Dallas to receive 5,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to administer starting next week
The city of Dallas will receive 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the state and plans to deliver them next week at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center downtown.
Mayor Eric Johnson announced Friday that city officials would be contacting already registered people to get vaccines at Fair Park and making appointments to have them vaccinated via drive-through at the convention center instead.
Direct supplies to the city come nearly two weeks after Dallas County opened its vaccination megasite Fair Park in south Dallas. Johnson asked the state for more doses on Jan. 11 to boost vaccination efforts. He said the city has the capacity to store up to 10,000 cans a week.
“I am excited and ready to make these highly effective, life-saving vaccines available to the public,” Johnson said in a statement. The city stands ready to help the state take its vaccination efforts to the next level. We will do this fairly, efficiently and without political influence. “
The city previously received 2,000 doses and prioritized first aiders. Johnson said the new batch would go to anyone currently eligible to receive the footage.
It wasn’t immediately clear what day the vaccination site should open, but the city plans to run it between 10am and 7pm on weekdays and on a weekend.
Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics will deliver the vaccines.
The city received 2,000 Moderna vaccines from the state on Dec. 28 and administered them the next day to employees driving through a parking garage at the convention center. The city used all cans through January 5th.
There are still more than 3,000 first responders in Dallas who did not get the vaccine from the city. But those in the Phase 1B pool – people 65 and older or adults with chronic illnesses – can get the vaccine through other locations like the one in Fair Park.