DALLAS (TBEN) – COVID-19 vaccination efforts in North Texas are getting back on track after winter storms last week forced them to cancel their appointments.
“We’re trying to catch up as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Matt Richardson, Denton County director of public health.
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Dr Richardson says the good news is it doesn’t matter if people don’t get their second dose on the exact day they are eligible.
“It’s normal for that second dose to be delayed by a few days, or even a few weeks, according to the CDC,” he said. “And this week we’re back.”
Denton County opens its hub at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, February 24, but all three days will be reserved for second doses.
“So we’re hoping that by the end of the week, if not the start of next week, we will be caught up in Denton County on second eligible doses,” said Dr. Richardson.
Tarrant County Public Health is already catching up, holding clinics this weekend to administer the second dose to people whose appointments have been canceled by the weather.
Dallas County resumed efforts at Fair Park on Sunday and Monday, but Tuesday’s vaccinations are being canceled because doses did not arrive Monday.
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Dallas and Tarrant counties say second doses are all they can give this week because the state has reduced their allowances for first doses.
“The governor deflected 42,000 shots per week from Dallas and Tarrant combined,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.
That’s what Federal teams are bringing this week to open super-site operations at Fair Park in Dallas and Globe Life Field in Arlington.
“In the end, we were told that our weekly allocations would not suffer from the deal we were in the process of making to help the federal government prepare and bring an additional vaccine to the region,” said the Judge Glen Whitley of Tarrant County.
Whitley says that’s not what happened, and if the state doesn’t increase her weekly allowance, clinics in the county will be forced to close.
“All of these people will have to find a way to get to AT&T or Globe Life Field, so it will be a huge inconvenience for many of our citizens,” he said.
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FEMA plans to start vaccinations at Fair Park on Wednesday and Globe Life Field on Friday.