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Grand Prairie, Irving to Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations at The Theatre at Grand Prairie

Vaccinations provided by appointment only and are scheduled off of Dallas County's waitlist

Grand Prairie and Irving opening up COVID-19 vaccination site at The Theatre at Grand Prairie tomorrow, Feb. 3rd
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The cities of Grand Prairie and Irving are partnering to offer vaccinations at The Theatre at Grand Prairie located on Wednesday.

Vaccinations will be provided by appointment only and scheduled off of the Dallas County Health and Human Services' list of registrations.

The location is co-managed by the cities' Emergency Management teams, and vaccines will be administered by the Irving and Grand Prairie fire departments. The facility expects to be able to administer about 500 doses per day, on an as-needed basis.

Individuals who receive notifications about appointments should print and bring the completed registration form.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccines

In Texas, the COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to anyone over the age of 5. The vaccines are still not approved for children younger than 5 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.

As of Jan. 3, 2022, it is also recommended those who are age 12 and up and who have been fully vaccinated receive a booster as early as five months after their last dose, for a total of three shots. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech is the only U.S. option for children of any age.

As for even younger children, kid-size doses for 5- to 11-year-olds rolled out in November and experts said healthy youngsters should be protected after their second dose for a while. But the FDA also said on Jan. 3, 2022, that if children that young have severely weakened immune systems, they will be allowed a third dose 28 days after their second. That’s the same third-dose timing already recommended for immune-compromised teens and adults.

Pfizer and Moderna are studying their vaccines, in even smaller doses, for children younger than 5.

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.

The cities opened this center to help more residents get vaccinated more quickly.

For specific city resources and more information regarding COVID-19, visit GPTX.org/COVID-19 or CityofIrving.org/COVID19. For additional information on the Texas DSHS Vaccination Plan, visit DSHS.Texas.gov/Coronavirus.

The Theater at Grand Prairie is located at 1001 Performance Place, west of Belt Line Road and north of Interstate 30 next to Lone Star Park.

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