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Mayor Sylvester Turner gives COVID-19 vaccination update and talks crack down on bars

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Minute Maid Park, Houston’s latest COVID-19 vaccination website, administered 5,000 vaccinations Saturday morning, based on well being officers.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner visited the location, because the vaccinations have been being administered by the Houston Well being Division.

The Houston Well being Division tweeted a reminder that appointments for Monday have been full.

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For the reason that mega website shouldn’t be drive-thru, one factor that helps operations run easily is the massive police presence directing individuals the place they should park and the place to go from there.

“It is a big operation. There my be glitches from time to time, however I guarantee you vaccinations usually are not sitting on cabinets,” mentioned Mayor Turner.

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Regardless of the efforts to get individuals vaccinated, he mentioned the COVID-19 positivity price continues to be a lot greater than anybody would love.

“I am nonetheless getting some disturbing footage of individuals hanging out in golf equipment which have been recategorized as eating places,” he mentioned. “And let me let you know, they aren’t eating places.”

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Turner mentioned he can be calling on TABC to crack down on the reclassifications. He mentioned he is been in communication with Houston Hearth Division Chief Sam Pena. He and his division are anticipated to be reviewing a few of these eating places Saturday night time.

“Whenever you have a look at these footage, there is not any meals on the desk,” Turner mentioned. “That’s loopy. I’m calling on the state to evaluate their insurance policies.”

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He mentioned loop holes like these are making it very tough for the town to realize eliminating the virus.

“TABC continues to conduct greater than 1,000 inspections every week, which incorporates responding to studies of potential violations,” TABC later mentioned in a press release. “We’re conscious of the movies which surfaced this weekend and have already opened our personal investigation.”

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The middle at Minute Maid Park is among the three mega websites working within the Houston space.

WATCH: Minute Maid Park attracts crowd ready on COVID-19 vaccine

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Memorial Herman is about to present out 13,000 vaccinations from Thursday to Sunday at NRG, which works out to about 3,200 a day. The additional 2,000 slots the hospital added for NRG’s drive-thru clinic this weekend are actually full.

The spots have been added to the schedule for Jan. 16 and Jan. 17, based on a launch from the hospital. After about an hour, the hospital introduced that they had all been taken.

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Houston Methodist Hospital can be giving out 4,000 pictures. Throughout this occasion, Memorial Hermann plans to vaccinate people who find themselves 65 or older, which relies on the state’s vaccination distribution Part 1B tips.

Most of the surrounding county well being departments, together with Fort Bend, Montgomery, Waller, Brazoria and Galveston counties, didn’t obtain further doses this final week.

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A lot of these leaders have voiced their frustration and need to have the ability to do for his or her residents what Houston is doing right now.

The state well being division mentioned they anticipate receiving at the very least 100,000 extra doses this week than final, which they mentioned will permit them to succeed in extra counties.

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WATCH: Houston metropolis leaders define plan to widen vaccine availability

You may as well test together with your main care supplier and native pharmacy, or the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 vaccine availability map.

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READ MORE: Track COVID-19 vaccine availability and progress across Houston

The video above is from a earlier story.

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