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Technical issue overbooks online registration for Tuesday's vaccination clinic at the American Bank Center

People who pre-registered online will be allowed to check in by 6:30 a.m. Those who are not part of the 250 will receive a text message.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A software glitch caused some confusion about the planned vaccination clinic at the American Bank Center.

Word from the city is that the problem allowed the system to exceed the 250 person limit that was set for online registration. Another 250 were allowed to register over the phone.

People who pre-registered online will be allowed to check in by 6:30 a.m. Those who are not part of the 250 will receive a text message.

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"We thought the easiest way and the most fair way is you get half of the people to sign up online because they might be over the age of 18 with a comorbidity but the ones over 65, they can still call a phone number and they can actually talk to somebody and register," said Public Health Director, Annette Rodriguez.

For those 500 people who were able to register, you should already have your QR code and password.

Once you have registered for an appointment, you will receive a confirmation code. You must bring your confirmation code to the mini-clinic at the American Bank Center on Tuesday, February 2. Only patrons who have pre-registered will be vaccinated tomorrow. Patrons are asked to refrain from camping overnight. 

The traffic control plan calls for participants to use the IH-37 exit at East Port Avenue. Police will guide motorists to the American Bank Center parking lot for check-in. Drivers should not block street intersections or business driveways.

Local officials and the Corpus Christi Police Department are urging the community not to block intersections or business driveways.

Rodriguez said word on when the next mini clinic will be hasn't been determined yet. She added that the county doesn't get notified of more vaccines until last minute.

"We don't know about vaccines until the day before," said Rodriguez.

The reason they were able to plan this mini clinic in advance is because they were able to pull 500 vaccines from the recent 5,000 we received.

Also, since this is an appointment only mini clinic, camping outside the American Bank Center is not necessary or allowed.

"If you don't have a QR code and that password, do not show up because you'll be wasting your time basically," City Manager Peter Zanoni added.

They said not to share your registration information once you get it. It is only good for one person. 

Saving Our Seniors

The Corpus Christi Fire Department announced the arrival of more vaccines. 600 will be used for the city's Save Our Seniors vaccination program. So far, the fire department has vaccinated more 200 seniors through the program.

Fire Chief Robert Rocha said his goal is to vaccinate 900 people by this Saturday.

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