AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo Public Health Department is working to make COVID-19 vaccines available for more people with mobile clinics, starting Thursday, April 29.
Each Thursday, one mobile clinic will be available for walk-in vaccinations, alternating between locations in each of Amarillo’s four quadrants.
The City of Amarillo’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Amarillo Civic Center will also begin scaling back its operation with a reduced schedule.
As of Monday, April 26, the Amarillo Civic Center COVID-19 vaccination clinic will operate every Monday, Tuesday and Friday, as well as the first and second Saturday of each month. The clinic will not be open Wednesday, while Thursday is for mobile vaccine clinics.
“On Thursdays, we’re going to be able to take our vaccine on the road, so four different locations throughout our community each Thursday,” Amarillo Public Health Department Director, Casie Stoughton, said. “So, we’ll have some consistency in that, but also going to different areas of our community to give vaccine to people, just really building some convenience for people, some trusting communities just being there to give vaccine where people live.”
According to the city, the APHD COVID-19 vaccination daily schedule will be:
- Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Amarillo Civic Center.
- Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Amarillo Civic Center.
- Wednesday: NOT AVAILABLE.
- Thursday: Mobile Vaccination Clinic, times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
- April 29: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Warford Activity Center, 1330 N.W. 18th Ave.
- May 27: Warford Activity Center, 1330 N.W. 18th Ave.
- May 6 and June 3: El Alamo Community Center, 1502 S. Cleveland St.
- May 13 and June 10: Eastridge Baptist Church, 1300 Evergreen St.
- May 20 and June 17: Southwest Amarillo Public Library, 6801 S.W. 45th Ave
- Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Amarillo Civic Center.
- Saturday (first and second Saturdays of the month): 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Amarillo Civic Center.
Stoughton said Wednesday and Thursday have been the days with the lowest demand for vaccines since the clinic opened in December 2020.
“Wednesdays and Thursdays are typically our lowest number of vaccinations given each each week on those two days. And so on Wednesdays, we’ll be able to really get caught up on paperwork, contact tracing others things that are public health staff need to do,” Stoughton said. “Then we’ll be, like I said, giving vaccine out in the community on Thursday. So, a little bit of a reduced schedule here at the Civic Center during the week, but another opportunity out in the community.”
During Wednesday’s COVID-19 press briefing, Amarillo City Manager, Jared Miller, said as usage decreases, the city will phase out the Civic Center vaccine clinic and ramp up homebound vaccination efforts and mobile clinics.
“They’re all part of a process to start phasing into providing those services in more, smaller locations,” Miller said. “One, so that we can bring the vaccines to where people are, like I said, but two, we do have to start phasing into utilization of the Civic Center for what it’s there for.”
Stoughton said the public health department is still taking up some space in the civic center as they continue to use it during the week.
“At one point, we were getting so many vaccines that we had all four rooms here in the exhibit area, in use, and we’ve been able to reduce our footprint down to the north exhibit hall.” She said, “But there’s some other space available for people who may need to rent that space here at the Civic Center and then eventually—we’re still probably a ways out from that—but eventually, then we’ll be able to move the operation back to the health department. But we’re still a ways out from now.”
Stoughton said on Thursday that about 25-30% of our community’s eligible population has been vaccinated.
“So, we still have a ways to go to get to like that 80-90% mark, but we’re making progress,” Stoughton added. “And so with each vaccine, given, we’re getting closer and closer.”
On Wednesday, Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson pleaded with the public, “…get your vaccine. And if you’ve done that, then I’m asking you just to continue to encourage your family, your friends, your neighbors, and out of love, ask them have you scheduled your vaccine. And let’s see if we can’t make a push to continue vaccinating people in our city.”
For more information about the COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinics, click here.
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