MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – Midland Health will close its second mass vaccination site in the coming days.
MH CEO Russell Meyers made the announcement Tuesday morning saying the Golf Course Road Church of Christ Site will close this week.
He attributes the closure to the loss of Team Rubicon, a group of volunteers, that have been assisting at the vaccination sites for the past six weeks. Meyers says the group will move on to another site and assist another community.
“We have depended on them a great deal for logistical support and as they leave, we will replace them with local volunteers but we are unlikely to have the same numbers and consistency and skill levels they brought,” Meyers said. “So we thought that we would be better off maximizing the use of the volunteers we have on a single site, making that as efficient as we can.”
Doses will be consolidated at the Horseshoe arena site starting March 8.
Despite the closure, there was some good news shared Tuesday morning. Meyers estimated about 30,000 Midlanders have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. On top of that, the COVID-19 census at the hospital and positive cases are dropping in the community.
However, as Spring Break approaches, he warned, now is not the time to let down our guard.
“We are doing well. The numbers are going down, not only here, but nationally. We are getting a lot of vaccine out to people,” Meyers said. “We will cross 50,000 doses delivered probably today which is a pretty amazing number in the short time we’ve been doing this. But, all of those good things shouldn’t overshadow the need for continuing the mitigation strategies, especially during this Spring Break week.”
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