Dallas County entered Phase 1B of vaccine distribution, that’s the dose allocated to high risk individuals, but things didn’t go so smoothly according to a Dallas observer article from January 1st. In it they say:
“The new year begins as the pandemic continues to ravage the region, but North Texans can at least look forward to one good thing in 2021: vaccines. Earlier this week, Texas’ Department of State Health Services announced that people 65 and older or those with chronic medical conditions can get vaccinated, marking the beginning of its distribution plan’s Phase 1B. There was just one problem, though, said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins: The state didn’t provide enough doses.”
Because of these hiccups, Dallas and Tarrant County leaders are making changes to the distribution plan according to a CBS 21 DFW article from January 2nd. In it they say:
“Just days after group 1B was given the go ahead to receive vaccinations, Tarrant County Public Health says they have some changes to make in regards to distribution after long lines developed in Arlington and Fort Worth . . . Since Dec. 23, Tarrant County Public Health has distributed about 5,700 doses: 4,200 were from the Dec. 23 allotment and 1,500 were of the Dec. 30 allotment. But they say, of that number, about 25% were folks who weren’t supposed to be there. They were vaccinated anyway, but say going forward, everyone needs to register and wait for a call.”
It’s reassuring that the Dallas response to the problems with distributions was swift.