Nueces County pivots from large COVID-19 vaccine sites as supply grows

Nueces County will soon pivot from large COVID-19 vaccination hubs to smaller sites as supply of the shots continues to grow.

One of those smaller sites is a new clinic at La Palmera, across from Grimaldi’s, which launched last Tuesday and is open during mall hours — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

In the clinic’s first week, more than 4,000 people have been vaccinated, public health director Annette Rodriguez told the Caller-Times.

County commissioners on Tuesday approved a 30-day, $10,000 lease with La Palmera during their meeting Tuesday. County Judge Barbara Canales said the county will decide whether to stay at the site longer.

Signs direct the way to the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District's latest COVID-19 vaccine clinic at La Palmera mall on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

A $26 million grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services requires the county to establish a seven-day-a-week vaccination site, she said.

Upcoming clinics

Because of a drop in turnout at mass vaccination sites, which were at one time vaccinating about 5,000 people a day, the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District is adjusting the hours of the vaccine clinic at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.

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