CONTACT: City Council:
Kristy Hernandez, 210.207.0969
WellMed: Dan Calderon
SAN ANTONIO (January 15, 2021) — Today, District 3, District 4, District 5 and District 7 announced the mass Covid-19 no-cost vaccine distribution sites at the WellMed Elvira Cisneros Senior Community Center and the Alicia Treviño López Senior Center will resume taking appointments beginning tomorrow, Saturday, January 16.
“Receiving more vaccines is the hope our community needs during this climate as Covid-19 numbers are on the rise in San Antonio and around the Country. If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, please consider scheduling an appointment,” stated Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, “The amount of calls received proves that the Covid-19 vaccine is in demand. Please do not get discouraged if you are not getting through – keep trying. This will be an on-going process and our goal is to get residents equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. I also want to thank the frontline workers that are working non-stop to take care of the most vulnerable residents in our community – you are our heroes and we will not forget this great effort.”
The centers received a total of 9,000 vaccines from the Texas Department of State Health Services and plan on distributing 1,000 doses per day at the Cisneros Center and 500 doses per day at the Lopez Center. At this time, per State guidelines, only people eligible under Phase 1A and 1B will be able to receive the vaccine. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-833-968-1745. Phone lines will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Both Centers will be open on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18. Only those with appointments will receive the vaccine and walk-ins will not be allowed.
“Unsurprisingly, our local community entities and leaders continue to be at the forefront of handling this ongoing pandemic much like it was with access to personal protective equipment supplies and COVID-19 tests,” commented Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, “Our residents have entrusted us to do whatever is within our power to keep them safe and protected and ensuring they have access to the COVID-19 vaccine is part of our commitment to them. We are grateful for our medical community and acknowledge that it will take our entire community to do their part to get us get through these challenging times.”
“We know our neighbors are anxious to get vaccinated and reclaim the sense of security that COVID took away from us,” said Councilwoman Ana Sandoval. “Please know that it will only get easier to get a vaccine in the coming months. We are pushing the State to send us more vaccines and looking at every option we have to make getting an appointment easier.”
Phase 1A populations include frontline healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities. Phase 1B includes people over 65 or people 18 or older with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID‑19, are currently eligible to receive the COVID‑19 vaccine. These are the only populations eligible to be vaccinated at this time.
Phase 1B recipients include:
- People 65 years of age and older
- People 18 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Solid organ transplantation
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Registration will open tomorrow, Saturday, January 16. Residents must make an appointment by calling 1-833-968-1745. Both Centers will be open on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th.
“This is the best news we could get. There is anticipation in our community, and we need to meet the need and anxiety with urgency. We’ll be rolling out this allotment as quickly as we can, and we ask that people be patient and persistent when calling to set an appointment,” stated Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.
Making multiple appointments at one or multiple sites is strongly discouraged as it will decrease the number of available appointments for others. One appointment at one site is all you need. Once you make your appointment, you can expect to receive an automated reminder confirming your appointment. This will be an on-going distribution process that will take time. We anticipate this to be a long-term effort requiring patience. Our goal is to get residents equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Hours of operation for the WellMed Elvira Cisneros Senior Community Center and the Alicia Treviño López Senior Center will be Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-833-968-1745.
FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS
- Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
- Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
- Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov.
Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available here.