County’s vaccine availability increases
More COVID vaccine allotments have been available this week at several locations around Medina and Uvalde County. While the exact number of remaining doses available at each location was not known at press time, a web visit to medinacountytexas.org will provide links to five sites where the vaccine was being given at the start of the week. Vaccines have been available this week at the Medina County Health Unit, Medina Regional Hospital, Uvalde County Health Authority, H-E-B in Hondo, and God’s Country Pharmacy, also in Hondo. Some of the vaccines available through the county health unit will be distributed at the Devine Community Center on Saturday, April 10. Upon visiting the website, links are available to each of the vaccine distribution centers, where citizens will have the opportunity to register. The COVID vaccine can now be offered to anyone age 16 and older, with priority given to those age 80 and over, and those in vulnerable groups. The Pfizer vaccine is available to those 16 and over, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to those 18 and up. Through Monday, April 5, there have been 12,901 people in Medina County who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 8,786 being fully vaccinated. (Pfizer and Moderna required two doses, several weeks apart, while the J&J vaccine is a single dose.) Just over 21% of Medina County residents have been fully vaccinated.