DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – COVID-19 vaccination efforts in North Texas are getting again on observe after final week’s winter storms compelled them to cancel appointments.
“We’re making an attempt to catch up as a shortly as we will,” mentioned Dr. Matt Richardson, director of Denton County Public Well being.
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Dr. Richardson says the excellent news is it doesn’t matter if individuals don’t get their second dose on their actual day of eligibility.
“It’s okay for that second dose to be delayed by just a few days – even just a few weeks, based on the CDC,” he mentioned. “And this week, we’re again.”
Denton County is opening up its hub at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Feb. 24, however all three days can be for second doses solely.
“So we’re hoping that by the tip of the week, and even the start of subsequent week, we’re going to be caught up in Denton County on second doses which are eligible,” Dr. Richardson mentioned.
Tarrant County Public Well being is already caught up, operating clinics over the weekend to provide the second dose to individuals whose appointments had been canceled by the climate.
Dallas County resumed its efforts at Honest Park Sunday and Monday, however Tuesday’s vaccinations are cancelled as a result of the doses didn’t arrive on Monday.
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Dallas and Tarrant Counties say second doses are all they’ll be capable of give this week as a result of the state lower their allocations for first doses.
“The governor has diverted 42,000 pictures per week from Dallas and Tarrant mixed,” mentioned Dallas County Decide Clay Jenkins.
That’s how a lot federal groups are bringing on this week to open up tremendous website operations at Honest Park in Dallas and Globe Life Area in Arlington.
“The underside line is we had been instructed our weekly allocations wouldn’t endure on account of the deal we had been making to assist the feds prepare and produce further vaccine into the realm,” mentioned Tarrant County Decide Glen Whitley.
Whitley says that’s not what occurred, and if the state doesn’t improve their weekly allotment, clinics throughout the county can be compelled to close down.
“All these of us must discover a method to get to AT&T or Globe Life Area, so it’s going to be an amazing inconvenience on a lot of our residents,” he mentioned.
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FEMA plans to start vaccinations at Honest Park on Wednesday and at Globe Life Area on Friday.