COVID-19 Testing, Vaccine Information
COVID-19 vaccines are currently being distributed on an eligibility and need basis determined by state authorities. Learn about the vaccines, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- CDC Fact Sheet (PDF)
- FAQs from the CDC
- Eight Things to Know about the Vaccines
- CDC: Vaccine Information for the Public
Dallas County, City of Dallas Partner on First Mega COVID-19 Vaccination Site
The City of Dallas and Dallas County have opened the first mega public COVID-19 vaccination site at Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas. Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) estimates up to 2,000 people will be vaccinated by appointment each day.
The mega vaccination site will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, pending vaccine availability. Vaccinations are available by appointment only.
People who wish to receive the vaccine through DCHHS can register online or call the DCCHS Vaccine Registration Hotline at (469) 749-9900, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Online registrants will receive a confirmation email notifying them that they have successfully preregistered and of next steps.
Currently, only residents in north Texas in Phase 1A or Phase 1B, as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services, can register at this time. As additional supply of the vaccine becomes available, DCHHS will open up the registration form to additional groups, as directed by the state.
To adhere with health and safety protocols, those with an appointment should arrive alone. If assistance is needed to walk-up to the vaccination station, a maximum of one additional person may join. A nose and mouth covering must be worn at all times. Registration is open to Dallas County and non-Dallas County residents in Phase 1A and Phase 1B; residents must provide a photo ID on site, such as a driver’s license, work ID, parish ID, library card, or other form of photo ID. Residents receiving a vaccination should be prepared to wait for a mandatory period of 15 to 30 minutes after the vaccination in order to be observed for any adverse medical reaction.
DCHHS Opens Vaccine Registration Website
On Jan. 2, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) launched a COVID-19 vaccination registration and prescreening site for Dallas County residents in phase 1A or 1B, as outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). While vaccine supply is extremely limited, DCHHS anticipates receiving additional supply in the coming weeks and months. The registration website is for vaccination eligibility only at DCHHS, and not for all providers within Dallas County.
Dallas County residents can visit the DallasCounty.org website to register, be prescreened and received additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine. Registrants will be notified of next steps as additional vaccine becomes available. The registration is for Dallas County residents only who are in phase 1A or phase 1B as defined by DSHS.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
On Dec. 21, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced Phase 1B that will provide a vaccine to high-risk individuals next in the distribution process for the state. This phase has been added to the agency's First Tier distribution process that was approved Dec. 4. DSHS announced individuals who meet the below Phase 1B criteria can receive a vaccination in the coming weeks, dependent on the state's vaccine availability.
- Individuals who are 65 years and older
- Individuals who are 16 years and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at a high risk of contracting COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Solid organ transplantation
- Obesity and sever obesity
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Individuals who meet the Phase 1B criteria are encouraged to speak with their primary care physician or view the additional resources links list below.
The DSHS serves as the lead agency in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution for Texas. In doing so, the state agency appointed experts into the COVID-19 Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) to develop vaccine distribution strategies with the Texas Commissioner of Health for approval. This month, the DSHS approved a vaccine distribution two-tier process shown below.
Additionally, the state's vaccine distribution plans will follow the U.S. government's Operation Warp Speed process, which includes vaccines approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
As of Dec. 4 the DSHS approved a vaccine distribution two-tier process shown below.
|First Tier||Second Tier|
TESTING CRITERIA FOR Free DRIVE-THRU AND WALK-UP LOCATIONS
Texas COVID-19 Testing Sites
Dallas County Drive-Thru Testing Sites
- Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite 75150. Testing is available 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., daily or until the daily testing limit is reached, Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). Dallas County residency verification is required, such as a utility bill or library card.
- Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 South Polk Street, Dallas, 75232. Testing is available 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily or until the daily testing limit is reached, Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday).
Due to limited supply, locations close when daily testing limits are met. Learn more at the Dallas County testing site page.
Dallas County Walk-Up Testing Sites
Walk-up testing hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily or until the daily testing limit is reached, Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday). No appointment is required, and there is no cost for the test.
- West Dallas Multipurpose Center, 2828 Fish Trap Road, Dallas 75212
More Walk-up Testing
No appointment necessary. Open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, or until testing limits reach capacity. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
- Irving Health Center, 1800 N. Britain Road
- Sam Tasby Middle School, 7001 Fair Oaks Avenue, Dallas 75231
- Southeast Dallas Health Center (parking lot), 9202 Elam Road, Dallas 75217
OTHER TESTING SITES
Parkland Hospital offers COVID-19 testing at several of its community-based clinics. Testing at these locations is by appointment only for current Parkland patients who meet the medically necessary criteria with a Parkland physician’s order.
Parkland patients can contact the COVID-19 Patient Line at (214) 590-8060, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily, Monday - Friday.
CVS Health offers COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Texas. Five locations are located in Dallas County.
The new testing sites include these Irving locations:
These new sites will use self-swab tests and will be available to individuals who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment.
Patients will be required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions. A CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.
More information about CVS Health and their testing sites can be found at its COVID-19 resource center.
Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., offers free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at 531 N. Garland Ave. Operating hours will be:
- 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday and Monday
- 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Register online, where you will be prescreened for eligibility. Those eligible will select a testing location and appointment time. Registrants will then receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork to complete. When arriving for a test, have photo ID ready and leave your window rolled up for check-in until a health care practitioner comes to the car to provide the patient with the test.
Walgreens conducts free drive-thru COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Testing is available to those 18 and older who meet the criteria of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state and federal guidelines.
- 1330 N. Belt Line Road, Irving 75061
- 2060 S. Buckner Blvd., Dallas 75217
- 8600 Camp Bowie West Blvd., Fort Worth 76116
Patients are asked to schedule an appointment online prior to visiting the testing location. Walgreens pharmacists will oversee the nasal swab exams. Test results will be communicated to patients within two to three days.
For more information, including scheduling an appointment, visit Walgreens.com/Covid19Testing.
- 9410 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas 75220
- 15757 Coit Road, Dallas 75248
- 951 W. Belt Line Road, DeSoto 75115
- 5302 N Garland Ave., Garland 75040
- 2501 Lakeview Parkway, Rowlett 75088
Sites are open 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Appointments are required. Those interested in being tested must visit DoINeedaCOVID19test.com to see if they are eligible for testing and to make an appointment.
Those being tested will need to wear a mask or cloth covering and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and the self-administered test. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up.
The sites are supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials to test anyone who meets CDC, state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19, as well as those in high-risk groups without symptoms. For questions regarding testing, call (800) 635-8611.