03/07/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/07/2021 18:50
CONTACT: For members of the media, please contact:
Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio (210) 207-1337
Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172
For questions from the general public, please contact:
COVID-19 Hotline (210) 207-5779
SAN ANTONIO (March 7, 2021) - The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District continues to work with state and local partners to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to critical populations, within the phases designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The region continues to focus on vaccinating Phase 1A and 1B populations which includes healthcare workers, EMS providers, home health workers, long-term care staff residents of long-term care facilities and people over the age of 65 or over 16 with chronic health conditions.
DSHS also announced this week that school and childcare personnel is also now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Proper ID is required for these individuals to receive their vaccine. This group includes those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools;
10,000 first dose Pfizer vaccine appointments will be available starting tomorrow, Monday, March 8th at 6 p.m. on the Metro Health COVID-19 vaccine registration website. Residents without access to the internet can call 311 option 8 for assistance with registration.
Immunization with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is a critical component of the strategy to reduce COVID-19-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths and to help restore community and societal functioning. The goal is to have enough COVID-19 vaccine for all people who wish to be vaccinated. However, currently there continues to be limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine.
Individuals who decide to opt-in to the City of San Antonio's text alert system, can text VACCINE to 55000 or in Spanish VACUNA to 55000. By signing up they will receive a text notifying them of locations that have appointments available. Opting to this text alert system will not sign you up for a vaccine or add you on a wait list. This is an additional method to inform the community when new appointments are available. At this time notifications will be for the Alamodome, Wonderland of the Americas operated by University Health System, and WellMed.
For more information please visit covid19.sanantonio.gov
FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS
Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available here.