The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are just days away from arriving in San Antonio. Earlier this week, the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed 11 hospitals and clinics in Bexar County will receive the vaccine during its first week of availability.
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Texas on December 14, while Moderna's vaccine is projected to be available just days later. During its first week of rollout, the San Antonio area is expected to receive more than 28,000 doses, most of which will be administered to healthcare and frontline workers.
The following hospitals will be among the first places in the nation to receive the vaccine:
- San Antonio State Hospital
- North Central Baptist Hospital
- St. Lukes Baptist Hospital
- Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center
- Christus Santa Rosa Hospital - Westover Hills
- University Health System
- Methodist Hospital & Methodist Children's Hospital
- Methodist Metropolitan Hospital
- Northeast Baptist Hospital
- Wellness 360
- Baptist Medical Center
Of those 11 healthcare providers, Wellness 360 and University Health System will both receive the most doses, with 5,850 each.
In November, the San Antonio Department of Health issued preliminary guidelines for who will receive the vaccine first: critical populations, including healthcare workers; other essential workers; and people more likely to develop severe disease, like older adults and those with underlying health conditions.
In 2021, as the vaccine becomes more widely available, it will be then be made available to a broader part of the population via doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and even H-E-B.
Initial studies put the vaccine's effective rate at 90-95 percent when patients received both injections of the two-dose shot, so making sure to get that second injection is critical.
To estimate where your "place in the line" might be, the New York Times has created an interactive tool based on your age, location, occupation, and health conditions.