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Mass COVID-19 vaccinations to begin this weekend in Galveston County, officials say

Judge Mark Henry plans to reach up to 5,000 vaccinations daily in the upcoming weeks.

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas — Galveston County is prepared to administer up to 1,000 vaccines daily as it starts mass vaccination efforts in the area, according to Judge Mark Henry.

The county has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site at Walter Hall Park in League City, which according to health authorities, has the highest rate of coronavirus infection in the area.

They plan to begin vaccinations on Jan. 23 with those who have scheduled appointments through UTMB and the Galveston County Health District. Eventually, Henry said they aim to vaccinate as many as 5,000 people a day.

Officials said vaccinations at the site will be by appointment only and are available to all Texas residents. In accordance with Texas requirements, frontline workers and vulnerable community members (those over age 65 or suffering from underlying health conditions) are eligible for vaccinations at the site 

At the moment, portals on the UTMB Galveston and Galveston County Health District website are being used to schedule vaccination appointments. Henry said the county is working on its online portal and phone system for registration and scheduling.

GCHD has been using the Moderna vaccine while UTMB has used Pfizer. Health officials didn't specify which vaccine will be administered at the site.

The site will be run by the Galveston County judge with support from UTMB Health and the Galveston County Health District.

Mass vaccination efforts are being led by the county judge's office with support from the UTMB Galveston and GCHD.

The update comes a little over a week since UTMB, one of Galveston County's two state-designated vaccination hubs, was forced to cancel some vaccinations due to the state's new plan. When the new plan was released, county officials said it "significantly [prioritized] urban areas over suburban and rural communities."

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Gov. Greg Abbott's plan focuses on large hubs to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Supply and Hub Designation Update Updated January 18, 2021at 4 p.m. Vaccine Supply for Week of Jan. 18: UTMB expects to receive a limited shipment of COVID-19 vaccine sometime the week of Jan. 18. This shipment will be used to administer first doses to some of the high-risk individuals whose appointments had to be canceled when we temporarily ran out of supply.
About Us " News and Events " Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) All available appointments for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have been filled. We are not currently taking future appointments. As additional vaccine doses are made available to the health district, we will share that information here. We do ask for everyone to remain patient.