Mobile service helps residents confined to San Antonio get vaccinated against COVID-19 and fight reluctance
SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 vaccines are increasingly readily available in San Antonio and now they are offered through a home service, which essentially provides the vaccines to those who need them.
âThis is very important because I think if we ever, ever want to go back to any form of normalcy, we have to get people vaccinated,â said Chris Velasquez, home program manager.
In an effort to vaccinate as many people as possible, paramedics were charging early Monday morning for the home program.
âThe home program is a COVID-19 vaccination program that is really built and designed for people who can’t really get to community sites or the Alamodome,â Velasquez said.
The program is like a delivery service of vaccines to those who need it.
The team is strategically working with the San Antonio Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Metro Health District, and other San Antonio community partners and making a list. They then go to the community to be vaccinated.
âWe start from here and we give the first round until about noon, then we get the second round and leave from here around noon. And then they end the day probably around 4 or 5 and we do about 1,000 to 1,200 home vaccines per week, âVelasquez said.
The Alamodome drive-thru distribution site is open Tuesday through Saturday and is one of the city’s most popular vaccination destinations. But now there is the problem of people reluctant to get vaccinated.
âIn San Antonio, we were lucky to see some good numbers. More than 50% of the eligible population received at least one dose of the vaccine. It’s over a million. But we’re starting to get to the point where we need more people to get this vaccine so we can get back to normal, âsaid Laura Mayes, deputy director of government and public affairs.
So now the city is thinking more outside the box.
âWhat we are trying to do is educate and inform residents that this is a safe and effective vaccine that is based on science. But the funniest way to do it is by working with local musicians and artists. So we have songs, music videos, murals coming out in our districts, âMayes said.
If you would like to participate in the home program to have a vaccine brought to you, you can contact us via 311 or by clicking here.
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