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WestCare Texas Hosts COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Drive

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“WestCare Texas Hosts COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Drive to Fill Critically Low Supply”

WestCare Texas has partnered with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center to bring blood and plasma donation busses out to the community in a life-saving plea for community members, who have recovered from COVID-19, to donate convalescent plasma. 

The blood supply in South Texas has reached critically low levels, declining to around half of what is needed to adequately serve patients throughout the region.  The shortfall comes at a time when collections normally are rising, the start of the new school year. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, universities are not hosting blood drives. 

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is the only facility in our community that directly helps critically ill COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, by collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients, per U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements, to be used as a treatment.   Currently, plasma is being flown in from New Jersey and New York, because it is in short supply locally. “Sometimes the patient doesn’t have any treatment available to them for days” as the hospital awaits delivery of convalescent plasma, according to a UT Health San Antonio physician.

Identifying CCP donors often reaches beyond the existing donor base.  we need to get a particular population, which is people who have recovered from the virus. According to data from the CDC, we do know that certain populations—African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, and the elderly, to name a few—are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 infections and deaths. WestCare understands that COVID-19 has not impacted all communities equally and wants to ensure equity in access to affordable, safe, and effective treatments for COVID-19. “We really want to help the people who have been hurt the most by this disease,” said Beverly Watts Davis, Vice President West Care Texas.  “It isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the most effective way to protect those whose lives are most at risk and to treat those who develop disease.”

The South Texas blood and Tissue Center has seen a OBI needs its donors to help save patient lives in the here and now.

A single plasma donation with OBI can provide plasma to up to four COVID-19 patients, in a process that takes about an hour and a half. it should be stocked.   On the average, one donor can provide 3 – 4 doses, which can help treat 3 – 4 people. up in preparing for the second wave if it will come unless a specific drug or a vaccine will be available. 

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Drive-up Option Now Open

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Alamodome Vaccine Clinic drive-up option now open from 2-5 p.m. without appointments 

SAN ANTONIO (April 19, 2021) – People 16 years and up, can now get a COVID-19 vaccination without an appointment from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays – Saturdays at the drive-through vaccination site at the Alamodome. 

“Now that the supply has caught up with the demand, we want to make getting your COVID-19 vaccination as easy as possible,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger. “We recognize that for some people it is easier to just pop in rather than make an appointment and we wanted to accommodate that preference.”  

Over 779,687 people in Bexar county have received at least one dose (that includes the DOD and VA) and we have surpassed 1 million doses administered. “San Antonio continues to exceed both state and national averages in the number of people vaccinated,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “I’m proud of the way San Antonians have come together during this pandemic and stayed the course. Practicing social distancing, good hygiene, wearing masks and getting vaccinated is making a difference. I encourage all eligible persons to get vaccinated.”

For more information, please visit covid19.sanantonio.gov   

FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS

  1. Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
  2. Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
  3. Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  4. Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov
  5. Text Vaccine or Vacuna to 55000 to receive text notifications

Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available here.

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City of San Antonio Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist

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SAN ANTONIO (April 14, 2021) – Today, the City of San Antonio launched a COVID-19 vaccine waitlist to assist residents who would like to obtain an appointment. The San Antonio COVID-19 vaccine waitlist is a partnership between the City of San Antonio and Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a non-profit, community health information exchange that provides value-based, patient-centered information services intended to improve the health status of individuals and the communities it serves.

This pilot waitlist program is open to all adults who reside in Texas. To better serve vulnerable populations, priority will be given to individuals who are 65 years and older. The waitlist is available for people to sign-up starting today, Wednesday, April 14th.

Residents who would like to sign-up for this waitlist can register online in English at sanantonio.gov/waitlist and in Spanish at sanantonio.gov/listadeespera. Residents may also call 311 and select option 8 or 210-207-6000 to speak with an operator to assist them. The hotline hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days a week. The information provided by residents will then be entered into a secure data base which is only accessed by vaccine providers. At this time University Health, UT Health San Antonio, Metro Health, and WellMed are some of the current providers participating in this pilot waitlist program.  

After registering, residents will receive a confirmation reply if they included their email that confirms their placement on the waitlist. A participating local provider will contact the resident by email or phone to schedule their appointment. 

Until vaccines become more readily available, it is possible for it to take several weeks to get an appointment. Many other providers: including pharmacies, medical practices and others are also still operating their own online appointment systems and will continue to do so. Residents who want to be vaccinated should continue to look for available vaccine at those providers. 

For more information, please visit covid19.sanantonio.gov   

FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS

  1. Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
  2. Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
  3. Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  4. Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov
  5. Text Vaccine or Vacuna to 55000 to receive text notifications

Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available here.

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Applications open for positions on the Small Business Advisory Commission

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Applications are open for the Small Business Advisory Commission and can be found online using the City’s web-based application for boards and commissions at: https://webapp9.sanantonio.gov/BoardCommApplication/vacanciesApply by April 21 for priority review­­­­­­­­­­­­­.  


The mission of the Small Business Advisory Commission is to review upcoming policies, regulations and issues affecting small businesses, outside of the SBEDA Ordinance, and provide recommendations to City staff, Mayor and City Council.

The newly established Small Business Advisory Commission will consist of 15-members, of which 11 positions will be Mayor and Council District specific appointments and four positions appointed at-large. The 15-Member Commission will consist of at least one small business member/organization residing and/or operating within each of the ten (10) Council Districts; and a diverse representation of the small business and non-profit community who demonstrate the following desired technical expertise, identities, and perspectives:

  • 2 small business professional and/or trade organizations
  • 2 non-profit small business service provider organizations
  • 4 small business owners with less than 10 employees
  • 4 small business owners with 10-50 employees
  • 3 small business owners representing the City’s targeted industries

To learn more about the Small Business Advisory Commission, visit the City of San Antonio’s website. For more information about the open positions, contact Melinda L. Uriegas, Assistant City Clerk, at (210) 207-7255 or (210) 207-7254. 

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