City vaccine partnership with Curative begins

On Monday the Laredo Health Department will start vaccinating people registered on the Vaccinate Laredo website waiting list over at the Sames Auto Arena.
Published: Mar. 15, 2021 at 3:14 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2021 at 11:37 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - It’s been almost a year since just about every aspect of life seemed to change, but with the emergence of several vaccines, some people are beginning to see a glimmer of hope.

After reports of those frustrated by vaccine waiting lists, the city started distributing the newly allocated doses to those who had already registered to receive them and the possibilities remain open.

On Monday, the Sames Auto Arena began seeing people line up- despite some of the reservations that continue to circulate concerning any adverse effects of the vaccines.

“Vaccines are there for us to take advantage of- we need to make others aware this is to help to get everyone vaccinated because this is something that has to be done. This virus is not going to go away easily. It’s going to be here for a long, long time.”

Like hundreds of other Laredoans, Leonora Galvez was ready to celebrate the local distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, and celebrates the fact that most are walking away content.

“I feel good,” said Edwin Gomez. “No adverse effects. No nothing... everything feels good. My arm feels good. I would tell people to do it.”

“Thankfully, no one has gotten any reaction,” said Francisco Martinez. “They tell me everything has been good- all day.”

Regardless of the positive attitude here at home, some are still expressing doubts.

“We have three highly efficacious, safe vaccines that are now available to the american public,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci. “They have not been compared one to the other, which the only way you could affect that we do that would be an head-to-head comparisons.”

Galvez had no reservations. She has been hit hard in the heart, losing her father to the pandemic.

“My father passed away due to COVID. So it’s very hard. People don’t understand that until you have somebody pass away or see them very sick at home, you’ll never know how it could affect yourself.”

In the end, she only wishes her father could have received the appropriate treatment.

“I just thank god. We are already all in in good standing with health and I will do everything to protect my family.”

On Monday the city began the distribution with 600 doses being made available to those who registered, beginning Tuesday, 800 doses will be available each day.

The next registration period will be available through on Tuesdays and Saturdays beginning March 23rd.

For any questions about vaccines or appointments you can call 956-620-2241 or sent an email to VACCINATE@CI.LAREDO.TX.USCopyright 2021 KGNS. All rights reserved.