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COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccine


Fair Park Vaccine Operations
FIRST DOSE: open Monday through Saturday – from 8am to 5pm. Enter through GATE 2 for FIRST DOSE appointment.
SECOND DOSE: open Monday through Thursday- from 9am to 5pm. (Not open Friday or Saturday) Enter through GATE 10 for SECOND DOSE.

FAQ's on Fair Park Drive-Thru and Second Doses

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Fair Park - 3809 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210
For FEMA First Doses: Look for signs for “Gate 2” for entrance to vaccination drive-thru.
For Dallas County Second Doses: Look for signs for “Gate 10” for entrance to vaccination drive-thru.

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COVID-19 Vaccination

Dallas County is currently scheduling appointments for individuals who are 55+ with certain underlying conditions.

 

 

How to register for a vaccination?

The supply of the COVID-19 vaccine remains limited at this time. Currently, only individuals in 1A and 1B are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time according to the State of Texas. A full description of 1A and 1B eligibility is listed below.

In preparation for the receipt of future vaccine, DCHHS is opening registration to all individuals regardless of what eligibility criteria they fall within. Please note that if you are not in the 1A or 1B eligibility categories, the time between your registration and you receiving an appointment could be several weeks or months. We appreciate your patience.  

Dallas County is distributing the Moderna vaccine at this time, which is only available to individuals 18 and older; however, other State of Texas vaccine hubs that partner on our registration waitlist are distributing the Pfizer vaccine, which is for individuals age 16 and older.

Each entity that is distributing the vaccine may approach this process differently, so if you plan to receive your vaccine from a hospital, pharmacy or doctor, it will be a different registration process.

Register Online:

Register by Phone:

  • 1-855-IMMUNE9 (855-466-8639)
  • The hours are 7am - 7pm, 7 days a week.
  • There will be call takers available to register people in English and Spanish.

What happens after I register for the vaccine?

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Vaccine Journey - EN
 

Dallas County provides a list of eligible registrants to various State vaccine hub providers. You may be contacted by one of the other State hubs to schedule your vaccine appointment, based on vaccine eligibility and supply. Each of those entities uses their own system to schedule appointments. For example, if you receive notice to schedule an appointment by the City of Dallas, they have their own scheduling system that is separate and unique from Dallas County’s. Most entities are scheduling appointments and are not taking walk-ups. If you are not contacted directly by one of these entities, and instead you receive a link from a friend or family member, you likely do not have a valid appointment and will not be given a shot.

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.

For questions about appointments at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, you can review the City’s Frequently Asked Questions or contact the City of Dallas at VaccineAppointment@dallascityhall.com.

How do I get my second dose?

Second Dose Appointment If you received your first COVID-19 vaccine dose at DCHHS or Fair Park, you do not need to re-register or schedule an appointment to get your second dose. You received a vaccination card when you got your first dose that included the date you need to come back for your second dose.

Unless you hear otherwise, you should come to Fair Park on the date indicated on your vaccine card around the same time of day that you received your first dose. You will need to bring your vaccine card and show it to the security at the gate.

Who chooses who gets vaccinated first?

Many people want to be at the front of the line when it comes time to receive the vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has met and issued guidance on who should receive the vaccine first. Similarly, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has a committee to direct how the vaccine should be distributed in Texas. At this time DSHS has created Phase 1A and 1B. DCHHS is following CDC and state guidelines for the administration of the vaccine. As more vaccine is made available additional groupings will be added until everyone is covered. If you are not sure if you are in Phase 1A or 1B, there is a more detailed definition here:

Phase 1A First Tier

  1. Paid and unpaid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to:
    (a) Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
    (b) Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic and/or rehabilitation services
    (c) Others having direct contact with patients or infectious materials
  2. Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes:
    (a) Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state supported living centers
    (b) Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff
  3. EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport
  4. Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk patients
  5. Residents of long-term care facilities

Phase 1A Second Tier

  1. Staff in outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients. Such as but not limited to:
    (a) Physicians, nurses, and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
    (b) Clinical staff providing diagnostic, laboratory, and/or rehabilitation services
    (c) Non-9-1-1 transport for routine care
    (d) Healthcare workers in corrections and detention facilities
  2. Direct care staff in freestanding emergency medical care facilities and urgent care clinics
  3. Community pharmacy staff who may provide direct services to clients, including vaccination or testing for individuals who may have COVID
  4. Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administration of COVID testing and vaccinations
  5. Last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19. Includes:
    (a) Embalmers and funeral home workers who have direct contact with decedents
    (b) Medical examiners and other medical certifiers who have direct contact with decedents
  6. School nurses who provide health care to students and teachers

Phase 1B

  • People 65 years of age and older 
  • People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
    • Solid organ transplantation
    • Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

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 and Moderna 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?

The initial vaccines being considered, both Pfizer and Moderna, do not contain live virus, which means they cannot give someone COVID-19. Additionally, recipients of the vaccine are not contagious and cannot spread COVID-19.

It is possible for someone to be infected with COVID-19 prior to receiving the vaccine and thus they would be contagious as any other person infected with COVID-19 and could still test positive on a COVID-19 diagnostic PCR, or rapid test. 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
AstraZenecaViral Vector (non-replicating)Two doses 28 days apart

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 16 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.

Where will people go to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Public announcements will be made as soon as the vaccine becomes available. 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.

How many doses of vaccine will I need?

It is important to understand which vaccine you are receiving. The majority of the vaccines will require two doses.

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.