H-E-B is out of COVID-19 vaccines but has applied to receive more

H-E-B pharmacies do not accept walk-ins due to limited shelf life of vaccine

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SAN ANTONIOH-E-B pharmacies are officially out of the COVID-19 vaccine - at least temporarily - but they have requested more.

Dya Campos, a spokesperson for the Texas grocery retailer, told KSAT Monday afternoon that H-E-B is “working closely with the state to receive more allocation of the vaccine.”

In Bexar County, 44 H-E-B pharmacies received a total of 4,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine. The vaccines were not made available to the general public but were reserved for healthcare providers as outlined in the distribution schedule set by the CDC.

“At this time H‑E‑B has administered and scheduled all the vaccines we were allocated,” said Campos.

Campos also said that “Texas’ total allocation from the federal government has decreased. Once supply becomes more readily available, we are prepared to help vaccinate our communities on a broad scale.”

Currently, Texas is allowing people in Phase 1B, which includes people 65 and older, and people 16 and older with at least one chronic illness, to be vaccinated in addition to people in Phase 1A, which includes health care workers and nursing home workers and patients.

A press release from H-E-B states that once the retailer receives more supply of the vaccine, an online scheduler tool will be made available so people can schedule an appointment.

Pharmacies do not accept walk-ins because of the vaccine’s fragile shelf life which requires it to be used within hours of opening a new vial, according to H-E-B officials. Each Covid-19 vaccine vial has 10 doses.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.