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Metro Health Joins In On Fiesta Fun With Pop-Up Clinics At 8 Events

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This blog is updated every weekday. It includes the latest COVID-19 data from San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District, which is updated weekly on Wednesdays, as well as statewide reporting from The Texas Newsroom.

San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District will be offering COVID-19 vaccines through pop-up clinics at 8 official Fiesta events.

“After Fiesta was cancelled last year because of the pandemic, we know San Antonio is ready to celebrate this city-wide party, but we also want to make sure people continue to get vaccinated, so we want to do whatever we can to reach people wherever they might be,” said Dr. Anita Kurian, Metro Health Assistant Director, in a press release. “We are also grateful to the Fiesta San Antonio Commission and Fiesta Organizers for working with us to have our mobile clinics at Fiesta.”

Clinics will be at the following events:

  • Fiesta Carnival: June 19-27: 4-8 p.m. at the Alamodome Lot C (Pfizer vaccine, 12 years and older)
  • Fiesta de Los Reyes: June 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Market Square, Centro de Artes lobby, 514 W. Commerce (Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 18 years and older)
  • Mission Reach Flotilla Fiesta: June 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mission County Park Trailhead, 841 VFW Blvd. (Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 18 years and older)
  • Juneteenth Festival: June 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Comanche Park #2, 2600 Rigsby Ave. (Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 18 years and older)
  • Fiesta Run to Remember: June 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 200 Noblewood Drive (Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 18 years and older)
  • A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada: June 20 and June 27, 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Rancho del Charro, 6126 Charro Drive (Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 18 years and older)
  • NIOSA (A Night in Old San Antonio): June 22-25, 4-8 p.m. at La Villita, 418 La Villita St. (Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 18 years and older)

Metro Health is partnering with the Fiesta San Antonio Commission.

There are additional pop-up vaccine events happening this weekend at:

  • Longest Day Run at Wheatley: June 19, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Heights Sports Complex, 200 Noblewood Dr 78220 (Johnson & Johnson, 18 years and older)
  • Christ Episcopal Church: June 19, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., 510 Belknap Place 78212 (Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 18 years and older; Pfizer)
  • St. Mark's Catholic Church: June 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1602 Thousand Oaks Dr. 78232 (Pfizer)

And on Monday at:

  • Southwest Workers Union and Texas Organizing Project: June 21, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., 1416 E Commerce St. 78205 (Pfizer)
  • Mission Marquee Plaza: June 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 3100 Roosevelt Ave. 78214 (Johnson & Johnson, 18 years and older)

Goodwill San Antonio Training Future Certified Nursing Assistants

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic showed the need for certified nursing assistants, according to a press release from Goodwill San Antonio.

“Good Careers Academy is part of a collaborative effort along with several area partners including Project Quest offering vocational training programs especially to those whose livelihoods have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release said.

“New and traditional funding resources are providing additional opportunities for full financial assistance and a potential stipend,” it added.

The next nurse’s aide class starts on June 28, and enrollment is continuously open. Find more information at www.goodwillsa.org/education-training/good-careers-academy or contact the Admissions Office at (210) 271-8888 or by email at AdmissionGCA@goodwillsa.org.

Metro Health Advises People To Get Both Doses Of Applicable Vaccines

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is becoming more prevalent globally, and Metro Health is encouraging community members who get a 2-dose vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) to fulfill the regimen by getting both shots.

“Effectiveness with just one dose of vaccine is as low as 33% in one study in the U.K. just last month,” said Dr. Junda Woo, Metro Health medical director and local health authority for San Antonio and Bexar County, in a press release.

“It’s worrisome that the Delta variant is suddenly making up 90% of COVID cases in the U.K. That could happen here wherever people are not fully vaccinated. This is why we highly encourage you to come back for your second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine after you have received the first one.”

Metro Health officials reported that more than 108,000 individuals did not return for their second dose as of June 14.

Latest Bexar County Updates

The City of San Antonio reports weekly updates on Wednesdays. As of June 16, the area had a 7-day average of 105 new daily cases and a total 225,547 cases since March 2020.

More than 3,500 deaths have been confirmed by Metro Health, and on Wednesday, there were 113 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in San Antonio.

The city has fully vaccinated more than 858,000 residents, as of June 8 — about 51.6% of the eligible population. More than 1,093,000 people have received at least one dose.

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