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Abilene-Taylor County named COVID-19 vaccine hub

The Health District will be holding a appointment-only vaccine clinic this week, Jan. 21 & 22, at the Expo Center's Round Building.
Credit: Lexis Greene

ABILENE, Texas — According to Public Health Director, Annette Lerma the Health District will be holding a vaccine clinic this week, Jan. 21 & 22, at the Expo Center's Round Building.

"All vaccinations will be administered by appointment only, and the Health District is contacting individuals directly off of their waitlist to come in and get vaccinated."

The Abilene Taylor County Health District released the following plans:

- The Health District aims to vaccinate as many as 600 people each day at the Round Building

- The Health District has received the 600 2nd doses that will be given to those who received an initial dose, along with 1,200 more initial doses. The 600 2nd doses will be administered by appointment at the Health District. The new 1,200 doses received are what will be administered Thursday and Friday at the Round Building.

- The Health District is contacting individuals meeting 1A and 1B criteria on its waitlist to receive those new initial doses.

"We have about 12,000 on the waitlist, and at a rate of 1,200 per week it's going to take us 10 weeks to get through everybody, if everything remains the same it's going to take us 10 weeks to get through everybody on that list," said Lerma.

According to Lerma, the vaccine site will move to the Abilene Convention Center starting next week.

Abilene's Director of Transportation, Don Green said Citilink will be offering free rides to the vaccine site for those who have an appointment.

To schedule a ride to the vaccination hub call CityLink at 325-676-6287 and select ‘option 2’ to talk to the operator and schedule a ride.