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City prepares for mass vaccinations | Here's what you should know

KENS-TV San Antonio logo KENS-TV San Antonio 1/11/2021 Jordan Foster

This week the city plans to vaccinate the most people in a week since the coronavirus vaccinations began. There are some things people need to know before they show up to receive their vaccine.

“We have three mass vaccination sites here in Bexar County,” San Antonio Metro Health Assistant Director Dr. Anita Kurian said.

For starters Dr. Kurian says if someone has gotten another vaccination recently, they may need to wait two weeks before getting the COVID-19 vaccination.

“Ideally we recommend you wait at least 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccines,” Dr. Kurian said.

With three mass vaccination site across the city Dr. Kurian says before you leave you need to know which location you’re signed up for, and which vaccine you’ll be receiving.

City leaders want to remind everyone to please be patient as they work to get more people vaccinated. On top of that, WellMed Medical Management, Inc and The City have partnered together to offer the vaccine at two WellMed senior centers.

That also starts Monday for eligible residents.

Those centers will be the Elvira Cisneros Senior Community Center and the Alicia Trevino Lopez Senior One-Step Center.

“Show up as close to your appointment time as possible to avoid any congestion and frustration at the site,” Dr. Kurian said.

After someone receives the first dose of their vaccine treatment, UT Health San Antonio Medical Director Dr. Robert Leverence says they could still catch the virus.

“Some people will unfortunately get COVID between their first shot, and their second shot. So they should delay the second shot until they’re completely recovered,” Dr. Leverence said.

The doctor says they should still practice all safety measures because the vaccine isn’t most effective until after the second dose has been received. Even then, the doctors says they could still pass the virus to others.

“A lot of people out there will not have had the shot yet. No children will, some pregnant women may opt out of getting it and it’s possible you can spread the virus to them,” Dr. Leverence said.


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