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CCFD vaccinates more than 1,000 seniors in 7-day period

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Posted at 10:16 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 00:57:25-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Beginning at a modest 108 vaccinations when the program was first announced on Jan. 26, the city of Corpus Christi’s “Saving Our Seniors” program or SOS has since administered at least 1,288 vaccinations to members of the elderly community in the past two weeks.

In a Jan. 27 press release, the city implied that a plan was in the works to further expand the SOS program.

Chief Robert Rocha with the Corpus Christi Fire Department said his staff is now coordinating with seven of the city’s senior centers to help more residents.

The locations are being utilized to vaccinate seniors who would normally drive up to pick up meals for themselves. He said shots are being administered to seniors in their car while they wait for their meal, although Rocha added there are still some who attend senior functions who have not been vaccinated.

“Yesterday, we completed work with five of them and so we still have two senior centers left to reach out to,” Rocha said. “That’ll be done next week — if we get some more vaccines in.”

The chief later listed those five sites: Oveal Williams Senior Center, Northwest Senior Citizen Center, Ethel Eyerly Senior Center, Zavala Senior Center and Lindale Senior Center, with relief to come to Garden and Broadmoor Senior centers pending more vaccines.

“The seniors are extremely gracious and thankful that we were able to get shots to them and really — it’s a good team effort with the city and county health department working together,” Rocha said.