Local COVID-19 vaccination continues later today

Long lines already in place for vaccine distribution
Long lines already are appearing at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds
Local COVID-19 vaccination distribution continues today
Posted at 5:26 AM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 09:52:46-05

ROBSTOWN, Texas — The effort to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in Nueces County continues later today at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds.

Nueces County officials say they are expecting to distribute the remaining 4,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine later today.

Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni says of the 4,000 doses received, 2,000 were given out on Monday. They expect the remaining 2,000 will be given out today.

We spoke to Zanoni about 9 p.m. Monday. He told us the vaccine distribution is happening faster than anticipated.

Zanoni says people started lining up around 4 a.m. Monday and the vaccine was delayed in getting to officials by five hours. So they didn’t want to turn anyone eligible away.

He also said when the vaccine distribution was tested, it was done so with one person per vehicle, but people were showing up with up to six people in a single vehicle Monday, causing big delays.

"We want people to be as honest as they can,” Zanoni said. “We want to be sensitive to that population that's high at risk and not be selfish."

Zanoni also says if all 4,000 vaccines are given out by the end of the day today, it means more could be distributed to our area as the state will recognize the need as well as the ability to give out a large number of vaccines.

City leaders say they hope to get more of the vaccine this week, but don’t know exactly when this will happen.

Registration for today's event is closed and the city's website says it will announce today whether more will be distributed on Wednesday.