Dallas County temporarily opens up COVID-19 vaccine site to anyone 75 or older

On Wednesday, Dallas County temporarily opened its COVID-19 vaccination facility in Fair Park to all North Texans 75 and over to quickly use a small excess of shots.

The decision to open the vaccination site to those without an appointment came after the county began rejecting people under the age of 75 who were not allowed to make appointments but did, said Clay Jenkins of Dallas county.

Jenkins estimated the county had a few hundred shots available by late Wednesday. It was unclear how long the website would stay open to people without an appointment. An appointment will most likely be needed by the weekend, Jenkins said.

Officials have encouraged residents to log on to the county’s website to begin the registration process.

The Fair Park vaccination center is one of three Dallas County state-approved hubs. The Parkland Memorial Hospital & Health System and UTSouthwestern also vaccinate North Texans. All three organizations will operate from the same registry, Jenkins said.

The Fair Park site was chosen to provide easy access to the vaccine for the Black and Latino communities in the county who have historically lived south of Interstate 30. Jenkins said the county is targeting people age 75 and older in hospitals if they become seriously ill from the coronavirus due to the stress they can put.

The crowd that arrived Monday and Tuesday were mostly white and older. But not every person who was vaccinated was over 75 years old. Jenkins said an open web link to the county’s appointments website was shared on social media, allowing people who weren’t allowed to make an appointment. In the future, every person invited to make an appointment will have a special link that no other person can access, he said.

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