AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The City of Amarillo briefed the community on the COVID-19 pandemic at 11 a.m.
Mayor Ginger Nelson used the briefing as an opportunity to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process in the city.
She stated that she has received numerous questions about vaccine availability and eligibility; for these questions, she recommended that the community check in with amarilloalerts.com to find real-time information updates for vaccine dose availability at the community clinic.
The Mayor said she did not have a consistent answer for when vaccine doses are received or how many are involved per shipment, because it ‘ebbs and flows’ week to week.
Mobile clinics, as well, have been a common question for city officials regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Officials said that mobile clinics are a possibility in the future, but the current focus is settled on the Amarillo Civic Center, which is the center for vaccinations in the community.
There is currently no calculated herd immunity percentage for the community, but health officials are sorting through the backlog of paperwork that has resulted from the vaccination effort in the community.
“We have a lot of people to vaccinate,” said Mayor Nelson.
However, she also highly recommends that all members of the community possible get vaccinated, as it is a, “huge investment in your personal health.”
Health officials reported COVID-19 case numbers for the community as of this morning as well. 30,173 total COVID-19 cases have been reported in Potter and Randall Counties, with 15,778 cases in Potter County and 14,935 in Randall County. There have been a total of 27,030 recoveries, and 538 deaths from COVID-19.
Northwest Texas Healthcare reported 83 positive COVID-19 cases, with 38 of that number in the ICU. 18 COVID-19 patients are on ventilators.
BSA Healthcare reported 112 positive COVID-19 cases, with 40 patients in the ICU and 25 on ventilators.
The VA reported nine COVID-19 positive patients, with seven in the ICU and five on ventilators.
As for 12:58 p.m., The City of Amarillo Public Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinic at the Amarillo Civic Center has exhausted its current supply of the COVID-19 vaccine. As soon as the walk-in clinic is able to provide vaccines again, it will reopen.
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