WellMed consolidating COVID-19 vaccinations to one site due to less demand, more availability

New appointments will be made for Elvira Cisneros Senior Community Activity Center only starting next week

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SAN ANTONIO – WellMed will soon move its COVID-19 vaccine efforts to one site.

The health care company announced that starting next week, all new appointments for the Moderna vaccine will be scheduled for the Elvira Cisneros Senior Community Activity Center at 517 S.W. Military Drive.

New appointments will no longer be made for the Alicia Treviño Lopez Senior One-Stop Center at 8353 Culebra Road, WellMed said Thursday.

Appointments for people needing to get their second shot at the Lopez Center will be held through May 21.

Officials said the decision was made due to waning demand and wider availability. WellMed’s vaccination hotline only received 59 calls on Sunday — down from about 8 million calls in one day back in January, officials said.

The demand decreased to about 1,000 calls a day in April.

“We have made a lot of progress, but the COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over. Too many people are still dying or getting sick from this terrible virus,” WellMed Medical Group President Dr. Carlos Hernandez said in a news release. “The best thing you can do today to help fight COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.”

More than 175,000 people in San Antonio have been vaccinated through WellMed, officials said.

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine at the Cisneros Center, call 833-968-1745. The line is open 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily. New appointments can also be made online.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 23% of Texans are fully vaccinated and about 36% of the state’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Nearly 30% of people in Bexar County are nearly vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District on Wednesday reported 311 new virus cases and six additional deaths due to COVID-19.

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