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How Winter Weather is Impacting COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

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Update: As the weather changes, be sure to come back and refresh this page for the latest updates from county health departments.

County health departments across North Texas say they are monitoring frigid temperatures and possible wintry precipitation forecast in the coming days and will provide updates on how the weather may impact COVID-19 vaccinations.

NBC 5 's Weather Experts are forecasting chances for freezing rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with another chance of winter precipitation possible Thursday. By Sunday, North Texas could see temperatures dip to the lowest levels in three years.

With this in mind, NBC 5 is reaching out to county health officials for updates on their plans to take appointments for vaccination clinics. Below are their responses.

Dallas County

Cold and wet weather has forced Dallas County to roll back plans to transition its Fair Park COVID-19 vaccination site to a drive-thru clinic, officials said Tuesday morning. The clinic is moving indoors and further details on when the drive-thru clinic will reopen will be announced at a later time.

The City of Garland said Tuesday's vaccination site will continue as planned with 1,000 doses to be administered. Garland's location will not reopen later this week because its entire allotment of the vaccine will be administered Tuesday.

Denton County

Denton County Public Health canceled Thursday's second dose vaccine clinic due to anticipated icy conditions.

DCPH said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that appointments for Thursday had not yet been set and that those who expected to receive their second dose on Thursday will be scheduled for Friday afternoon.

DCPH said appointments will be sent Wednesday evening via email and text message to those individuals awaiting their second dose from DCPH as well as those next in the Vaccine Interest Portal waitlist for first dose scheduling.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County Public Health expects to open our vaccine clinics on our normal schedule this week despite the cold weather. People are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather," a spokesman said. "People with second dose appointments are highly encouraged to come on their appointment date as called.”

Collin County

NBC 5 has reached out to Collin County Health Care Services for an update and will update this article when we learn more.

Collin County Health Care Services on Tuesday announced it was temporarily suspending new COVID-19 vaccine sign ups while it works through its current waitlist for people in Phases 1A and 1B.

The county said it encouraged people to check with as many vaccine providers as possible while the county catches up on its waitlist.

Want to Get on a Vaccine Waitlist?

County health departments have launched waitlists for adults 16 years old and over.

You can register to recieve the vaccination in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. Links are below:

Waitlist Links: Collin - Search Waitlist | Dallas | Denton | Tarrant

You do not need to be a resident of the county to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in that county -- registration is open to anyone in Texas. For those without internet access, Tarrant County is also taking registrations by phone at 817-248-6299. In Dallas County, call the DCHHS vaccine hotline at 1-855-IMMUNE9 (1-855-466-8639). In Denton County, call 940-349-2585.

For a more detailed breakdown of who is included in each priority group in Texas, see this page from the Texas DSHS.

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