Arlington Fire Department to Begin Administering COVID-19 Vaccine Tuesday

Anyone without a confirmation from Tarrant County will be turned away from Arlington vaccination site

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The Arlington Fire Department will be administering 4,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5 through the Tarrant County Health Department.

The vaccines will go to eligible residents and workers who have registered through the Tarrant County Public Health vaccination link.

Once a notification is received, patients can go to the Esports Stadium at 1200 Ballpark Way to receive their first shot. 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.

Last week the fire department was administering vaccines to residents who could register on-site. That process has changed as the fire department transitions to working with the county health department.

"Arlington’s initial intake process is no longer valid as we move towards a single coordination point for all Tarrant County residents," the fire department said in a prepared statement Monday. "The single coordination point is essential from a vaccination management perspective because the mass vaccination effort may last for months.

Anyone without a confirmation from TCPH will be turned away from the vaccination site.

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Arlington Fire Department
Arlington firefighters administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

The hours of operation for the Arlington site will be 9 a.m to 4 p.m. and the days of operation will be determined based on vaccine dose allotment.

Individuals who fall in groups Phase 1A and Phase 1B are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. These are typically first responders, healthcare workers, and individuals over 65 or who have certain chronic medical conditions that place them at a higher risk.

Other entities in Arlington and Tarrant County are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations, including Tarrant County Public Health clinics, JPS clinics and individual pharmacies. For more information on where the COVID-19 vaccine may be available, please visit the Texas Department of Health and Human Services website.

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