The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is being coordinated by the Texas State Department of Health Services (DSHS). DSHS has outlined a plan for vaccine distribution on their website. Texas currently is in Phase 1 of the distribution plan. This phase outlines vaccine distribution for pharmacies, doctors, long-term care facilities, and first responders. During Phase 1, vaccines are being provided first to health care workers, first responders, and residents of long-term care facilities (Phase 1A). As they become available, vaccines are to be provided to people age 65 and older and people 16 years of age with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the Coronavirus (Phase 1B).
Tarrant County Public Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Registration (open to Ellis County residents in groups 1A and 1B)
Dallas County COVID-19 Vaccine Registration (no residency requirement for people in groups 1A and 1B)
Each week, the state releases the list of all providers in Texas receiving vaccine. Providers are setting priorities for vaccinations based on the state’s guidelines. Before calling the provider to check on availability, check the provider’s website. Many providers give vaccine availability information on their websites and are also in the process of implementing registration systems.
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Providers require no documentation of eligibility at vaccine appointment.
Residency is not required to receive a vaccine from the pharmacies and health care providers on the list.
Residency may be required by county health departments providing the vaccine.
Providers may charge for the vaccine. Health insurance plans may cover the cost of the vaccine, so bring insurance information.
Both the COVID‑19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna require two shots to be effective. Both doses need to be from the same manufacturer, spaced 21 or 28 days apart. Full protection from the vaccine usually occurs 1–2 weeks after getting the second dose.