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Corpus Christi's 'Save Our Seniors' program rolling out in 26 Texas counties

Posted at 10:24 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-01 16:09:13-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday that Corpus Christi's Save Our Seniors program is being implemented in 26 Texas counties.

The Texas Division of Emergency (TDEM), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Texas Military Department (TMD) are using the model developed in Corpus Christi to help more seniors get vaccinated throughout the state.

Working with local officials and organizations, they expect to give 8,000 vaccine doses in the first week of the program.

"The Save Our Seniors program will help us reach vulnerable homebound seniors across the state and provide them with live-saving COVID-19 vaccines," said Governor Abbott. "As more communities are identified and selected for the program, we will be able to get more shots in arms and further strengthen our response to this virus."

Counties participating:

  • Aransas
  • Bastrop
  • Brewster
  • Brooks
  • Brown
  • Cass
  • Dallas
  • Eastland
  • Freestone
  • Gray
  • Hill
  • Hockley
  • Hudspeth
  • Hutchinson
  • Irion
  • Lee
  • McCulloch
  • Medina
  • Morris
  • Panola
  • Rains
  • Refugio
  • Robertson
  • San Jacinto
  • Shelby
  • Webb

Texas Governor Greg Abbott visited Corpus Christi in February to congratulate members of the community for the effort and announce the initial rollout.

You can watch that full press conference here.

Abbott says addressed the Corpus Christi Fire Department, Meals On Wheels of Corpus Christi, and the City of Corpus Christi on their efforts to vaccinate seniors in their community.

KRIS 6 News covered this story back in February.

Beginning at a modest 108 vaccinations when the program was first announced on Jan. 26, the city of Corpus Christi’s “Saving Our Seniors” program, or SOS, administered at least 1,288 vaccinations to members of the elderly community in a two week period, when we originally reported on it.

“The seniors are extremely gracious and thankful that we were able to get shots to them and really — it’s a good team effort with the city and county health department working together,” Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha said.