After winter weather forced the closure of major COVID-19 vaccine centers last week, Dallas and Tarrant counties faced another setback as the state announced this week that it would provide vaccines for Dallas County Health and Human Services and Tarrant County Public Sector The dose is reduced to zero. health.
Other hubs in the counties, such as Parkland Hospital in Dallas and Texas Health Hospital in Fort Worth, will still receive large amounts of vaccines.
“Since January, we have been waiting for people to get the vaccine,
So we need them not to mess up the North Texas vaccine. “Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.
The government took this step after the two counties announced a partnership with FEMA.
FEMA will begin this week in Dallas Expo Park and
Life on Earth in Arlington. The two sites will vaccinate 21
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley (Glen Whitley) said that before he agrees to FEMA cooperation, he is certain that the state’s vaccine supply will not be cut.
Whitley said: “This is really disappointing.” “We are doing everything we have said, we just hope that the country will step up its efforts and do what they agreed to do when we agree to become a FEMA site.”
Whitley said the state’s move this week cut 16,000 vaccines from the expected distribution and made them compete for other vaccination sites.
Whitley said late Monday that the Texas Department of Health Resources had agreed to provide 5,000 doses of its vaccine to the health department to help get more vaccines from the county waiting list.
Jenkins said the state’s decision means that the number of people who will be vaccinated this week is at least 9,000 fewer than expected. He said the state’s decision also affected the distribution of vaccination at other vaccination sites in the county.
Jenkins said: “This week, the state’s vaccinations have reached a record level. We are not asking for more than we have received. We are just asking about the vaccines citizens get each week.”
NBC 5 contacted the Texas Department of Health Services and the office of Governor Gregg Abbott to understand this decision and received the following statement from a DSHS spokesperson.
“The vaccines allocated to Dallas and Tarrant counties are roughly the past few weeks, including doses related to FEMA’s efforts. A windfall of more than 84,000 doses was received in three counties alone. The expert vaccine distribution team recommends that more doses be sent to areas in the state that have not received recent vaccinations based on its principle of equal distribution of vaccines across the state. This allows us to distribute vaccines to 230 counties next week, which is the maximum time per week so far.
“Vaccine is distributed once a week, and the amount of vaccine available changes weekly.“
Both Whitley and Jenkins have contacted the health department and the governor’s office to appeal the decision.
Want to join the vaccine waiting list?
As the state began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to patients in stages 1A and 1B, the county health department has begun to make a waiting list of patients who wish to be vaccinated.
You can now register to receive vaccinations in Colin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. The link is as follows:
Waitlist link: Collin-search waiting list | Dallas | Denton | Tarrant
You don’t need to be a resident of the county to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in the county-anyone in Texas can register. For those who do not have access to the Internet, Tarrant County (Tarrant County) also registers by calling 817-248-6299. In Dallas County, please call the DCHHS vaccine hotline 1-855-IMMUNE9 (1-855-466-8639). In Denton County, please call 940-349-2585.