North Texas providers getting back on schedule for vaccine

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

Providers of the COVID-19 vaccine are now working to eliminate a backlog of appointments caused by winter weather last week.

Tarrant County Public Health operates three locations. Two locations, at Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex and Hurst Conference Center, reopened Friday; the third, Tarrant County Resource Connection, opened Saturday.

In Dallas County, Judge Clay Jenkins says the hub at Fair Park had 1,000 doses left at the end of the day Sunday, but he also says the state's shipment for this week would not arrive before the end of the day Monday.

Jenkins said people due for their second shot February 17 or sooner could receive their shot from 10 a.m. to noon Monday or "until we are out of shots."

This week, the Department of State Health Services cut the amount of vaccine sent to Dallas and Tarrant Counties by about half. The difference was expected to be made up by allotments received directly from FEMA.

Dallas County Health and Human Services and the City of Arlington each expected to receive 21,060 doses of the vaccine from FEMA to distribute at Fair Park and AT&T Stadium.

Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said hospitals in North Texas had 1,868 COVID-19 patients using 11.7% of capacity, down from more than 3,000 patients at the beginning of February. Statewide, hospitals had 7,146 COVID-19 patients Sunday, using about 10.8% of capacity, down from 11,002 patients February 1.