The Regional Vaccination subHUB at the Washington County Expo is no longer administering first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Washington County EMS Director Kevin Deramus explained that the subHUB has been unable to administer all of its first doses for multiple weeks, with the lowest turnout coming on Tuesday when only 1,200 people showed up for 5,000 available vaccines. He believes the area has been “saturated,” and said as the state pushes out more vaccines to clinics and pharmacies, the mass vaccine hub is no longer needed.
Deramus said the subHUB will continue to give out second doses through Wednesday, May 5th.
Deramus said the 3,000 to 5,000 vaccines that the subHUB would normally receive from the state each week will be reallocated to local pharmacies. He said Washington County EMS will continue to function as a vaccine program for those that have not yet received the vaccine, and—if needed—will administer small quantities of first doses at the EMS offices.
Approximately 4,025 second doses are scheduled for Wednesday, April 14th at the subHUB for individuals that received their first dose on March 16th. People who received their first dose any time prior to March 17th will also be accepted. Operations will occur from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and no further vaccines will be given after 4 p.m.
With this week’s vaccinations, the subHUB passed a total of 50,000 vaccines administered. To date, 50,535 vaccines have been given out to Texans, with 31,004 of those being first doses and 19,531 being second doses. A total of 1,183 school staff have received vaccines at the subHUB.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), as of today (Friday), approximately 9,243 Washington County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 6,988 have been fully vaccinated. The estimated number of people 16 and older in the county—those who are eligible to receive the vaccine—is 29,086. DSHS estimates 24.03 percent of people 16 and older in the county are considered fully vaccinated.
More information about the subHUB is available at www.localevent.info.