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Commissioners, County Judge address local COVID-19 Response

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Posted at 6:56 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 20:03:26-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Even with no specific actions taken, county leaders addressed the challenges and triumphs during their collaborative mega clinic with the city of Corpus Christi at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown.

On Tuesday, a total of 5,224 vaccinations were administered when they were only given 5,000 doses. County Judge Barbara Canales said that is due to health experts efficiently using every vial.

“It’s skill. It’s skill from the draw — to get it just that perfect level in the syringe. And if you’re really good at it, you can get more out of each vial,” she Canales said. “And if you keep working that down the line, you’re going to produce several hundred extra.”

Canales said they can expect to continue receiving 5,000 doses every week from the state health department, with the potential for that number to change every Thursday.

“And then maybe, after three weeks, I see something really opening up,” she said.

Commissioners also discussed the success of the homebound program which allowed seniors to receive the Moderna vaccine.

Canales said in addition to the mega clinic, it will be important to get the vaccine out through other avenues as well.

“By teaming up with our providers, like we’re helping Amistad logistically, we’re getting people vaccinated,” Canales said. “The people that you worry about. Those with vulnerabilities, and so I think that’s a really important message to take to your constituents. It’s not just us, but we’re helping everybody."