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WestCare Texas hosts another great community event on the Eastside

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San Antonio, Texas – November 18, 2020 – WestCare Texas hosts “COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Drive, Flu Shot Clinic, and Pre-Thanksgiving Hot Meal Distribution” to fight health disparities on the Eastside.  This event will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 9a-5pm at Ella Austin Community Center, located at 1023 N. Pine Street.

This event is the first of its kind in our community to offer a Mobile Blood and Plasma Donation Center by the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, a Drive-Thru Pop-Up Flu Vaccination Clinic by Amerigroup, Pre-Thanksgiving Meals by Ella Austin Community Center and HEB, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) by a Alamo Distilling Company and MEDwheels, and other health related resources by various community organizations all designed to save lives, prevent the Flu, and assist families experiencing food insecurity and other health disparities.

In order to expand their efforts to recruit qualified CCP donors, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will bring blood and plasma donation busses out to the community to engage community members at a grass-roots level in a life-saving plea for community members, who have recovered from COVID-19, to donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP). 

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 CCP for COVID-19 treatment.  Currently, blood and convalescent plasma are in critically short supply locally, and what has been collected, is not enough to adequately serve patients throughout the region.

With flu season beginning this month, overlapping with an increase of COVID-19 cases in the United States, getting a flu shot this year may be more important ever.  It’s likely that flu viruses will increase the burden on our U.S. health care system already overwhelmed by COVID-19.  Getting a flu shot can help prevent those visits — and thereby prevent the co-mingling of flu patients and COVID-19 patients, who can infect each other and spread their viruses to other emergency room  patients.

WestCare Texas has also partnered with Amerigroup, to provide a Drive-Thru Pop-Up Flu Vaccination Clinic to provide no-cost Flu shots to anyone in the community, age 7 or older. 

The Eastside community has long struggled with socioeconomic hardships, health disparities, and a lack of access to quality healthcare.  Much like other communities of color, it’s the Hispanic/Latino and African American populations that have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic.  According to the City of San Antonio COVID-19 data on the percentage of Deaths by Race/ethnicity, 71.2% of all COVID-19 deaths are among Hispanic/Latinos and African Americans.

“We really want to help the people who have been hurt the most by this pandemic,” 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 contract the coronavirus.”

Visa Gift card incentives will be provided to anyone donating convalescent plasma at the event on November 18.   Anyone wanting to sign up for blood and plasma donations, must do so by appointment only.  You must contact the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center in advance to complete the pre-screening and registration process at: COVID19@southtexasblood.org or by calling them at (210) 731-2719.

For further details please contact:

Beverly Watts Davis
Chief Officer for Program Support and Resource Development
WestCare/WestCare Texas
Tel: 210-224-2351 ext. 160
Beverly.watts@westcare.com

About WestCare
WestCare, whose mission is “Uplifting of the Human Spirit,” was founded 40 years ago.  Since its inception, it has grown to more than 100 locations in 16 U.S. states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands headquartered in Guam.  The non-profit organization has a variety of health, human service, and capacity-building programs in the communities it serves that address the unique needs of that community.  

For more information on the WestCare Foundation and its mission, visit www.WestCare.com.

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Becoming A BIG Volunteer

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The Black Advisory Council of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Texas is looking to recruit men and women who don’t mind sharing their time, professions, and experience to mentor and empower youth to maximize their efforts and make a positive impact in their communities, schools, current lives, and the future.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas is a non-profit that create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. If you’re 18 years or older, willing to give back to our youth growing up without the support or guidance to be successful and ready to have the power to change a child’s future for the better, go to https://www.bigmentor.org/become-a-big/  to sign up as a “BIG” volunteer or contact Gable Crowder at 1-210-225-6322 ext.115 growder@bigmentor.org

If you can’t be a BIG volunteer at this time you still have an opportunity to make an impact. HELP RAISE SOME GREEN AND GET YOUR CAR SQUEAKY CLEAN! This summer, come get your car washed while supporting a great cause! Car Wash for Kid’s Sake is a SAFE and fun way to support youth in San Antonio from the comfort of your own car! There will also be entertainment and food for sale. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more information visit https://bbbssouthtexas.rallybound.org/2021-car-wash-for-kids-sake/.

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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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