When and where can I get a coronavirus vaccine in Texas? | #vacation | #seniors | #elderly
Updated Jan. 2 at 7:22 p.m.: revised to include information about registering for vaccines in Dallas County.
State officials are signaling that more people may begin to get coronavirus vaccines now, but the reality is that doing so will depend on actually finding any available doses.
Over the last two weeks, front-line health care workers in Texas have been receiving the vaccines that are available as part of the state’s Phase 1A distribution.
Beginning this week, pharmacies will take a leading role in distributing the vaccine to long-term care facility residents and staff members. That’s part of the 1A plan, too.
Next comes Phase 1B, which will include people who are 65 and older and people who are 16 and older who have serious health problems.
The Department of State Health Services has indicated the limited vaccine supplies may be available for Phase 1B recipients, but a representative said Monday that Texas probably will be in Phase 1A for several weeks and vaccine priority will be placed on the people who qualify for that group.
Who’s included in Phase 1B?
According to the department, Phase 1B includes people 65 and older and people 16 and older who have at least one chronic medical condition, including:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Solid-organ transplantation
- Obesity and severe obesity
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
When can I get the vaccine?
Pharmacies and other large providers were asked Thursday to reach out to smaller health care offices to assist with vaccinating Phase 1A workers.
After all the people qualifying for Phase 1A who want vaccines have been served, providers can start distributing to the Phase 1B population. But that supply is limited, officials said.
According to the State Health Service Department website, Phase 1B recipients could start receiving vaccines as early as Monday and into January, as long as there are supplies available and the provider is willing.
Where can I get a vaccine?
The department has a vaccine provider map that lists the providers that received the vaccine.
The map shows where the vaccines were shipped but doesn’t indicate whether providers have vaccines available for the Phase 1B population, a department representative said. Providers already may have used all of their vaccines.
People will need to contact the providers to make appointments to get vaccinated, but because the state remains in Phase 1A, the priority will be on health care workers and residents of long-term facilities.
Furthermore, not all providers are vaccinating the public or people in priority groups, the department said.
Here is a list of some Dallas community clinics, medical practices, hospitals and pharmacies that received the vaccine, according to the state:
- Baylor Scott & White Pharmacy No. 101: 3600 Gaston Ave.
- Baylor University Medical Center Dallas: 3500 Gaston Ave.
- Children’s Medical Center of Dallas: 1935 Medical District Drive
- City Hospital at White Rock: 9440 Poppy Drive
- Dallas Medical Center: 7 Medical Parkway
- Dougherty’s Pharmacy: 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 515
- Hampton Apothecary: 2701 S. Hampton Road, Suite 100
- Healing Hands Ministries: 8515 Greenville Ave., Suite N-112
- HealthCore Physicians Group: 8210 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 230
- Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center: 650 S. Griffin St.
- MD Family Clinic — Hampton: 2815 S. Hampton Road
- MD Family Clinic: 9709 Bruton Road
- MD Family Marsh — Dallas: 9991 Marsh Lane
- MD Kids Pediatrics — Cockrell Hill: 4351 DFW Turnpike, Suite 150
- MD Kids Pediatrics — Dallas: 655 W. Illinois Ave., Suite 916
- MD Kids Pediatrics — Lake Highlands: 8330 Abrams Road
- MD Kids Pediatrics — Oak Cliff: 3434 W. Illinois Ave., Suite 306-3
- MD Progressive Care: 3500 Oak Lawn Ave.
- Medical City Dallas Hospital: 7777 Forest Lane
- Medical City Green Oaks Hospital: 7808 Clodus Fields Drive
- Medical City Heart and Spine Hospitals: 11970 N. Central Expressway
- Methodist Dallas Medical Center: 1441 N. Beckley Ave.
- Neighborcare Clinic: 2261 Singleton Blvd., Suite 101
- North Texas Infectious Diseases Consultants: 9301 North Central Expressway
- North Texas Preferred Health Partners: 3417 Gaston Ave.
- Park Cities Surgery Center: 6901 Snider Plaza
- Parkland Employee Physicians Office: 7920 Elmbrook Drive, Suite 120
- Parkland Hospital: 5200 Harry Hines Blvd.
- Parkland Occupational Health Services: 5201 Harry Hines Blvd.
- Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: 2222 Wellborn St.
- Tom Thumb Pharmacy No. 3296: 2380 N. Field St.
- UT Southwestern Medical Center: 5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Do I have to register with the state to get the vaccine?
No, registration with the state is not required to receive the vaccine.
Tarrant County Public Health requires that a COVID-19 vaccination form is filled out to certify vaccine eligibility. Eligibility is determined by the current priority group, and an email will be sent on eligibility status, the county said on its website.
Dallas County Health and Human Services said there are limited supplies of the vaccine available for Phase 1A and 1B patients. To receive the vaccine from DCHHS, registration is required. The registration form involves a pre-screening to determine eligibility, and registrants will be notified of next steps as soon as a vaccine becomes available. The registration is only available for Phase 1A and 1B patients, the county said.
Do I have to pay for the vaccine?
The vaccine is free, regardless of insurance status, the department says on its website.
When can everyone else get the vaccine?
According to the state’s best estimate, vaccines will be widely available in the spring, but the timetable may change depending on the pace of vaccine production.