COVID-19 vaccine questions answered: A guide to getting the shots in Nueces County
As distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across Texas continues, more Nueces County residents will be able to line up for their shots.
As of late December, officials are giving vaccines not only to front-line health care workers and nursing home residents, but also to people 65 and older and those with chronic medical conditions.
Here’s a guide to getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Nueces County.
Which locations in Nueces County are COVID-19 vaccine providers and how do I sign up?
The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District is giving vaccines to eligible residents at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds when vaccines are available.
As of Jan. 21, the health district does not have mega vaccination drive-thru clinics scheduled.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has approved the following locations to be vaccine providers in Nueces County. Those interested in getting the vaccine should contact the locations to verify availability.
Because of the limited supply, people are urged not to walk up to vaccine providers.
H-E-B said on Jan. 19 that its vaccines have either already been distributed or are scheduled to be administered, and the company has requested another allocation from the state.
- Amistad Community Health Center, 361-884-2242
- CHRISTUS Family Health Center Westside, 361-857-2872
- CHRISTUS Coastal Bend Family Medicine (existing patients only), 361-986-4600
- CHRISTUS Memorial Quick Care Clinic, 361-902-6100
- CHRISTUS Promptu Urgent Care Shops at La Palmera, 361-452-9620
- CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi — Shoreline and South, christushealth.org
- Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, 361-814-2001
- Coastal ER II, 361-991-0911, mdpremier.com
- Corpus Christi Fire Department, 361-826-3932
- Corpus Christi Medical Associates (existing patients only), 361-225-2255
- Corpus Christi Medical Center — Doctors Regional (employees only)
- Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District, 361-826-7200
- Driscoll Health System, 361-694-5000
- DSHS Mobile Nurse Corpus, 361-878-3469
- H-E-B plus! Pharmacy 57 — Flour Bluff, 361-939-5555
- H-E-B plus! Pharmacy 69 — Staples and Saratoga, 361-993-1351
- H-E-B Pharmacy 139 — Weber and Holly, 361-854-8441
- H-E-B Pharmacy 184 — Leopard and Violet, 361-241-0378
- H-E-B Pharmacy 210 — Alameda and Robert, 361-993-8515
- H-E-B Pharmacy 253 — Leopard and Nueces Bay, 361-883-7196
- H-E-B Pharmacy 270 — Moore Plaza, 361-992-6996
- H-E-B Pharmacy 413 — Alameda / Texan Trail (Medical District), 361-852-1696
- H-E-B Pharmacy 462 — S. Port and Tarlton, 361-883-0875
- H-E-B Pharmacy 643 — Kostoryz and Gollihar, 361-855-6121
- PAM Specialty Hospital Corpus Christi North (employees only)
- South Texas Family Planning and Health Corporation, Robstown (existing patients only), 361-387-6996
- South Texas Surgical Hospital, 361-993-2000
Other South Texas vaccine hubs:
• A vaccine clinic will be held at the Aransas Pass Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 23. The clinic will be hosted by H-E-B and the Aransas Pass Police Department.
Vaccines will be given by appointment only. Make an appointment at vaccine.heb.com or call 1-800-811-8620.
• Aransas County is compiling an online waitlist for residents who want the vaccine. Residents without computer access can send a letter with their name and phone number to:
Vaccination, Aransas County
2840 Highway 35 North
Rockport, TX 78382
• CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville has a drive-thru clinic by appointment only. All vaccines are booked for Jan. 21, but the hospital expects another shipment of vaccines. The hospital has designated three phone lines for appointments:
Why isn't there online pre-registration for the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District's mega vaccine drive-thru clinics?
The health district initially offered online pre-registration for about half of the slots available in its first two mega drive-thru vaccination clinics. The district did away with pre-registration for subsequent mega clinics because demand was too high for the limited supply of vaccines and because it was more equitable for people who do not have online access, Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said.
Officials have also found that doing all registration on site "surprisingly makes it a lot more fast and fluid," Nueces County emergency management coordinator Melissa Munguia said during a county commissioners' court meeting on Jan. 20.
Canales said the health district may resume online pre-registration when vaccines are more widely available.
How do I know if I’m eligible?
Texans are eligible for the vaccine if they are in Phases 1A and 1B.
Phase 1A includes health care workers who work directly with vulnerable patients and residents of long-term care facilities.
Phase 1B includes people 65 and older and people 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition, such as:
- 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
How do I prove that I have certain chronic medical conditions?
You do not have to prove that you have medical conditions.
Is the vaccine mandatory?
No, the vaccine is not mandatory. Gov. Greg Abbott has said it will not be required for Texans.
How much does the vaccine cost?
The health district clinics are offering the vaccine for free, whether or not you have insurance.
Does the vaccine protect against the new COVID-19 strain?
Yes. Experts say the two authorized vaccines and others under development are expected to continue to be effective against variants of the virus that emerged in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
The U.K. variant, B.1.1.7, was detected in Nueces County on Sunday. It's the second case of the variant reported in Texas. The variant is known to be more contagious but has not been proven to be more deadly.
Can I mix my two doses from different manufacturers — for example, one from Pfizer and the other from Moderna?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend "mixing" vaccine doses, saying the vaccines are not interchangeable.
The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated, the CDC says on its website. Both doses should be completed with the same product.
However, if two doses of different mRNA COVID-19 vaccine products are inadvertently administered, no additional doses of either product are recommended.
Can I get vaccinated if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 or already had the disease?
You cannot be vaccinated if you are currently sick. You can get the vaccine if you previously had the disease, but you can wait up to three months after being diagnosed because you may have protective antibodies.
Can I get vaccinated if I just got my flu shot, I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, or I have a weakened immune system?
Yes to all, but:
If you got a flu vaccine, it is recommended that you wait at least 14 days before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You should not get any other vaccines for at least 14 days before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your OB/GYN before making the decision. Neither the Pfizer nor the Moderna vaccines were tested on pregnant women, but experts believe they’re safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
If you are immunosuppressed, talk to your physician. You may not receive as robust a response to the vaccine as someone who is not immunocompromised.
What do I do if I have a reaction to the vaccine?
Health district workers monitor everyone for 15 minutes after they receive their vaccine; those with a history of vaccine reactions are monitored for 30 minutes. If you have symptoms after you get home or a few days later, you can self-report your symptoms at 1-800-822-7967 or online at https://vaers.hhs.gov/esub/index.jsp.
Should I still follow COVID-19 safety practices after getting vaccinated?
Yes, mask wearing and social distancing are recommended. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots — given three and four weeks apart, respectively — and immunity is not immediate. And it’s unknown whether vaccinated people can still get infected and pass the virus to others.
How many doses has Nueces County gotten?
Counties are allocated vaccine doses each week. In the first four weeks of distribution, Nueces County providers have received 17,425 doses, according to the DSHS.
How many people in Nueces County are eligible?
Texas Department of State Health Services data shows 30,463 health care workers and 4,100 long-term care residents in Nueces County are eligible in Phase 1A of vaccine distribution. The number of people 65 and older is 51,768.
Why are some nursing home residents not vaccinated yet?
The state established a system to vaccinate nursing home residents and employees through larger pharmacies, an effort that began Dec. 28, according to the health district’s website. But the supply of vaccines is currently too limited to cover that population.
The health district and the Corpus Christi Fire Department have offered to vaccinate nursing homes when doses are available; some have taken that offer, while others are waiting for corporate decisions.
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