The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is bringing people to vaccination sites.
Dallas County health director Philip Huang said the county is seeing an increase in demand for vaccines and is prepared to meet that demand. Previously, the county scaled down because demand had dropped so much, he said. For example, the Fair Park vaccination site is open just one day a week.
The county will offer two pop-ups this weekend — with $25 gift cards for those who get vaccinated.
Here are the options for people who want to get a vaccine or booster shot:
Vaccination options in Dallas County
Vaccines.gov shows that North Texas residents can find vaccination appointments at places like CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Kroger and Tom Thumb Pharmacy.
A Walgreens spokesperson told The News that it offers COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters in its more than 9,000 store locations and operates more than 7,200 COVID-19 testing locations in the U.S. At least 10 locations in the Dallas metro area offer vaccinations, they said.
Demand for both services is seeing “unprecedented demand,” so patients should make vaccination appointments online or through the Walgreens app for the best experience, they said.
For Walgreens, the soonest a first dose vaccination appointment was available within 25 miles of Dallas was Tuesday, Jan. 4.
A CVS Health spokesperson said the company had administered more than 41 million COVID-19 tests and 50 million COVID-19 vaccines.
The company encourages patients to make a vaccination appointment ahead of time at CVS.com, on the CVS app or at MinuteClinic.com, to identify locations with the vaccine type they are looking for and schedule a convenient time and location up to two weeks in advance, the spokesperson said.
Same-day or walk-in vaccination appointments may be possible but are subject to local demand, the spokesperson said.
For CVS, the nearest available date for a first vaccination dose within 25 miles of Dallas was Monday, Jan. 3.
Dallas County Health and Human Services has five immunization clinics in Dallas, Farmers Branch and Irving that are administering first, second and booster doses for adults and first and second doses for children 5 years old and older with parental consent.
The clinics are open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only with Pfizer, Moderna and J&J available at all locations. You can check availability at dallascounty.org/covid-19/vaccine-landing.php.
As of Dec. 30, the soonest available appointment time for a first dose of the vaccine at a Dallas County Health and Human Services clinic was Jan. 2. If you try to book an appointment before then, it says “capacity overflow” and indicates that a special code is required to sign up for an earlier date.
Dallas County Health and Human Services also offers vaccinations at two parking lot sites.
The first is at Dallas College Eastfield Campus in parking lots 8 and 9 from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This location is currently closed through Jan. 3 for the holidays.
The second location is at Fair Park in lot 13 and is open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be open on Jan. 2.
All Dallas County Health and Human Services vaccination sites offer the $25 Walmart gift card incentive while supplies last.
Where to check for vaccine availability in North Texas
Upcoming pop-up vaccine events (no appointment required)
- Jan. 1 at the Walmart Supercenter in Grand Prairie, 2225 W Interstate 20Grand Prairie, TX 75052, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (limited staff at this one so expect a line)
- Jan. 2 at the flea market in Seagoville, 13950 U.S. Hwy 175, Seagoville, 75159, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dallas County Health and Human Services immunization clinic locations (appointment only):
Date/time: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
DCHHS Stemmons Immunization Clinic
2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, #159 (first floor), Dallas 75207
Oak Cliff Branch Immunization Clinic
1113 E. Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 200, Dallas 75203
John West Branch Immunization Clinic
3312 N. Buckner Boulevard, Suite 200, Dallas 75228
Carrollton Farmers Branch Immunization Clinic
2774 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch 75234
Irving Branch Immunization Clinic
440 S. Nursery Road, Irving 75060
Dallas County Health and Human Services parking lot vaccination sites (appointments encouraged)
Location: Lot 13, enter via Gate 13 at 2000 Gaisford St.
Date/time: Open only on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dallas College Eastfield Campus
Location: Dallas College Eastfield Campus, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite 75150
Date/time: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 3 for the holidays)