The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will open registration for 10,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the Alamodome on Monday at 6 p.m. for residents eligible under Phases 1A and 1B. Metro Health will make an 10,000 appointments available each week through April 3 until all 40,000 appointments are booked, the City said in a press release Monday.

Appointments at the Alamodome can be made by visiting Metro Health’s vaccination registration website or calling 311 and selecting option 8. The appointments are expected to fill quickly, as demand for vaccines continues to exceed the available supply.

The slots will be for first-dose Pfizer vaccinations, the City of San Antonio said in a separate press release Sunday evening. Under the Department of State Health Services, Texans eligible under Phases 1A and 1B include frontline health care workers, residents of long-term facilities, seniors 65 or older, and anyone 16 or older with certain chronic health conditions. 

The DSHS also announced last week that school and childcare employees are now also eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Proper identification proving the person is a school or childcare employee will be required for these individuals to receive their dose or doses. 

This group includes those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, including teachers, staff, and bus drivers, and those who work as or for licensed childcare providers, including center-based and family care providers.

To learn about vaccination locations that have appointments available, people can sign up for the City of San Antonio’s text alert system by texting VACCINE, or VACUNA (for notifications in Spanish) to 55000. The text alert system is only to notify residents that appointments are available, and it does not constitute a booking or place anyone on a waiting list for a vaccination.

An estimated 60% of San Antonio residents are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine under Phases 1A or 1B.

Months into vaccine dissemination, many San Antonio seniors still report they are having difficulty finding available vaccine appointments. Earlier this month, President Joe Biden stated that with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine now also becoming available, he expects there to be enough vaccine for every U.S. adult by mid-May – weeks earlier than the original July estimate politicians were giving at the start of the year. 

For more information on how to get a COVID-19 vaccination in San Antonio, click here.

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Lindsey Carnett

Lindsey Carnett covers the environment, science and utilities for the San Antonio Report.