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Dallas County's Friday to vaccinate people over 75 on a first-come, first-serve went smoothly
ByHarshal 16 Jan 2021 07:32 AM 53
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Dallas County's first and only day Friday designated to vaccinate people over the age of 75 on a first-come, first serve basis went smoothly.


According to the reports from the county judge, the county will return Saturday to an appointment-only system. The county has now started a hotline for people who need to register by phone.


Efficient lines and cheerful staff made wait for shots at Dallas Fair Park Friday not so bad.

The county opened vaccinations to anyone over 75 and even those without scheduled appointments for FRIDAY ONLY.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Stated that the county will return to appointment-only starting Saturday.

Jenkins said, "We need to include seniors from zip codes with the highest spread."

"It’s not happening with first-come, first-serve."

The first-come, first-serve approach was authorized for Friday after a flaw in the appointment system.

Dallas County Health Director Dr. Philip Huang explained the issue started because people signing up for the vaccine began sharing the appointment link with those who were not in their target group and that’s who was showing up.

Huang stated that those people were sent back home, but resulted in the wastage of vaccines that was due as per the appointment. The county reached out to community leaders in underserved areas letting them know there was an opportunity to get the vaccine. What came next were long lines and lots of finger-pointing.


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