April 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The vaccine administered will be Moderna.
A homebound senior is identified as a patron who is unable to leave their home without difficulty. It is usually due to advanced age, illness, or disability.
The CCFD will continue to offer vaccinations as vaccines become available.
San Patricio County
There will be three first dose vaccine clinics in San Patricio County. Here’s what you need to know.
A Moderna walk up clinic will be held at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds Event Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. held on Wednesday, April 7, Thursday, April 8, and Friday, April 9.
24 hour pre-registration
City leaders gathered at City Hall for their weekly COVID-19 press conference and the group shed a little light on how vaccination effort are going across the county.
According to Mayor Paulette Guajardo, the city's online pre-registration will now be open 24 hours a day. Instead of closing when they've reached a certain limit, they'll take those people and put them on a list for a future vaccination clinic.
"During your online pre-registration, just remember you must receive a QR code," Guajardo said. "So be sure to complete all the online registration steps in order to assure you receive the code, notification of appointment, date and time will be messages to client via text or landline when a future vaccination clinic has been scheduled."
The hotline number is 361-561-1101.
CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville will host several COVID-19 vaccination administrations this week. Each of them will be to administer first and doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are available to people who are age 16 or older.
First and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, Thursday, April 8, 2021 and Saturday, April 10, 2021 on the grounds of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville, 1500 East Houston Street in Beeville.
- The events on Wednesday and Thursday will start at 8:00 a.m. and continue while supplies last.
- Saturday’s event will run from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
All vaccines are available on a first come, first served basis and no appointments are necessary. People who are receiving second doses should be prepared to present a valid ID and their CDC Vaccination Record Card.
CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville has designated several phone lines to secure appointments, in addition to an online scheduling option:
Kleberg County has opened an appointment only COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Kingsville at 1724 Brahma Blvd, Suite 106. Register here.
Kleberg County will officially kick-off their Community Outreach COVID-19 Vaccine Mobile Unit Team. The County will be reaching out to all local businesses and organizations to schedule vaccine drives for their employees, families, customers and the surrounding area.
Private Providers, Hospitals and Drug Stores
Christus Spohn Hospital in Beeville is taking calls to register for the COVID-19 Vaccine. Click the link below for more information.
You don't have to wait until the county health department receives vaccines. The State has an interactive map where you can find a vaccine provider near you. It is updated daily.
Vaccine Side Effects
Common vaccine side effects include pain at the injection site, swelling, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache, according to the CDC.
The CDC has a website that explains the common side effects, information on the second dose, and more helpful tips.
After your first dose, you will need a second dose of the same vaccine you received the first time, i.e. Pfizer or Moderna. The place where you receive the vaccine should give you a card that will show a date you need to return for the booster shot.
How protected will I be?
This depends on which company's vaccine you get, but both the Pfizer and Moderna shots have shown over 90% efficacy.
The CDC grades the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine as 95% effective with both doses. Moderna's vaccine comes in with a 94% efficacy rate.
A person who gets the shot will get the full protection benefits within a few weeks, the CDC said.
How can we reach herd immunity?
According to the CDC, 'herd immunity' is defined as "a situation in which a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through a vaccine and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely."
Medical expert, Dr. Salim Surani said there are two ways a community can achieve this:
"Number one: either you have a person who is infected and has developed antibody or you have a vaccination, and that person has antibody," said Dr. Surani.
He said with recovered COVID-19 patients and vaccinated residents combined, 'herd immunity' is still way down the road.
For the latest updates on coronavirus in the Coastal Bend, click here.
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