Garland opens vaccine hub as state says hospitals "can't take much more"

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

The City of Garland will open a vaccine distribution hub Thursday at Homer Johnson Stadium on Centerville Road. The city says it has received a shipment of 1,000 doses of the vaccine.

The vaccine is only available by appointment and is only available to people in "Phase 1A" and "1B": Healthcare workers, first responders, residents of a long-term care facility, people over 65 or those with a chronic health condition.

While Garland has received 1,000 doses of the vaccine, the city says 17,000 people have registered online. People can register here online. Registration had been open to residents of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, but since the city has been designated a hub, it is now open to all Texas residents.

Also as a hub, the city wrote in a statement, "Garland will receive larger shipments in the future and be able to serve more people."

The city says there are "many licensed providers of the vaccine, and Garland Public Health recommends you register wherever you may be eligible, as well as our list." People who receive the vaccine elsewhere are asked to call (972) 205-3900 or email GPH@GarlandTx.gov to remove their name from the city's list "so that we may move on to vaccinate the next person on our list."

More information about the vaccine and the process is available at GarlandTX.gov/COVIDVaccine.

Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said hospitals across North Texas had 3,873 COVID-19 patients using 23.3% of beds. Hospitals had 1,416 available beds and 74 open ICU beds. Hospitals across the state had 13,870 COVID-19 patients using 20.6% of capacity.

"Texas must avoid an additional surge in cases. Hospitals can't take much more. Fatalities are still increasing," Department of State Health Services tweeted, urging people to avoid crowds, stay home when possible and wear masks "correctly" over the nose and mouth.