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200 homebound seniors expected to get the COVID-19 vaccine this week in Corpus Christi

City leaders said between 80 to 100 vaccinations will be given out per day until the vaccines run out.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Tomorrow, the Corpus Christi Fire Department will be administrating COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound elderly who are part of the City’s Meals on Wheels Program, city officials announced. 

Earlier today, the city received 200 doses of the vaccine for this specific program. City leaders said between 80 to 100 vaccinations will be given out per day until the vaccines run out.  

The decision was made late this evening to move forward with the vaccination program. The fire department will begin calling homebound seniors tomorrow morning. If those folks agree to take the vaccine, Mayor Paulette Guajardo said paramedic teams made up of two people would soon begin showing up to those senior’s homes to give them their first round of the Moderna vaccine. 

As more of the vaccine becomes available, she feels that the fire department could do 500 to 600 elderly homebound vaccinations per week. Eventually, the city is going to include homebound seniors who are not part of its meals on wheels program.

"They are ready to go with this homebound program," Guajardo said. "They are ready to go with that and so we are really looking forward to them because, as many people as we can touch, especially vulnerable who can't get in the car and drive anywhere. We have to do that. That's our job. We have to figure that out so I anticipate launching that in the days to come."

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