Houston – A so-called “mess” Saturday forced Houston health officials to do away with appointments with some people vaccinated at the Minute Maid Park megasite.
Several frustrated people phoned the KPRC 2 newsroom to report that after waiting in line for a few hours, they were told that the supply of coronavirus virus on the megacite had decreased. In a video shared with KPRC2, a worker just announced that it was “a mess in the system where it mimics appointments.” The worker can be heard asking people to remain in line so that they can reschedule their appointment and this will be a priority for the next clinic.
In a tweet, Houston Health Department officials said they moved to their scheduled points and stopped accepting patients due to the amount of people. Officials said staff members were taking names of people who had appointments that would need to be rescheduled.
“We’ll see what caused us to go to our scheduled appointments today and that’s right,” the tweet read. “We apologize for the inconvenience because we all work together to end this epidemic.”
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted Saturday night that 6,122 people were vaccinated during the clinic.
The city’s goal is to get these vaccines into people’s arms as soon as possible and not leave them on the shelf. Today 6122 was vaccinated and the number could have been too much to supply. There are challenges with a mega-site but we are working through them. scheduled tribe
– Sylvester Turner (@ Sylvester Turner) January 17, 2021
People waited patiently in line at the juice box on Saturday to take their COVID-19 shot.
Ron Cowell said he was grateful that he was able to get the vaccine at the ballpark-clinic.
“You don’t have popcorn, hot dogs or beer, and no one is starting to wave,” Cowell said. “But you are getting your vaccine, and I am very grateful.”
While some said they had been waiting for a few hours, Donald Anderson said he was surprised at how fast it moved.
“I said, ‘Look at all these people,” Anderson said. “I said, ‘It’s going to be a long time,’ but it got real fast.”
Sylvester, the mayor of Houston, said the goal was to get several hundred people in and out of the magasite every hour.
Other vaccine clinics were conducted by Houston-area hospital systems on Saturday.
Houston Methodist officials said about 4,500 people were vaccinated during their clinic.
Memorial Hermann Hospital also organized a vaccine clinic at NRG Park for the third day. Hospital officials said that more than 10,000 people have been vaccinated so far.
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