CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — All 4,000 doses of the COVID-19 moderna vaccine have been distributed in the Coastal Bend.
"We've delivered over 4,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine the moderna vaccine over the past 48 hours to our most vulnerable neighbors in the last two days," said Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales.
What was planned to be a four-day operation now complete in just two days.
Beginning Monday Coastal Bend residents were able to start receiving those COVID-19 vaccines.
1,964 vaccines were distributed over a span of seven hours and Tuesday the public health district officially cleared out of the remaining vaccines.
"With 2,036 vaccines on hand and starting operations at 8:00 a.m. we delivered about 800 by 10 a.m.” said Canales.
City leaders want to schedule another drive thru vaccine clinic as soon as possible, but more vaccines are needed from the state.
Health Director Annette Rodriguez says don't just wait for when vaccines arrive to the health department. Instead check the city website to find a vaccine provider near you.
"You can actually see how many vaccines were allocated like to a specific site for example H-E-B and how many vaccines they have left," said Rodriguez.
As the county awaits more vaccines health officials are reminding residents across South Texas that this is not the time to let our guard down against COVID-19 as hospitalizations in Nueces County continue to rise.
"The last two week's we've gone from 175 to 186 hospitalizations to 190 hospitalizations yesterday, so the numbers do continue to rise as well," said Rodriguez.
It's not just hospitalizations seeing an increase, but the death toll as well.
"So, if you look at last week 12-30-2020 to January 6, 2021 we had a total of 20 deaths in Nueces County just from COVID-19 related deaths and this past week we've had a total of 26 COVID-19 deaths," said Rodriguez.
For those who received the vaccine this week Canales says they will be building antibodies over the course of the next 30 days before coming back for their second dose.
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