Houston health officials expect to inoculate about 3,600 people at one location on Saturday, triple what the city has done “on any given day,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.
The Houston Health Department partnered with the Astros Foundation to operate Minute Maid Park as a Covid-19 vaccination site on Saturday after the department’s Bayou City Event Center clinic closed for “an unrelated weekend event,” said a health department statement.
The Minute Maid Park site is open only to people who already had scheduled appointed at the Bayou City Event Center, the statement said.
“We are going to be able to do up to about 3600 today, which will be significantly more than we have done”, Mayor Turner said.
The city’s health department opened up approximately 1,000 additional appointments for Saturday’s vaccination clinic and in about 20 minutes the slots were booked, Turner said.
The new appointments were made available because of an additional 1,000 doses of vaccine delivered to the health department on Friday.
“That was unexpected in terms of the timing, we expected it to come in next week,” Turner said.
“We’ve already seen 727 people, which is more than we see in a day at the Bayou Center,” said Stephen Williams, Director for the Houston Health Department.
Vaccines will be administered to 1A and 1B groups which include health workers, residents over 65 years old and people 16 years of age and older with comorbidities, Turner said.