Update: Pre-registration for first-dose COVID-19 vaccines will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, for vaccines to be administered the week of Feb. 22.
To register, call 361-561-1101 or visit cctexas.com/vaccineregistration and click on “Vaccination Registration.” People who register online must receive a QR code.
People who received their first dose from the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health District on Jan. 26 or 29 can receive their second dose next week. Those vaccines will be given by appointment only.
Nueces County officials do not expect COVID-19 vaccines to come this weekend in the wake of a winter storm that swept the region, but the county expects two weeks’ worth of doses — 20,000 shots — next week.
Half of those shots will be earmarked for first doses and the other half for second doses, public health director Annette Rodriguez said during a question-and-answer livestream with the Coastal Bend COVID Task Force on Friday.
Four thousand people registered Feb. 12 and 13 for first-dose vaccines that would have been administered by the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District this week. Those people are still guaranteed a spot when vaccines are available, Rodriguez said.
If the health district receives a delivery on Monday, vaccination clinics will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Rodriguez said.
The storm, which led to widespread power outages and disruption of water service, brought vaccine distribution to a standstill this week.
The Texas Department of State Health Services, which oversees the state’s vaccine rollout, was forced to close; the Vaccine Allocation & Ordering System, where vaccine providers track their allocations and report data, was down all week, Rodriguez said.
She said the health district had used up all of its vaccine supply before the storm, which meant there were no shots left to spoil this week.
“We vaccinate with a sense of urgency to get them in arms as quickly as possible, and it worked to our advantage,” she said.
Vicky Camarillo covers Nueces County and statewide issues. See our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe.