SkyEye flew over the sprawling complex where rows and lines of vehicles funneled to the vaccination stations beneath the white tents.
The opening of the vaccination clinic was not without setbacks. Several factors, including missed appointments during the day, forced some people to wait up to 45 minutes. FEMA told ABC13 that it is working to resolve the long waits.
The clinic had a soft launch on Tuesday and will provide another site in addition to county, city, hospital and pharmacy locations throughout the region.
Organizers say that, at a minimum, the federal site is expected to vaccinate 126,000 people. An estimated 300,000 people who have signed up for the vaccine are still waiting for their first dose of vaccine. The mega site should greatly increase the chances of getting the vaccine soon.
On Monday afternoon, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, FEMA Regional Director Tony Robinson, and other local authorities gave details of the state-run COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic. and with federal support.
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Since its announcement a few weeks ago, workers have been building the temporary mass vaccination facility. It will be a shortcut facility on the Yellow Lot at NRG Park.
“People deserve good news, some hope,” Hidalgo said. “This site marks the largest effort to date to vaccinate our community.”
According to Hidalgo, they will be vaccinating those who live in the zip codes most affected by the virus.
“All of us at the state, federal and local levels, we agree that this site has to focus on the people who have been left behind so far, who have been the most affected by COVID-19,” Hidalgo. saying. “We have done this by finding the zip codes with the highest incidence of the virus and the highest social vulnerability and social vulnerability index.”
The zip codes are as follows: 77022, 77029, 77032, 77078, 77087, 77093, 77502, 77504, 77506, 77587, 77011, 77012, 77015, 77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77033, 77037, 77038, 77039, 77048 , 77086, 77091, 77503, 77060, 77080, 77099, 77013, 77014, 77036, 77050, 77051, 77076, 77090.
Hidalgo added that people 65 and older on the waiting list who hail from the top 10 zip codes in the city and county will receive the highest priority for on-site vaccinations.
The next priority group will be people 65 and older.
“Then, we will prioritize people who follow the rest of the 25 worst-affected ZIP codes before we remove ourselves from the broader waiting list,” Hidalgo said. This group will consist of people ages 60 to 64 with underlying medical conditions who live in high-risk zip codes.
The fourth priority group will be those ages 60 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.
FEMA is using the Harris County and City of Houston waiting list. People are being contacted to make appointments.
To join the City of Houston’s waiting list, visit their website at houstonemergency.org/covid-19-vaccines or call 832-393-4301.
You can contact the Harris County Waiting List at vacstrac.hctx.net.
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