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Dallas County resume appointment-only system at Fair Park COVID-19 vaccination site
ByHarshal 17 Jan 2021 08:01 AM 50
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Thousands of people lined up at Dallas County’s Fair Park COVID-19 vaccination site Saturday morning.


Vaccinations are now returned to appointment-only for people over the age of 75.

Helen Washington went to the site on Friday, but she said the lengthy lines frustrated her. She said, "But we were discouraged when we got here. It was just a madhouse."

"We turned around and went back home."

She went there on Saturday at around 7.30 a.m. Her appointment was at 8:30 a.m."

Friday was the first and only day for non-appointment after a lag in the online appointment system.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said, "The link was shared inappropriately by people outside of Dallas County to their friend network, on Nextdoor, in newsletters, and it led to younger people taking up all the appointments from the 75-pluses that we had targeted."

Now everything is back to appointment only.

Dorothy Miller said, "No, I’m just over 75." "We’ve been here in line since 5:30 a.m."

County officials confirmed that they will return to an appointment-only system for people over the age of 65.

Nest week, they are planning to give 9,000 shots, and there were more than 10,000 people vaccinated this week at the Fair Park site.

Parkland Hospital conducted another vaccine event on Saturday morning, with 1,200 doses for walk-up recipients. The event started at 5 a.m., and the day’s allotment was gone within 45 minutes.


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