Mega vaccination sites to be set up in Houston, Dallas area

HOUSTON (AP) – Three mega-locations for coronavirus vaccine delivery will be set up in stadiums and at an exhibition center in Houston and the Dallas area later this month, federal and state officials said Wednesday.

In Houston, the vaccination station is in the NRG Stadium, where the Texans play the NFL. In Dallas, it will be set up in Fair Park, where the Texas State Fair takes place. In Arlington, officials will establish a location at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Last week, the NFL announced to the federal government that it would be making all of its stadiums available as COVID-19 vaccination sites.

The three locations, which are being set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with local and state officials, are expected to open on February 24th.

“These mass communities will allow us to expand access to COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved communities and contain the spread of the virus,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “Thank you to our partners at FEMA for working with the state of Texas to set up these vaccination sites and help us protect our most vulnerable people.”

State officials say FEMA will supply the vaccine, which means the dosages are expected to be above the vaccine grants that Texas is already receiving each week.

White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday that the three locations will be able to fire 10,000 shots a day between them.

Zients adds that the Biden administration plans to open similar locations in additional states in the coming weeks.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he was grateful for the new website and officials would work together “to iron out the details, including registration and access.”

“We need to work together to vaccinate as many people as possible in a targeted manner to include a diverse population,” said Turner.

In Texas, more than 5.2 million vaccine doses have been given, with more than 2.5 million people receiving at least one dose. Currently, frontline health workers, as well as those 65 and over and those with serious health problems, are receiving the vaccine in the state.

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