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Mayor Guajardo: Improvements to vaccination events will be made

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Posted at 12:22 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 20:09:21-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — There are citizens in the Coastal Bend who are upset and concerned with the way the city and county are dealing with the mega vaccination clinics in Robstown.

Mayor of Corpus Christi Paulette Guajardo described the vaccination events at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds as imperfect but successful, because they were still able to vaccinate thousands of people.

“We are definitely trying and making improvements,” Guajardo said.

When asked about what those improvements are she said traffic, access to bathrooms, and the communication between city and county officials are priorities in making the mega vaccination events even more successful.

She is also working on a senior ride program where seniors will be driven out to the fairgrounds to get vaccinated; along with a program that would enable those who are vulnerable and stuck at home to get vaccinated. This program would also include people in inner-cities who are not able to drive to the fairgrounds.

Guajardo is also looking into bringing a vaccination event to Corpus Christi.

“One of the things I’m working on with the council, the state, and the staff is bringing a location inside of the city to have a vaccination clinic for our residents of Corpus Christi,” Guajardo said.

Guajardo said there will be many more mega vaccination clinics, and they are looking at vaccination events from other counties to help model future Robstown mega vaccination clinics.

Even though the event intended for Wednesday Jan. 20 has been cancelled, Guajardo said she is hoping that they will be having a vaccination event on Thursday. It will be a first-come-first-serve event as opposed to the first event last week where they were using pre-registrations. They will have 5,000 vaccinations that will be given out in one day.