Dallas County to Introduce QR Codes to Stop LIne-Jumping for COVID Shots
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This weekend, the city of Dallas revealed its attempt to carry out a mass vaccination, and officials subsequently apologized for the chaos that resulted. On Tuesday, when the Dallas County Commissioners Court met for its bi-weekly session, more details of the errors were offered, including an explanation of the hours of waiting and the disapproval of many.
Neighboring communities like Arlington and Denton have run smooth vaccination centers. Today Denton conducted a massive drive through for 10,000 people, dubbed “Chick-Fil-A-Efficiency” by its district judge, according to the WFAA. Arlington pushes thousands through its esports stadium every day, with the entire process taking less than an hour.
What caused the problems on Saturday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center?
“Please do not take this as a negative thing to any of our partners,” Jenkins said during the meeting. “They estimate that 40% of those who showed up used a redirect [online appointment] Shortcut. We have seen the people using redirected links and I don’t want to be too racist but they are mostly white and mostly from specific zip codes. “
A QR code system will be implemented from Wednesday to close this gap. That way, district officials can ensure a fairer vaccine distribution schedule for zip codes across the district.
Jenkins gave the example that if Betty Smith shows up with Mable Johnson’s QR code, Betty won’t get a chance.
“There’s no way to fake yourself and pretend you have an appointment,” Jenkins said. “It was very easy to post a link to your friends and that will change completely later today and tomorrow [Wednesday],” he said.
Jenkins says almost all of the registry’s systems in the county have been violated in some way: “People are very vigilant when trying to get a shot,” adding later that “everyone is trying to cheat”.
The slow and bureaucratic ways of government purchasing were largely to blame. Jenkins explained that when they set out to create a registration system they had to work with an existing contract. This provider upgraded one of its systems, “but there was a bug that was so big that a truck could drive through.”
“So if someone posts their link for a vaccine appointment, they post it on NextDoor,” an example Jenkins used, “it won’t work.”
The number of vaccines the county receives is increasing from week to week. The first shipment in the week of December 14th comprised 27,300 shots. This week the county received 48,000 cans. To date, more than 251,675 people in Dallas County have received a shot.
More than 511,000 people are registered for an appointment.
You can register for a vaccine here. If you have any questions call 469-749-9900. The hotline is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Support is available in English and Spanish.
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