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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):

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) 749-99008 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:
    • Cancer
    • 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
    • Pregnancy
    • 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 TierSecond Tier
  1. Hospital staff working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for COVID-19.
  2. Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents.
  3. EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport. 
  4. Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk patients. 
  5. Residents of long-term care facilities.
  1. Staff in outpatient care offices.
  2. Staff in freestanding emergency medical care facilities and urgent care clinics. 
  3. Community pharmacy staff.
  4. Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administration of COVID testing and vaccinations. 
  5. Last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19.
  6. School nurses.


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