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Brazos County hub to begin drive-thru vaccinations next week

The hub will administer second doses outside and first doses inside.
Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 5:39 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2021 at 6:31 PM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The Brazos County vaccination hub will begin a drive-thru vaccination site next week.

The drive-thru is located in the back parking lot of the Brazos Center. When you arrive, you’ll still check-in and then drive through the outdoor site.

“The ultimate goal of the team here is to administer first and second vaccines simultaneously,” said Tradd Mills, Brazos County Hub Incident Commander. “So if the state would allocate me 10,000 doses, I can run first doses indoors the second dose outdoors, and I am administering twice as many vaccines.”

Once the vaccine is given, you will drive through the site, park in the parking lot, and wait there for about 10 minutes for the observation period. The site will be monitored by volunteer EMS.

Mills says they decided to implement a drive-thru to make sure they can still social distance inside, but also push out as many vaccines as possible.

Brazos County Hub Supervisor Jim Stewart says they set up the second dose site Thursday afternoon, and did a run-through Friday morning.

Stewart says it is exciting to get this part up and running because it could help them get more vaccines allocated to the Brazos Center hub.

“As we exhibit to the people who make the decisions on where the vaccines go, the more vaccines we’re going to get,” said Stewart. “So there are only some places that are able to push them out, so what we are going to do here is every vaccine we get, we’re gonna push out.”

While talking about the run-through, Mills described it as wildly successful as they were able to give out more vaccines in a shorter amount of time.

So far, this hub has been able to give out more than 24,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since opening up one month ago.

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