San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg says he’s waiting his turn to get his COVID-19 vaccination

By Madalyn Mendoza

Mayor Ron Nirenberg said Monday that he is not jumping ahead in the COVID-19 vaccine line.

The 43-year-old mayor said he has been asked if he’s been inoculated. He shared some transparency on his social media channels Monday night.

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“When my age/health group is called, I’ll be there with bells on,” he said. “My focus right now is ensuring that we get enough doses for our region, especially as we work to vaccinate our vulnerable & priority populations.”

Scarce supply of the coveted COVID-19 vaccine appointments has left thousands of San Antonians trying and trying and trying again to get a chance to roll up their sleeves. Over the weekend, 9,000 spots at the mass vaccination center at the Alamodome filled up six minutes after registration opened. States throughout the country are figuring out which communities to prioritize in the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history, but the struggle of jammed phone lines and demand are shared throughout.

In Texas, healthcare workers, residents of long-term facilities, people 65 and older, pregnant women and those 16 or older with pre-existing chronic conditions are able to sign up for the vaccine, per the state’s phase 1A and 1B guidelines.

Assistant City Manager Colleen Bridger, who oversees the Metro Health Department, told the San Antonio Express-News they’re pushing the state for more doses.

“We’re putting in our request for as many as possible,”  she said, according to the article. “We will be asking for at least 30,000, split between the three major providers — University Health, city of San Antonio and WellMed — each getting approximately 10,000 doses.”

Nirenberg toured the Alamodome vaccination site with Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on Monday, as San Antonio began mass vaccinations. Wolff, who qualified due to his age, allowed local media to be present on Dec. 30 as he got his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at University Health.

Also on Monday, Governor Greg Abbott provided an update for the state’s vaccine rollout from Arlington, where one of Texas’ 28 vaccination hubs is located. The state expects to receive about 310,000 each week.

The tumultuous rollout coincides with another COVID-19 surge in Texas. The city and county reported 3,002 cases — the highest in a single day since the pandemic began — on Sunday.

Madalyn Mendoza covers news and puro pop culture for MySA.com | mmendoza@mysa.com | @maddyskye


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