Woodlawn Lake Park Event To Share Information On COVID-19 Vaccines And More
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‘What Would It Take’ Event
Officials with the Metropolitan Health District and San Antonio District 7 City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval will host an event Saturday, May 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Lake park.
They will share information about upcoming vaccine clinics, provide free fruit paletas, masks and hand sanitizers as part of the city’s “What Would It Take” campaign.
“Paletas in the Park goes to the heart of our San Antonio communities that have been impacted by COVID-19,” a city press release said.
“This campaign urges residents to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks and social distancing and to get vaccinated as soon as they are able to.”
Latest Bexar County Updates
Metro Health reported 113 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the area’s total case count from last year to 219,121.
There were 2 new deaths reported on Friday, bringing the death toll related to the virus to 3,381.
There are currently 220 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across Bexar County (+1), including 73 patients in intensive care (+2) and 41 on ventilators (no change).
On Thursday San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported about 928,327 people in San Antonio have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, that’s about 61% of the eligible population.
There are about 647,489 people in the area who are fully vaccinated — about 43% of the eligible population.
New Walk-in Vaccines Clinics
Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez said in an effort to get shots to people, four University Health clinics around the city have been pressed into the battle. Walk-in vaccinations will be available at all four sites from 8 am. to 5 p.m. weekdays. They include The Texas Diabetes Institute, the 36th Street Clinic, University Health Ada Street clinic the Robert B. Greene Clinic.
Walk-ins are also welcome on Saturdays at the Brady Green Clinic. The walk-in location at St. Philip's College on the East Side will remain open until May 19.
Fiesta, Schools And An Appeal For Normalcy
After Fiesta was postponed last spring, rescheduled to the fall, then canceled again, San Antonio’s annual celebration is back. Normally held in April, this year it will begin on Thursday, June 17, and runs through June 27
Mayor Nirenberg said masks will be required at all official Fiesta events. Member organizations that host events will be asked to enforce COVID-19 protocols. People who choose not to wear masks could be ejected from Fiesta events.
Mayor Nirenberg said the single most important return to normalcy for the area will be for schools to open on time in the fall.
He encouraged residents to get their vaccines to ensure schools can open safely and in-person.
Select Outdoor Pools To Reopen In San Antonio
San Antonio Parks and Recreation announced the reopening of 6 outdoor pools starting this weekend. There will be 4 pools open on weekdays and 6 open on weekends.
The facilities will require pre-registration for designated swim times, COVID-19 screenings upon entry and a mask requirements when not in the pool. Parks and Rec will also provide extra cleaning and sanitizing of the common areas.
Pools open on weekdays and weekends include:
- Woodlawn Pool, 221 Alexander Ave
- Southside Lions, 3100 Hiawatha
- Heritage, 1423 S. Ellison Dr.
- Lady Bird Johnson, 10700 Nacogdoches
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 5pm – 8pm Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 1pm – 8pmPools open on weekends only include:
- San Pedro, 2200 N. Flores
- John F. Kennedy, 3299 S. W. 28th St.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 1pm – 8pmRegister at saparksandrec.com.
FDA May Authorize Pfizer Vaccine For New Age Group
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the Pfizer vaccine to a new age group — 12 to 15 year olds. The announcement could come by next week, NPR reports.
The news comes as young people are increasingly becoming infected with the coronavirus. Children in the U.S. now account for 1 in 5 cases in states that release data by age.
The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for people 16 and up. In Texas, children under 16 make up about 23% of the population.
There have been more than 2.48 million cases of the coronavirus in Texas since the pandemic started last year according to Texas Department of State Health Services. There have also been more than 49,500 total deaths related to the virus. There are currently 2,568 Texans hospitalized with the coronavirus.
Vaccines In Texas
About 37% of Texans aged 16 and up are fully vaccinated, and about 50% of the population has received at least one shot according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
However as KUT reports, more than 630,000 Texans are 43+ days late for their second dose of the vaccine.
Texas DSHS is launching the next phase of its campaign encouraging Texans to get the vaccine. The campaign includes $1.5 million television and radio advertisements and local pop-up events at Walmarts across the state.
Find the latest national and international updates on COVID-19 from NPR's live blog.