The Dallas Mavericks are partnering with UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas to raise vaccine awareness, and lower vaccine hesitancy and uncertainty using education with the new "Take the Shot" program.
The program is an extension of the initiative the Dallas team began called the Mavs Assisting Vaccine Support (M.A.V.S.).
The main goal is to get North Texans to raise awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine and get residents educated and vaccinated.
In addition, M.A.V.S. focuses on filling volunteer positions at registration and distribution sites and gifting grants to nonprofit organizations supporting vaccine efforts using the Mavs Foundation's COVID Relief Fund.
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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:
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.
In Texas, the COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to anyone over the age of 12. The vaccines are still not approved for children younger than 12 however -- those trials are ongoing.
Once vaccinated, people who received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines 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. For those who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine -- there is only one shot needed. Even when fully vaccinated, it's still possible to become infected by the virus since none of the vaccines offer 100% protection from infection. With that in mind, even if you've been vaccinated it's still a good idea to wear a mask and keep some separation between strangers or those whose vaccination status is unclear.