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A World War II survivor, a retired commercial airplane pilot and hotel manager are among the first North Texans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at Dallas County’s first mega-site on Monday.
The Fair Park site, a partnership between the city and Dallas County, aims to vaccinate up to 2,000 people a day, depending on supply. The site opened when the state shifted its focus from smaller distribution sites to “centers”
The site is open to anyone in North Texas. But people need to register online to get the vaccine, which is still in limited quantities. On Monday, people received the first of two doses needed for the vaccine to be effective against the coronavirus.
In Texas, first-line health workers, people over the age of 65 or who have serious health problems are eligible for vaccination. However, the uneven launch left the Texans confused and desperate to find a shot. Several people in line at Fair Park said they had registered with a number of different pharmacies and agencies.
“This is really the last battle in the battle for COVID-19,” said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, who was present.
Hundreds of people lined up in the cold, tied in winter coats and wrapped in blankets on Monday in front of the Tower building, where they were given the vaccine and watched for allergic reactions. They wore masks and face shields. They said the shot did not hurt.
Davis Mosmayer, 69, was one of the first people in line. He said he hoped to be vaccinated so he could keep his fourth grandchild, who is expected to arrive in March.
“It’s a blessing,” he said. “I just want to be around when my daughter’s second baby comes.”
Fair Park was selected as the county’s first vaccination site after several city council members were concerned about the shortage of vaccine distribution sites under Interstate 30, where the most vulnerable Dallas residents live. Creating fair access to the vaccine is a top priority for the site, officials said.
Much of today’s footage is aimed at people over the age of 75, said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. Dallas County was unable to provide immediate demographic information for those scheduled for Monday’s meeting.