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Fair Park COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Remains Closed Due to Freezing Temperatures

Those who have yet to receive the second dose of the vaccine will be prioritized

Work is underway Monday morning to prepare the Fair Park COVID-19 vaccination clinic for large volumes of people.
NBC 5 News

Due to sub-zero temperatures, the Fair Park vaccination hub will remain closed through Saturday, Feb. 20.

Dallas County is working to give the second dose to residents in the six-week time frame after the first dose that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a release that once the hub reopens, there will be a sufficient supply of the vaccine to ensure those needing their second dose receive it.

As a result, only individuals needing a second dose will be vaccinated until further notice upon reopening.

Those most delayed in receiving their second dose will be prioritized.

Want to Get on a Vaccine Waitlist?

As the state begins to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines for those in Phase 1A and 1B, county health departments have begun waitlists for those wish to be inoculated.

You can now 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.

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 healthcare 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.

On March 3, vaccine availability was expanded to include school and child care workers.

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.

The Texas DSHS advises that the vaccine will not be readily available for the general public until late spring or early summer 2021.

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