Nueces County Public Health District officials anticipate to start receiving a “very” limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines starting in mid-December.
They would initially be given to those who work in jobs that are described by the state government as ‘critical infrastructure.’ That includes health care providers in hospitals, Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni said.
Health district officials also project they will start receiving vaccines for the general public in late January or early February, Zanoni said. “So, (it’s) not too far away,” he said.
The health district’s staff would have to develop new protocols on how to store, handle and administer the vaccines. “(They’re) setting up a business process, so staff is assured no vaccine is wasted,” Zanoni said.
The local health district and the Corpus Christi Fire Department were approved Wednesday by the Texas Department of State Health Services to be COVID-19 vaccine providers. The district is one of 25 in the state that have been approved to be a provider, Zanoni said.
A vaccine for coronavirus has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, though recent early testing on vaccine candidates by two companies has proven promising.
City and district officials aren’t sure exactly how many vaccines they would receive. “This December shipment (would) be small,” Zanoni said. “We may get fewer than 100 one week, and maybe the next week we’ll get a little bit more and a little bit more.” The city has also ordered equipment to administer the vaccines, Zanoni said.