Even if the J&J vaccine distribution has been put on hold, Dallas is unlikely to be seriously affected in regard to its vaccination efforts according to a D magazine article from April 13th. In it they say:
“The pause in Johnson and Johnson vaccines won’t significantly impact Dallas County’s path to herd immunity by June, according to the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation.
When six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed severe blood clotting after taking the J&J vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it wanted to pause its use until further research can be done. Six is a remarkably small number: about half a million Texans have received the vaccine and about 7 million nationwide have.”
In fact, the one program that was majorly affected by the halt, the Dallas In-Home Vaccine Program, now has a new launch date according to an NBC 5 DFW article from April 14th. In it they say:
“The City of Dallas is set to launch its program to get homebound residents vaccinated against COVID-19 after a brief postponement.
Though the City of Dallas planned to provide in-home vaccinations to immobile residents using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine starting Tuesday, the program is now taking place next week using Moderna due to the federal pause of the vaccine.
Mayor Eric Johnson tweeted the news on Wednesday, highlighting the idea of giving an opportunity to every Dallas resident to receive the vaccine.”
Even with a few minor setbacks, immunization is still staying on track in Dallas.