7 more coronavirus vaccination hubs added in Dallas-Fort Worth as state distributes more doses – The Dallas Morning News

The number of coronavirus vaccination hubs across Texas will nearly triple this week as the state distributes about 70% more doses than it did one week ago.

In North Texas, the number of hubs will grow from six to 13 — including four in Collin County, where the county judge said last week that the number of vaccines that had been received wasn’t acceptable.

Across the state, there will be 77 vaccination hubs, an increase from 28 last week. In Dallas County, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and the Garland Health Department have been added. The Arlington Fire Department has been newly designated as a hub in Tarrant County.

Statewide, an additional 183 providers also will receive doses.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has said the hub system is intended to streamline the vaccination process by concentrating the allocated doses into a smaller number of locations.

The agencies designated as hubs are offering vaccinations to phases 1A and 1B of the state’s priority list — front-line health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, people older than 65 and people with a chronic medical condition — but are able to focus their efforts on subgroups within those tiers, such as people older than 75.

Texas is set to receive 333,650 first doses of vaccine this week, up from 197,125 last week. Dallas County will receive 36,925 of those doses, Tarrant County will get 29,525, Collin County will receive 6,975, and Denton County will get 6,100.

The state health agency said it also is ordering about 500,000 doses intended as second shots for people who have already received one dose.

Last week Texas became the first state in the nation to administer more than 1 million doses of the vaccine, hitting the milestone exactly one month after the first dose arrived in the state.

Among the 20 states where the most doses have been distributed, Texas tops the list for the percentage of doses administered, Gov. Greg Abbott said in a written statement last week.

“Texas is leading the way for our nation once again,” he said. “This is the biggest vaccination effort we have ever undertaken, and it would not be possible without the dedication and tireless efforts of our health care workers. We still have a long road ahead of us, but Texans continue to prove that we are up to this challenge.”

Texas expects the number of doses available to increase further in the coming weeks.

In North Texas, several providers have set up registration sites where people can indicate they are eligible and want a vaccine. The state health department has provided links to each vaccination hub provider’s website.

The state lists the following North Texas hubs and how many doses of vaccine they’ll have available this week:

Dallas County

  • Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas — 4,875
  • Dallas County Health and Human Services — 9,000
  • Garland Health Department — 1,000
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital — 10,725
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center — 10,725

Tarrant County

  • Arlington Fire Department — 5,000
  • Tarrant County Public Health — 9,000
  • Texas Health Resources — 9,750

Collin County

  • Allen Fire Department — 2,000
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Plano — 975
  • Collin County Healthcare Services — 2,000
  • McKinney Fire Department — 2,000

Denton County

  • Denton County Public Health — 6,000
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