SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Hays County allocated 6,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for a mass vaccination clinic on Texas State University’s campus.
The clinic, running from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, is at the University Event Center, located at 106 Charles Austin Drive.
It’s a joint effort between the Hays County Office of Emergency Management — led by Mike Jones — and Texas State.
Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra said they’re making continuous efforts to target hard-to-reach populations to get them vaccinated. He defines those populations as anyone who still hasn’t gotten their COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’ve had over 50 vaccination sites here in the county so far,” Becerra said. “We have vulnerable populations, so we need folks vaccinated so we can get back to normal.”
Getting vaccinated for Texas State student Amber Alvarado is personal.
“A bunch of students and kids don’t really want to get it,” Alvarado said.
She’s doing it for her family, who she plans to go back to visit in El Paso.
“It’s been like a year and a half,” Alvarado said.
The Border area was one of the hardest-hit communities toward the beginning of the pandemic.
“We have noticed that some of the early interest in vaccinations has started to wane a little bit,” Director of Texas State’s Student Health Center and Chief Medical Officer Emilio Carranco said.
That’s why these teams are targeting hard-to-reach populations.
“Folks who don’t think they need to be vaccinated, perhaps they’re concerned about safety issues, they’ve heard about the pause with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” Carranco said.
Jones said teams at vaccination sites are well trained, making everyone feel comfortable. He explained they’re also organized and equipped to get people vaccinated quickly.
“Right now we have over 20 vaccinators in this gym,” Jones said. “We can move a line anywhere between 3.5 to 400 people a minute.”
But that’s only if people take advantage of the clinic.
“I’m very excited,” Alvarado said.
She’s hoping she can encourage anyone still on the fence about the shot to get it.
“Do it for your family, not just for yourself,” Alvarado said.
Just before 6 p.m., two hours before the end of the clinic, Jones said 1,965 shots were given out. That left over 4,000 slots available.