Dallas medics will be among the first city workers to get COVID-19 vaccines
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Several Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics will be receiving COVID-19 vaccines at the Parkland Health and Hospital System on Wednesday. And more city first responders could start vaccinating on Saturday.
50 doses of the Moderna vaccine will be available for paramedics in Parkland, according to an email sent to the city council by Rocky Vaz, Dallas’ emergency director, Tuesday. The city will receive 2,000 doses of the vaccine straight away, which is expected to arrive on Christmas Day.
Federal regulators approved the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last week and were shipped on Sunday. Another vaccine developed by Pfizer is already on the market.
For both vaccines, people must be given two doses – three weeks apart for the Pfizer vaccine and four weeks for Moderna.
Saturday is the earliest Saturday the city expects to distribute the Moderna vaccine to workers after the state health department informs Dallas officials, Vaz wrote.
“We anticipate this initial grant will be followed by additional grants in the coming weeks to vaccinate the remaining first responders in the city of Dallas,” Vaz wrote.
The Dallas city government received approval from the state late last week to be a direct supplier of the COVID-19 vaccines.
City officials have announced that priority will be given to immunizing first responders such as paramedics, firefighters and police. How and where that would happen was not immediately clear on Tuesday afternoon. Dallas Fire-Rescue has 2,095 employees and the police force 3,672.
Mayor Eric Johnson said on Twitter he was “thrilled” that city paramedics would receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
“Our first responders risked a lot to protect us during this difficult year,” he wrote. “Now we can protect them.”