In Galveston County, more than 35% of adults who fall under that category have gotten at least one dose. As the county prepares to administer more doses, health officials are also trying to reach out to other populations.
In anticipation of the state’s expansion of vaccine eligibility, @utmbhealth and partners in the Galveston County Vaccination Hub have two-dose COVID vaccinations currently available for those 16 years and older, per FDA guidelines. To schedule, visit https://t.co/c7CY7Ll9rj.— UTMB Health (@utmbhealth) March 24, 2021
One way they're doing that is with a partnership with the Galveston County Food Bank. Six days a week, they see up to 600 cars daily go through their mobile food distribution sites.
READ ALSO: UTMB nurses using time off to vaccinate COVID-19 patients who can't leave their homes
On Friday, as volunteers filled up families' trucks with food, recipients were also handed an informational flyer on the vaccine created by UTMB. On one side, it details how to get the vaccine, and on the back, it answers frequently asked questions. The flyers are available in both English and Spanish.
"They created some awesome flyers to help us get the word out about the COVID-19 vaccination," said Kelly Boyer, the program supervisor for the Galveston County Food Bank. "Mobile food distributions are a great way for us to get resources out to the community because people come in mass."
For people in line, like Sam Morales, the flyer was a huge help.
READ ALSO: Galveston residents get dose of vaccine where they're most comfortable: church
"I've been trying to get [the vaccine] for about a month and I don't know who to get in touch with or anything like that," he said. "It will help a lot, a 100%."
Galveston County and UTMB have not only created flyers, but they also made bookmarks and are working on other ways to get into communities and get the word out about vaccinations.
"We are approaching churches, we are approaching home health agencies, we are approaching some home health clinics where people come for regular care," said Dr. Janak Patel, who's a part of the UTMB COVID-19 Vaccination Preparedness Task Force.
UTMB's Dr. Patel talked to @MarlaABC13 about opening up the vaccine eligibility to all adults 16 and older starting Monday. Watch his interview today at 4 and 6 p.m. on @abc13houston pic.twitter.com/D9Mx4lxoSR— UTMB News (@utmbnews) March 26, 2021
As for Galveston County, anyone can sign up for their waitlist. To make an appointment, you can visit the vaccine section of the UTMB website or you can call 877-389-2318.
Follow Marla Carter on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.