COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccine


DCHHS Immunization Clinics - Pfizer First and Second Doses

Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Note:  ONLY the Pfizer vaccine is available and BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
(972) 692-2780
DCHHS Stemmons Immunization Clinic
2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, #159 (first floor), Dallas, TX  75207
Oak Cliff Branch Immunization Clinic
1113 E. Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75203
John West Branch Immunization Clinic
3312 N. Buckner Boulevard, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75228
Carrollton Farmers Branch Immunization Clinic
2774 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, TX 75234
Irving Branch Immunization Clinic
440 S. Nursery Road, Irving, TX 75060

Las Clínicas de Vacunación de DCHHS: Pfizer Primera y Segunda Dosis

Lunes a Viernes de 8:30am a 3:30pm
Nota:  SOLO la vacuna Pfizer está disponible y SOLO CON CITA PREVIA
(972) 692-2780
Clínica de Vacunación DCHHS Stemmons
2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, #159 (first floor), Dallas, TX  75207
Clínica de Vacunación Oak Cliff Branch
1113 E. Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75203
Clínica de Vacunación John West Branch
3312 N. Buckner Boulevard, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75228
Clínica de Vacunación Carrollton Farmers Branch
2774 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, TX 75234
Clínica de Vacunación Irving Branch
440 S. Nursery Road, Irving, TX 75060

Now Open - Dallas College Eastfield Campus Location

  • Address: Dallas College Eastfield Campus, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite, TX 75150
  • Tent Location: Parking lots 8 & 9. Enter vaccination site via LaPrada Ave.
  • Vaccine Offered: Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J
  • Date/Time: Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am - 6pm
  • Appointments strongly encouraged and can be made HERE

Ahora Abierto - Ubicación del campus de Eastfield de Dallas College

  • Dirección: Dallas College Eastfield Campus, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite, TX 75150
  • Ubicación de la carpa de vacunación: Estacionamientos 8 y 9. Ingrese al sitio de vacunación por la Avenida LaPrada.
  • Vacuna ofrecida: Pfizer, Moderna y J&J
  • Fecha / Hora: Abierto de Martes a Sábado, de 9am - 6pm
  • Se recomienda encarecidamente concertar citas y se pueden hacer AQUÍ

Find a Vaccine Location Near You

Pharmacies and clinics across Dallas County are administering the COVID-19 vaccine. To find a vaccine location near you, visit https://www.vaccines.gov/.  
If you received your first dose (Moderna or Pfizer) at Fair Park or another location and need a second dose, click here for more information – Second Dose Vaccine Locations.
*Please note the DCHHS Clinics are only administering the Pfizer vaccine.*

Encuentre vacunas contra el COVID-19 cerca de usted

Las farmacias y clínicas a través del condado de Dallas están administrando la vacuna COVID-19. Para encontrar un sitio para vacunarse cerca de usted, visite https://www.vacunas.gov.
Si recibió su primera dosis (Moderna o Pfizer) en Fair Park u otro lugar y necesita una segunda dosis, haga clic aquí para obtener más información  Ubicaciones de la Segunda Dosis de Vacunas.
* Tenga en cuenta que las clínicas de DCHHS solo administran la vacuna Pfizer. *

For Homebound Texans

Homebound Texans can call 844-90-TEXAS (844-908-3927) and select Option 1 to request a state mobile vaccination team to visit their home.  

Para los Tejanos Confinados en Casa

Los texanos confinados a sus hogares pueden llamar al 844-90-TEXAS (844-908-3927) y seleccionar la Opción 1 para solicitar que un equipo de vacunación móvil del estado visite su hogar.

Three DCHHS Immunization Clinics are Now Administering the Pfizer Vaccine - First and Second Doses
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Note: ONLY the Pfizer vaccine is available and BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Carrollton Farmers Branch Immunization Clinic
2774 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Irving Branch Immunization Clinic
440 S. Nursery Road, Irving, TX 75060

For questions about appointments from DCHHS through Luminare or vaccinations at Fair Park, please call the DCHHS COVID Hotline at 972-692-2780 or email CovidVaccine@DallasCounty.org.

COVID-19 Vaccination
 

Who is eligible for a vaccine?

As of Wednesday, May 12, 2021, everyone ages 12 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. We strongly encourage all eligible residents to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations. All vaccines are authorized for people age 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 12 and older. Children under 18 will need a parent or legal guardian to accompany them to the vaccination site to receive their vaccine.

Depending on vaccine supply and allocations, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) may administer the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine. Please check the schedule above to see which vaccine we are offering on any given day.

What are the Vaccination Requirements for Minors?

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to the vaccination site. At the vaccination site, parents and legal guardians will sign a form confirming the child receiving the shot is at least 12 years old and that the parents/legal guardians consent to the child getting the shot.

What documentation do I need to get the vaccine?

You will need to provide a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, work ID, parish ID, library card, or other form of photo ID.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen in order to receive the vaccine?

No. The vaccine is available to anyone who wants it. No questions about citizenship status will be asked.

How do I get my second dose?

Second Dose Appointment

If you received your first COVID-19 vaccine dose through Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), you are eligible for your second dose through DCHHS. We will send you an email and/or text message to schedule an appointment for your second dose. To streamline operations, we are only providing second doses of the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine on certain days. Please check our website for updated information on what days those vaccines are available. You also received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that included the date you need to come back for your second dose. If the date listed is not a date we are offering second doses of that particular vaccine, please come on the next available date that vaccine is available.

Where else can I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

Hundreds of locations across Texas receive weekly vaccine allocations from the state and federal government. A full list can be found here. It is expected that people will be able to get COVID-19 vaccinations from their doctor, local pharmacies, hospitals, and other places that normally provide vaccines for the public once vaccine supply increases.

In North Texas, there are several state vaccination hubs that offer vaccines to anyone regardless of residency. Many have waitlists and registration systems similar to Dallas County’s.

List of State Vaccination Hubs

Additionally, the State of Texas has launched the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler which helps Texans get scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine at clinics hosted by participating Texas public health entities.

Register online at GetTheVaccine.dshs.texas.gov. You will be notified by email or text when and where to get the vaccine. If there’s not an available clinic near you, you will be directed to other places to get your vaccine. Call (833) 832-7067 if you don’t have internet or need help signing up. Call center support is available 7am-7pm, 7 days a week. Spanish language and other translators are available to help callers.

What is the status of the COVID-19 vaccines that are being developed?

There are currently several vaccines under development. The FDA has granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and may choose to give other vaccines the same approval based on the careful review of the safety data. Additional COVID-19 vaccines in development are expected to be available in 2021.

How effective are the approved vaccines?

Two COVID-19 vaccines (produced by Pfizer and Moderna Therapeutics), report being 95 percent effective.

How will we know these COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a known and proven process for the verification of vaccines, and while these COVID-19 vaccines have been made available quickly, no step in the safety and efficacy process was skipped. The FDA issued EUAs for the first COVID-19 vaccines, only after enough scientific data was shown to indicate the vaccines safety and efficacy in a clear and compelling manner.  

The current vaccines, even those with EUAs, continue through a trial phase, where they are tracking their volunteers to learn more about the long-term outcomes of taking the vaccine.

Can the vaccine give you the virus?

None of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, which means they cannot give someone COVID-19. You may experience symptoms after receiving the vaccine. This is a normal response and is a sign that the body is learning to recognize and is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

It is possible for someone to be infected with COVID-19 prior to receiving the vaccine and thus they would be contagious and could still test positive on a COVID-19 diagnostic PCR, or rapid test. It is also possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. An uninfected vaccine recipient however would not test positive on a PCR or rapid test but could test positive on an antibody-based test.

What companies are manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccine, and how are the vaccines different?

Vaccine ManufacturerTechnologyDose & Interval
Pfizerm-RNATwo doses 21 days apart
Moderna Therapeuticsm-RNATwo doses 28 days apart
Johnson & JohnsonViral Vector (non-replicating)Single dose

Will there be enough COVID-19 vaccine for everyone?

Though the initial supply of the COVID-19 vaccine will be limited, additional doses of the vaccine will be available as manufacturing and distribution ramp up. Initial doses are being allocated for critical populations, including health care workers, other essential workers, and people more likely to develop severe disease, like older adults and those with underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guiding Principles and Health Care Workers Definition

Do I need a vaccine if I already had COVID-19?

Yes. The vaccine is recommended for people who previously have been infected with COVID-19. Vaccination of persons with current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from acute illness and they can discontinue isolation. While there is no minimum interval between infection and vaccination, current evidence suggests reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Persons with documented acute SARS-CoV-2 infection in the preceding 90 days may delay vaccination until near the end of this period, if desired.

Can I choose which vaccine I want to take?

Perhaps, when the supply of vaccines from all manufacturers becomes readily available. The vaccines will roll out across the country as they are approved for use by the FDA. Once there are multiple vaccines available, you will be able to inquire with providers to see which vaccine they have on hand, but individual providers may offer or only make one vaccine option available. 

Once people start taking the COVID-19 vaccine, will we need to keep wearing masks and social distancing?

Until a vast majority of the public is inoculated with the vaccine, and more is learned about the immunity produced by the vaccines, people need to continue the current preventative measures to stop the spread of the virus. While the vaccine is the most important tool in controlling the pandemic, it is not a magic bullet that can end the pandemic right away. However as more and more people get the vaccine and/or develop natural immunity, we will get to the point where masks and social distancing are no longer needed.

Can my child get the COVID-19 vaccine?

At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is authorized under the EUA for people aged 12 and older. The Moderna vaccine is authorized under the EUA for people age 18 and older.

Will the COVID-19 vaccines require special handling?

Each vaccine has different storage and preparation requirements. Public Health staff who handle vaccines are trained on storing, handling and preparing them safely to ensure the viability of every vaccine dose.

What will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

The vaccine is free. Operation Warp Speed, a federal program, is paying all the costs associated with vaccinations.

Is getting a COVID-19 vaccine immunization mandatory?

COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary, but we strongly recommend all eligible persons receive the vaccine.

How many doses of vaccine will I need?

It is important to understand which vaccine you are receiving. Both Pfizer and Moderna require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

How long do I have to wait between doses?

Depending on the vaccine you receive, there may be a 21-28 days between the first and second dose. When you receive the first dose, it is important that you wait for the designated time and then get the second dose. The effectiveness of the vaccine is highest when the doses are spaced appropriately. Information will be provided to everyone who receives the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure they receive the correct second dose.

Is there any proof we need to show if we’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine shot?

Those receiving COVID-19 vaccine will have the immunization noted on their official IMMTRAC vaccine record.

What if I lost my COVID-19 vaccination card or need a replacement?

You may obtain an IMMTRAC print out of your COVID vaccination at any of Dallas County Health and Human Services clinics. Monday thru Friday 8am - 4 pm. https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/immunization-hours.php

If you are not able to go in-person, you may request your record through the Department of State Health Services by fax or mail. Additional information about this process is available here: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/immunization-records.aspx