League City's Walter Hall Park closed to become potential mass vaccination site

If the park becomes a hub, it would join two others currently established in the county: One is at the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston, and the other hub is at the Galveston County Health District. The health district will offered the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 65 years of age and older by appointment only after receiving 1,000 additional doses; appointments were filled within hours. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
If the park becomes a hub, it would join two others currently established in the county: One is at the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston, and the other hub is at the Galveston County Health District. The health district will offered the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 65 years of age and older by appointment only after receiving 1,000 additional doses; appointments were filled within hours. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

If the park becomes a hub, it would join two others currently established in the county: One is at the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston, and the other hub is at the Galveston County Health District. The health district will offered the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 65 years of age and older by appointment only after receiving 1,000 additional doses; appointments were filled within hours. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

Editor's note: This story was updated at 6:08 p.m. Jan. 19 to reflect current vaccine appointment availability. Neither Galveston County hub is offering new vaccine appointments to residents as of the evening of Jan. 19.

Walter Hall Park in League City has been closed to the public as the county prepares the park to become a potential mass COVID-19 vaccination site, according to Galveston County social media posts.


The park, located at 807 Hwy. 3 N., closed starting Jan. 19 and will remain closed for the next 60-90 days, according to posts on Facebook and Twitter. The county has 19 other parks, according to its website.

If it becomes a hub, it would join two others currently established in the county: One is at the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston, and the other hub is at the Galveston County Health District, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The health district opened more appointment slots Jan. 19 to vaccinate individuals ages 65 and older, according to a media release from the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce. All appointments to claim one of the additional 1,000 doses sent to GCHD were filled the same day, according to a health district Facebook post.



Any Texas resident interested in receiving email updates on vaccine rollout can sign up on the health district's website. About 3,500 people have been fully vaccinated in the county, with more than 18,000 having received at least one dose, per DSHS data.

The hospital said it will receive 4,000 doses the week of Jan. 18, which will be distributed to high-risk individuals who had appointments canceled due to lack of supply, ABC 13 reported. The hospital will contact those individuals with canceled appointments directly. The shipment was allotted before the hospital had been designated as a hub.

"We've been asked to be able to vaccinate up to 2,000 people per day, and I think we're at that capacity right now,” Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority, told ABC 13 in regard to the UTMB hub’s activity. “We've also been told to expect to be able to vaccinate up to 5,000 people per site, per day, and that is going to take some time to get to that capacity, but we think we can do it.”

Keiser told ABC 13 the hospital expects to use up the vaccines in three to four days once they arrive the week of Jan. 18. During the week of Jan. 11, the hospital had to cancel 6,000 first dose appointments and ran out of vaccines by Jan. 13 after not receiving another shipment at the start of the week, ABC 13 reported.

The hospital will resume scheduling new appointments as soon as it receives sufficient vaccines for first doses, and it will communicate about vaccine hub activities including location and registration process once those arrangements have been finalized, according to UTMB’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.

People with appointments for a second dose are still scheduled to get them, hospital officials told ABC 13.

"We want to make sure that people we already promised the vaccine [to], that they get the vaccine," Keiser told ABC 13.

By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

<

MOST RECENT

Emerging technology and alternative energy sectors could help ease the blow of an oil and gas industry downturn in Houston caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Houston-area economist said. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Greater Houston area could see economic relief from pandemic around mid-2021, economist says

Emerging technology and alternative-energy sectors could help ease the blow of the downturn in Houston's oil and gas industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other national interconnected systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Harris County to begin exploring alternatives to Texas power grid at Feb. 26 meeting

Following the winter storm-induced statewide power outages last week that left thousands of Harris County residents without heat amid freezing temperatures, the Harris County Commissioners Court will begin exploring what it would take for Harris County to leave the state's power grid at its Feb. 26 meeting.

Houston City Council approved a slate of 17 proposed affordable housing developments throughout the city Feb. 24. (Courtesy city of Houston)
Houston City Council approves slate of potential affordable housing developments

Houston City Council approved a slate of 17 proposed affordable housing developments throughout the city Feb. 24.

Every Sunday in May, League City will host public events that include live entertainment, food trucks, games and more. (Courtesy city of League City)
Despite pandemic, League City to host Sunday park events

Every Sunday in May, League City will host public events that include live entertainment, food trucks, games and more.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo
FEMA to administer 126,000 COVID-19 vaccinations at NRG Stadium

The site is one of four FEMA-led vaccination hubs in the country.

In-person education will resume at all Clear Creek ISD campuses Feb. 23, with the exception of two Seabrook schools. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Clear Creek ISD to resume normal operations Feb. 23

Since the city of Seabrook is, as of 2 p.m. Feb. 22, still under a boil water advisory, students at Bay Elementary School and Seabrook Intermediate School will need to await further guidance about whether school is happening in person Feb. 23.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner asked Houston-area residents to contribute to a relief fund to help the community recover from the winter storm. (Screenshot via HTV)
Houstonians asked to pitch into winter storm relief fund

CenterPoint Energy provided a leading gift of $1 million.

Page Rander and Jay Cunningham currently hold the District 4 and 5 seats, respectively, and Jennifer Broddle holds the at large Position A seat. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATED: Here is who is running in Clear Creek ISD’s board of trustees election

A general election will be held May 1 for at large Position A as well as the District 4 and 5 seats.

In a city already struggling to meet the demand for sports fields on which young athletes can practice and compete, the League City location of Big League Dreams will be closed for months. (Courtesy city of League City)
Locals, officials lament closure of Big League Dreams

In a city already struggling to meet the demand for sports fields on which young athletes can practice and compete, the League City location of Big League Dreams will be closed for months.

(Courtesy Three Acres Food Truck Park)
TO-DO LIST: 7 Bay Area events in February and March

Here are local events worth attending over the next month

Learn about Clear Lake City, February's featured neighborhood

Clear Lake City is made up of unique homes, some renovated, within walking distance from Whitcomb Elementary School and a few minutes’ drive from other amenities such as restaurants, Space Center Houston and the Baybrook Mall.