San Antonio: Metro Health Offers Guidance to Celebrate a Safer Thanksgiving

CONTACT: Rudy Arispe
(210) 207-8172

SAN ANTONIO (November 23, 2021) – With vaccinations on the rise and conditions remaining steady, Metro Health is sharing guidance for individuals to celebrate a safer Thanksgiving together. The fight against COVID-19 is ongoing, but by following these safety tips, residents can gather in a safer way.

"Please remember to stay vigilant as you prepare to celebrate the holidays with friends and loved ones," Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. "This means getting vaccinated if you haven't already and taking precautions to minimize your risk of COVID infection, such as wearing a mask regardless of vaccination status if you plan to attend large gatherings."

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff added, "Our community has come a long way since November of last year. Currently, our positivity rate and hospitalizations are low, and we certainly don't want to have a major setback as we did last winter. Please get vaccinated to protect you and others around you."

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Safer Thanksgiving Gathering Tips
  • The best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and celebrate a safer Thanksgiving with your family and friends is to get vaccinated.
  • Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal in an outdoor or well-ventilated area. Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms, don't host or attend a gathering.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you are waiting for your test results, don't host or attend a gathering.
  • It is recommended that everyone wear a mask in crowded public indoor settings around people who may be unvaccinated, regardless of your vaccination status.

Click here for more information about staying safe during the winter holidays.

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Metro Health will now expand booster doses to all Bexar County residents, 18 and older, following recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 19.

The CDC's recommendations for booster shots now include all adults, ages 18 and older, who received a primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna). In addition, the CDC's updated recommendations for groups who should receive a booster shot at least six months after completing their primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series include:
  • People ages, 50 and older
  • Residents ages 18 years and older in long-term care settings

In addition, Metro Health offers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children, ages 5 to 11 years old, at its Alamodome mass vaccination site and vaccine pop-up clinics. No appointment necessary. Parents are eligible for a $100 H-E-B gift card incentive once their child is fully vaccinated.

For a list of vaccine locations, visit or call 311 and select option 8. The Alamodome drive-thru clinic is open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays. COVID vaccines for children, 5 to 11 years old, will also be offered at all pharmacies and retail stores.

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