Collin County

Collin County Moving Forward With Plans for COVID-19 Vaccine Mega Center

As of Monday, more than 83,000 people have pre-registered to receive the vaccine in Collin County

Collin County is moving forward with plans to set up COVID-19 vaccine mega distribution centers, but the wait continues for the state to roll out more vaccines.

County commissioners on Monday voted to approve a contract with Curative Medical Associates for setting up mega sites and mobile clinics, according to a news release. Each site will be capable of delivering up to 2,000 doses each day then increase to 6,000 doses per day by the end of the month. The sites will be capable of handling both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Curative Medical Associates is the same company used by the county for large-scale coronavirus testing.

Further details on when the mega-sites will open and where they will be located will be announced once the county receives more vaccine shipments from the state.

Collin County Healthcare Services launched a waitlist Tuesday for qualifying residents who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The website launched at 9:30 a.m. By 6 p.m., a county official said more than 30,000 people had signed up. To register, applicants must certify they are qualified to receive the vaccine.

Tuesday, more than 86,000 people had registered on the county's website to receive their vaccinations yet Collin County was left off the state's list of mass vaccination hubs.

Collin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher says the county has only received 1,000 doses of the vaccine from the state since December, and those have already been administered or scheduled.

"We were frustrated. We didn't quite understand why they left us off the list," said Fletcher.

Tuesday, state and county leaders, including Fletcher, sent a letter to the Texas Department of State Health Services requesting more doses and outlining the county's plan for mass vaccinations.

In its partnership with Curative, the company would pivot from COVID-19 testing to vaccinations which it already performs in Collin County.

Fletcher said she helped develop the plan while she was in quarantine after losing her father-in-law to the virus on Christmas Eve.

"He had so many talents and so many interests. He was a navy veteran and just an incredible person," said Fletcher.

Vaccine mega-center locations being considered include Dr. Pepper Ballpark, Toyota Stadium or McKinney ISD's stadium.

Those who register will be told when and where the sites will open as well as updates from the state's supply.

The vaccine is currently only being administered to those who are part of Phase 1A and 1B, as outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Those in Phase 1A are front-line health care workers or residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1B includes those who are over the age of 65, or those over the age of 16 with a chronic medical condition that puts them at risk for severe illness.

Once vaccinated, people are expected to get some level of protection within a couple of weeks after the first shot, but full protection may not happen until a couple of weeks after the second shot. Even when fully vaccinated, it's still possible to become infected by the virus since the vaccine does not offer 100% protection.

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