Retired Marine thankful to be vaccinated by Driscoll at ABC site

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Retired Marine Eric Hawkins, 51, of Corpus Christi, receives his first Pfizer vaccine shot from Jenny Lawrence, a nursing student at Del Mar College, on Friday, March 5, at the joint Driscoll Children’s Hospital and City of Corpus Christi Vaccination Site at the American Bank Center.

Retired Marine Eric Hawkins of Corpus Christi received his first Pfizer vaccine shot.

This week was the first time the ABC site was open to those 50 years of age and older with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Hawkins said it was time for him to get his shot.

“We all need to do it,” he said.

One thousand, one hundred and eighty-nine people age 65 or older and people 50 years of age and older with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 were vaccinated Friday at the American Bank Center.

About Driscoll Children’s Hospital …

“Devoted to expert care, education, outreach and advocacy.”

Driscoll Children’s Hospital is a 191-bed pediatric tertiary care center with more than 30 medical and surgical specialties offering care throughout South Texas, including Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, Victoria, and Laredo. Through the vision and generosity of its founder, Clara Driscoll, Driscoll Children’s Hospital opened in 1953, becoming the first, and remains the only, free-standing children’s hospital in South Texas. In 2020, Driscoll had almost 122,000 patient visits, including almost 28,000 patients seen at South Texas’ first emergency room created exclusively for children.