According to the agency’s chief, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will begin providing COVID-19 booster shots on September 20.
Furthermore, beginning in late September, Metro Health may offer $100 gift cards as an incentive to get fully vaccinated. According to Claude Jacob, the new director of the city-run health district, US officials are expected to have approved the use of federal monies to pay for the incentives by that time.
During a COVID-19 notification to the Bexar County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, University Health President and CEO George Hernandez told commissioners that the county hospital equipment is working to restart a vaccination mega site at Wonderland of the Americas Mall in Balcones Heights to oversee booster shots.
Last Monday, public health and medical specialists announced that eight months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccinations, people can receive a vaccine booster to increase protection against the now-dominant delta coronavirus strain.
The first people to get booster injections, according to a proposal unveiled last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies, would be health care workers, nursing home residents, and other elderly Americans who were originally vaccinated in December.
After the initial vaccine, studies reveal that protection against coronavirus declines over time. While there is ample evidence that immunizations work, some completely vaccinated persons will become infected and require hospitalization; a few people have died as a result of COVID-19.
Since the beginning of the year, around 2% of all COVID-19 cases, 2% of hospitalized COVID-19 cases, and about 1% of persons who died from the disease have been fully vaccinated, according to the July epidemiology report. Currently, 1,418 COVID-19-positive patients are being treated in regional hospitals. There were only 216 people on July 11th.
407 of those admitted to the hospital are in intensive care units, and 245 are on mechanical ventilators. The virus infects one out of every three patients admitted to the hospital.