The COVID-19 vaccine has become the latest trend and biggest disappointment across the nation as community leaders and citizens eagerly wait for more doses to be released. The vaccine distribution has failed to create a cohesive system that meets the high demand and needs of the global pandemic we are facing.
Since it was first announced that the vaccine was being released, many Atascosa County residents have frantically searched for a provider administering the vaccine and how they can get it. Four providers in Atascosa County received 1,200 doses of the vaccine three weeks ago, but they are now currently awaiting a second shipment with a waiting list that is quickly growing.
Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley announced Monday morning that the county has entered into Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine. Those in Group 1B include people 65 years of age and older (who do not have an underlying health condition) and people 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus, such as, but not limited to:
• Chronic kidney disease
• COPD (chronic ob- structive pulmonary disease)
• Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
• Solid organ transplantation
• Obesity and severe obesity (BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
• Sickle cell disease
• Type 2 diabetes mellitus (people 65 and older)
The following providers in Atascosa County are administering the COVID-19 vaccine at their facilities:
• Kings Medicine, 809 Bryant St., Pleasanton, 210- 722-8436: currently vaccinating
Groups 1A and 1B, however, they are booking up for vaccines and waiting on a release date for their second shipment.
• Quality Urgent Care, 2106 W. Oaklawn Rd., Pleasanton, 830-569-1950: cannot schedule appointments for COVID-19 testing or treatment at this time. They are attempting to vaccinate as many health care providers as possible but have a limited supply of vaccines. Health care organizations can register their practice to receive COVID-19 vaccinations by following this link hipaa.jotform.com/203561042988156. For more information, visit www.qualityurgentcareofamerica.com/ covid-19-vaccine-forhealhtcare workers-coronavirus vaccines-in-sanantonio.
• H-E-B Pharmacy #411, 219 N. Oaklawn Rd., Pleasanton, 830-281-8190
• H-E-B Pharmacy #19, 19337 McDonald St., Lytle, 830-772-5748
H-E-B Pharmacies currently do not have any COVID-19 vaccines and no dates for future shipments have been released. For details and updates on H-E-B’s COVID-19 services, visit vaccine.heb.com/.
Walgreens staff cannot make appointments or approve eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine over the phone. They are currently delivering vaccinations to long-term care facilities and plan to have vaccines for the public sometime in 2021. For more information on Walgreens COVID-19 services, visit www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/ covid-vaccine.jsp.
You can also go outside of Atascosa County to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. Simply go the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website at www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/ immunize/vaccine. aspx for all clinics and providers in the state of Texas administering the vaccine.
The Pleasanton Express will release more information about incoming vaccine shipments as we receive it on our Facebook and website (www.pleaseantonexpress.com.) Please also check the Atascosa County Facebook page for more information.