COVID-19 Briefing, April 22: More than half of Bexar County’s eligible population has received their first vaccine dose

7-day average is 222

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Commissioner Trish DeBerry and Assistant Metro Health Director Dr. Anita Kurian updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their briefing Thursday night.

Nirenberg reported 214,631 total COVID-19 cases and 3,330 total deaths in Bexar County, an increase of 249 new cases as of Thursday. No new deaths were reported today.

The 7-day rolling average is 222.

City officials also reported that 238 patients are hospitalized, 83 are in the intensive care unit and 38 are on ventilators. There are 10% of staffed beds available and 73% of ventilators available.

Nirenberg said 54.3% of the eligible population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 34% of those eligible are fully vaccinated. He said anyone over the age of 16 can drive up to the Alamodome vaccination site between noon and 5 p.m. on Friday and receive a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.

Kurian said the city-run vaccine administration sites are seeing a 30% to 50% no-show rate. She said the city is taking steps to offset the vaccines that go to waste.

DeBerry said she had seen a decline in the number of people visiting the county inoculation sites. She attributed the lower numbers there to the ease of vaccine appointment availability at this time. Kurian agreed and said other factors could also be contributing to the decline.

Watch the entire briefing in the video player above to hear more from city and county leaders, or click here if you are reading KSAT’s coronavirus newsletter.

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