LIVE BLOG: Pfizer vaccine available for those 12 and older at La Palmera

Posted at 5:08 PM, May 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 22:44:43-04



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5/12 updates:

9:40 p.m. - With the expanded age limit of the Pfizer vaccine the Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District anticipates a large crowd at the La Palmera Mall vaccine site (former Charming Charlie store). Due to the expected demand, the Health District will open a second location at the Greenwood Senior Center located on 4040 Greenwood Drive.

The Greenwood Senior Center will be a walk-thru clinic and opens Thursday, May 13 through Friday, May 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

6:15 p.m. - After the CDC's announcement approving the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 and under, local officials quickly mobilized to allow the distribution to that age group at the La Palmera vaccination center.

“We are excited that the CDC approved those ages 12 to 15," Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez said. "We do require parental consent, so parents, please accompany your child when you come to one of our COVID clinics, either at the mall or other Health District clinics where Pfizer vaccines are available."

Mayor Paulette Guajardo also endorsed the usage of the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 and older.

“It is encouraging to see a robust review process of the Pfizer vaccine," Guajardo said. "Access to the vaccine for younger people will get us even closer to achieving community-wide herd immunity."

Wednesday's announcement by the CDC provides the first COVID-19 vaccination authorization for this age group. The previous cut-off point for vaccinations had been those 16 and older.

The Corpus Christi–Nueces County Public Health District began administering the Pfizer vaccine to ages 12 to 15, starting on Wednesday at the La Palmera site (former Charming Charlie store) during regular mall hours.

4:50 p.m. - There were no new COVID-19 deaths and 52 new local cases reported by the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District on Wednesday. The county's pandemic-wide fatality total remains at 809.

The new cases push the total of COVID-19 local cases to 42,367 during the pandemic. Of that total, 40,848 have recovered.

5/11 updates:

4:19 p.m. - The Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District received notification of one COVID-19 related death on Tuesday, pushing the county's pandemic-wide fatality total to 809.

The patient was a male in his 80's. His comorbidities included heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia.

Additionally, there were 58 new COVID-19 cases documented on Tuesday by county health officials. It pushed the pandemic-wide total to 42,315 patients, with 40,574 of them recovered.

1:35 pm. - Corpus Christi's Grow Local Farmers Market Committee has voted to amend their face covering policy. Starting this Wednesday, a face covering is now recommended for fully vaccinated individuals but not required. Un-vaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals are still required to wear masks.

5/10 updates:

4:35 p.m. - The Nueces County Public Health District received notification of one COVID-19 related death. The patient was 1 female in her 40’s. The comorbidities of this patient include hypertension and gastroenteritis. Doctors with Nueces County report 41 new COVID-19 cases Monday afternoon.

5/8 updates:

4:40 p.m.- Nueces County reports zero deaths and 52 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 42,187 with 40,388 recovered.

5/7 updates:

5:38 p.m.- The Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District reports that a Nueces County man between the ages of 40-50 was recently diagnosed with the COVID-19 variant, B.1.525.

This variant was first discovered in Nigeria in December 2020, before also being found in the United Kingdom and France.

In a release, the health district says "This variant is defined by the CDC as a “variant of interest.” This specific strain of SARS-COV-2 has genetic characteristics that may potentially increase the transmission rate and severity of illness and decreases the effectiveness of vaccines and treatment."

The patient who was infected with the variant had symptoms of shortness of breath, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and loss of sense of taste and smell. The health district reports that he has recovered from the illness without hospitalization.

They urge everyone to continue to get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands, and social distance to achieve herd immunity and return to normalcy.

4:10 p.m. - Nueces County officials reported one COVID-19 related death on Friday, pushing the city's fatality total during the pandemic to 807.

The deceased was a male patient in his 70s. His comorbidities included hypertension.

County officials also announced 85 new cases today, pushing the pandemic-wide total for the county to 42,135. Of that total, 40,319 or 95.7 percent, have recovered.

5/6 updates:

5:02 p.m. - Nueces County officials reported 57 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, pushing the pandemic-wide total to 42,050.

There were no new fatalities again on Thursday as the county-wide COVID-19 fatality total during the pandemic remains at 806.

County officials report that 40,250 COVID-19 patients have recovered.

5/5 updates:

5:25 p.m. - Nueces County reported 51 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, pushing the pandemic-wide total to 41,993.

There were no new local COVID-19 deaths reported as the fatality number remains at 806.

County officials reported that 7,656 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized locally during the pandemic. And a total number of 40,222 COVID-19 patients have recovered.

5/4 updates:

12:20 p.m. - The Corpus Christi Fire Department is changing the way that interested people can contact the Save Our Seniors program.

They have changed the number to 361-926-3900. It is operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This new hotline will be open during those times. The old number won't work anymore.

The SOS hotline not only helps homebound seniors, but also assists people who have transportation issues that keep them from getting to the vaccination clinics.

5/3 updates:

6:30 p.m. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age 12 and older by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

4:30 p.m. - Nueces County reports 43 new cases of COVID-19.

5/1 updates:

4:40 p.m. - Nueces County reports one death and 51 new cases of COVID-19. The death was a man in his 60's, bringing the death total in the county to 775. There are now 41,797 total COVID-19 cases in the county, with 39,919 recovered.

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