Frisco taking appointments for vaccine hub at Stonebriar Centre mall

vaccine vials
The city of Frisco is inoculating people at its vaccine hub at Stonebriar Centre mall. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The city of Frisco is inoculating people at its vaccine hub at Stonebriar Centre mall. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Nearly one month after requesting the state’s permission, the city of Frisco’s COVID-19 vaccine hub opened Feb. 2 at Stonebriar Centre mall.

Operations are going smoothly, according to Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland.

“No one person has waited at all,” Piland said. “I would say that [patients are] not here more than ... 17 [to] 20 minutes total.”

This week, the city will inoculate 7,800 people with the Pfizer vaccine.

The operation took three weeks of planning and coordination among several city departments, Piland said.

It also took patience: the city requested to become a hub on Jan. 4. At the Jan. 19 City Council meeting, Piland said the city was prepared to open a hub and could vaccinate people within 24 hours of receiving state approval.

“All we need is an allotment of vaccines,” he said at the Jan. 19 meeting. “If we’re able to get that, which we feel there is a good chance that could happen in the coming weeks ... we’re ready to go and look forward to the opportunity to be able to do that.”

The city of Frisco’s hub is different from other Collin County vaccine hubs: it does not operate off a waitlist like those used by Collin and Denton counties.

Instead, the city books appointments each evening through its website for the following day. Once appointments for the next day are taken, eligible people have to wait until the following evening for more openings.

Piland said the city of Frisco’s hub plan—which he said looked promising for logistical success—might be one reason why the hub received so many vaccines in its first week of operations.

“They started us with 7,800 [doses] right from the very beginning,” Piland said. “So, I guess they trust us.”

He suggested the city’s positive track record with the state might have also played a role.

Piland said the city also has the ability to store the Pfizer vaccine, which must be kept at ultra-low temperatures.

“A lot of people do not have the ability to store the Pfizer [vaccine], and they take Moderna [doses] because they can just be refrigerated. So I think that our ability to take Pfizer, and the state’s need to push Pfizer out means that I think this site will continue to get vaccine,” Piland said.

Under the state of Texas’ distribution guidelines, the first batches of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are reserved for people in groups 1A or 1B. These include health care workers; residents of long-term care facilities; people age 65 or older; or those at least 16 years old who have a chronic medical condition, including pregnancy, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

To book an appointment, visit
By Francesca D' Annunzio
Francesca D'Annunzio covers K-12 and higher education, development, planning and zoning, and transportation in Frisco and McKinney. She attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, where she reported for the Daily Texan and interned for the Austin Chronicle. When she's not reporting, she enjoys spending time outdoors and experimenting in the kitchen.


man in uniform doing salute
Gold Star Families Memorial honoring fallen service members now on display at Frisco Commons Park

A Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is now on display at Frisco Commons Park after a May 13 dedication ceremony.

Located along West Rowlett Creek, Taychas Trail runs from Limestone Quarry Park to Harold Bacchus Community Park and then north to Main Street. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
Frisco completes its part of the Six Cities Trail Connector

“This is a short trail that creates a really big connection, so that’s why it’s so important,” Ricardo Sanchez, Frisco Parks & Recreation senior planner, said.

Parry's Pizzeria & Taphouse is coming to McKinney in June. (Courtesy Parry's Pizzeria & Taphouse)
Parry's Pizzeria coming to McKinney; ax-throwing experience opens in Roanoke and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Sweetwaters is opening a location in Frisco later this summer. (Courtesy Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea)
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea coming to Preston Road in Frisco

The cafe will feature a drive-thru, indoor and outdoor seating and a globally inspired menu with premium coffees, teas, pastries, sandwiches, salads and more.

CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

people in crowd
Frisco ISD renames Memorial Stadium after retiring Athletic Director David Kuykendall

An emotional David Kuykendall said he was at a loss for words at the rare honor.

Language Lab Academy is opening soon in Frisco. (Courtesy Language Lab Academy)
After delay, Language Lab Academy to open in Frisco this May

The academy will offer after-school and prekindergarten language acquisition classes in Spanish, French, American Sign Language and more.

(Courtesy Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine)
New Indian restaurant opens in Frisco; State Farm hiring in Richardson and more DFW news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Plano ISD expects to resume pre-COVID-19 activities this summer and fully return to the classroom in 2021-22. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
See how Dallas-Fort Worth-area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year

Several school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area—including Frisco, Plano, Northwest, Lewisville, McKinney, Grapevine-Colleyville and Carroll ISDs—have made back-to-school plans for the 2021-22 school year regarding face masks, close-contact quarantines and in-person and virtual learning.

(Courtesy Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine)
New Indian restaurant Mughlai now open in west Frisco

Mughlai Express is now open for takeout orders in Frisco.