Houston well being officers count on to inoculate about three,600 folks at one location on Saturday, triple what the metropolis has accomplished “on any given day,” stated Mayor Sylvester Turner.
The Houston Well being Division partnered with the Astros Basis to function Minute Maid Park as a Covid-19 vaccination web site on Saturday after the division’s Bayou Metropolis Occasion Middle clinic closed for “an unrelated weekend occasion,” stated a well being division assertion.
The Minute Maid Park web site is open solely to individuals who already had scheduled appointed on the Bayou Metropolis Occasion Middle, the assertion stated.
“We are going to be ready to do up to about 3600 right now, which shall be considerably greater than we’ve got accomplished”, Mayor Turner stated.
The town’s well being division opened up roughly 1,000 further appointments for Saturday’s vaccination clinic and in about 20 minutes the slots have been booked, Turner stated.
The brand new appointments have been made obtainable due to a further 1,000 doses of vaccine delivered to the well being division on Friday.
“That was sudden when it comes to the timing, we anticipated it to come back in subsequent week,” Turner stated.
“We have already seen 727 folks, which is greater than we see in a day on the Bayou Middle,” stated Stephen Williams, Director for the Houston Well being Division.
Vaccines shall be administered to 1A and 1B teams which embody well being staff, residents over 65 years outdated and folks 16 years of age and older with comorbidities, Turner stated.