Inside Operations at East Texas Vaccine Hub – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The logistical feat of getting the masses vaccinated and only weeks left to turn to the experts.
Dr. Glenn Barnes is a former Green Beret officer in the U.S. Army who is now developing guidelines for the state’s Infectious Disease Response Department.
He happened to be teaching at UT Tyler when they received news that a mass vaccination site was being prepared.
“The ability to move people and supplies is a pretty basic process. Given the military experience and lessons already developed for FEMA and natural disasters, it was easy to combine them and innovate for what we need.” “said Dr. Barnes.
Would you like to be put on a waiting list for vaccines?
As the state begins distributing the COVID-19 vaccines to those in Phase 1A and 1B, the county’s health departments created waiting lists for those who would like to be vaccinated.
You can now register to get vaccination in Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. Links are below:
Waiting list links: Collin – Search waiting list | Dallas | Denton | Tarrant
You do not need to be in the county to register for COVID-19 vaccination in that county. Registration is open to anyone in Texas. Tarrant County also accepts registrations by phone at 817-248-6299 for those without Internet access. In Dallas County, call the DCHHS vaccine hotline at 1-855-IMMUNE9 (1-855-466-8639). Call Denton County 940-349-2585.
He and his team used FEMA’s methods of distributing food, blankets, and water in the event of a disaster, and turned the Harvey Hall Convention Center in Tyler into an outdoor and indoor vaccination area.
They secured supplies from gloves to trash cans and immersed themselves in the UT Tyler School of Nursing for volunteers to help with the vaccination.
“We had run dry runs and samples to make sure everything was taken into account so that when it actually came time to get it, the vaccine was just a variable we hooked up,” Barnes said.
In the first week of the state’s vaccine launch, they were able to vaccinate thousands and eager North Texans like Amy Jain of Frisco were made aware of this.
“It was worth getting in the car and driving,” Jain said of the two-hour drive to Tyler, where she got her second dose on Tuesday.
“Two hours in the car wasn’t terrible. It was easy for me. It was important for me to be able to do that,” said Jain.
Barnes is now writing a “playbook” for vaccine centers to help other organizations with their facility efforts and ultimately achieve the larger goal of beating COVID-19.
“The bottom line is that we need to get these vaccines out to the people. If we can help other people, it’s only for everyone’s benefit,” said Barnes.
Residents from several areas of Texas including Dallas, Plano, Rowlett, Garland, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, and Frisco have signed up and received a COVID-19 vaccine from NET’s DSHS COVID-19 Vaccination Center Health received Tyler.
* Map locations are approximate, central locations for the city and are not intended to indicate where infected people actually live.
** County totals listed below include all 32 counties in North Texas, not just Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant.
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