SAN ANTONIO — NOTE: The video above first appeared Dec. 30, 2020.
University Health opened up appointment slots Thursday evening for free COVID-19 vaccinations for people in the most recent phase approved for inoculation by Gov. Greg Abbott and the State Department of Health Services, the hospital announced Thursday afternoon.
Those slots filled within just a few hours after the announcement of the openings.
The vaccine will be available to people with appointments who are identified as part of phase 1B, including seniors who are at least 65 years old, and people who are age 18 or older who have certain chronic medical conditions.
The registration portal at wecandoitsa.com was fully booked as of 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration is required. Details about the vaccine clinic are available by calling 210-644-1960.
University Health released a statement late Thursday evening about the high demand for the vaccine.
"Unfortunately, all available slots for seniors and those with chronic conditions to receive the Moderna vaccine beginning Monday are filled. Due to the overwhelming response to our announcement we quickly filled some 11,000 appointments and currently have none available. We will open up more slots as soon as we get more vaccine and let you know through our social media.... Please continue to stay safe."
The goal for the vaccine clinic will be to vaccinate 1,000 people daily. The Moderna vaccine is given in two doses, 28 days apart. An appointment for the second shot will be scheduled when the first shot is given. It is important that people receive both doses.
Josh Solomon booked an appointment for his mother to get the vaccine. After a health issue, 73-year-old Frances Sugar moved in with her son.
"I am anxious for her to get the vaccine," he said. Her protection number one. I mean many of us can be asymptomatic and not even know we carry it, and unintentionally give it to somebody who has a low probability of recovery. "Frankly, I don't think I could live with myself if something ever happened to her."
The veteran said his mom is excited to get the vaccine. He said once she does, he will be able to sleep better at night.
"What a fantastic way to start 2021", he said. "It looks like everything is looking up. Keep pressing forward. Positive thoughts. Do the right thing. protect yourself. And protect other people."