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