Vaccinations underway in Starr County as long awaited shipment of COVID-19 vaccines arrive

3 weeks 5 hours 13 minutes ago Wednesday, February 03 2021 Feb 3, 2021 February 03, 2021 8:44 PM February 03, 2021 in News - Local

Starr County health officials began administering the latest shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday. The long-awaited shipment of 1,300 doses of Moderna's vaccine arrived on Tuesday. 

"This is an excellent sign that our citizens are going to have access to the vaccines," Starr County Health Authority Dr. Antonio Falcon said. "Hopefully this will be the beginning of a trend."

The doses were split among three medical facilities in the county. Starr County Memorial Hospital received 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Nuestra Clinica Del Valle received 100 and Roma Family Health Clinic 200. 

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Nuestra Clinica Del Valle administered the 100 doses to their patients on Wednesday. Roma Family Clinic said the pre-registration list for their allocated vaccines was filled in two hours. Starr County Memorial Hospital staff is set to mass distribute their doses on Thursday.

President of Starr County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors Dr. Jose Vazquez said the mass vaccination  event will take place inside the lobby of the hospital. 

Hospital personnel have partnered with the county, the State Department of Health Services and nursing students from South Texas College to get the vaccination distributed over the next three days. 

County officials have prepared a list of pre-registered of nearly 5,000 Tier 1-A and 1-B residents who will be first in line for the vaccines.

For more information about vaccinations in Starr County, call 956-716-4800.

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