The first round of appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Galveston County hub at Walter Hall park filled up fast.

Galveston County and the University of Texas Medical Branch debuted a website Friday afternoon allowing qualified members of the public to sign up for vaccinations at the League City Park.

All 720 available appointments were filled within an hour, officials said.

People who managed to make an appointment will be vaccinated Saturday at the park. This week, the county, the Galveston County Health District and the University of Texas Medical Branch combined efforts to set up the vaccination site.

Officials hope to eventually inoculate up to 5,000 people a day at the site.

They might not be able to hit that mark for weeks, however, because vaccine doses from the state remain in short supply.

Health officials aren't accepting reservations for after Saturday. Officials said they plan to set up a system that allows people to be notified when more doses are available, but that system wasn’t ready Friday.

Officials also plan to set up a phone number to allow people who don’t use in the internet to sign up for appointments at the site.

Under Texas’ current guidelines, vaccines are available to health care workers, people over the age of 65 and people over the age of 16 with medical conditions that put them at a greater risk of severe cases of COVID-19.

Officials plan to offer more appointments at the vaccination hub next week, but they did not know Friday how many doses would be available or when appointments would reopen.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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(2) comments

Harvey Mueller

And what might that website be? Is this a big secret? There were 720 lucky ones but no help for anyone else to make future appointments.

Bailey Jones


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