In addition to the increased allotment, two new hubs are set to open—one in Frisco and the other at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center in Plano, according to a press release from the county. By next week, the county will have six vaccine hubs that operate by appointment only.
County officials anticipate “significant progress will be made” on vaccinating people on its waitlist, which has surpassed 200,000, according to the release.
The city of Frisco submitted an application Jan. 4 to the state to operate a vaccine clinic for the general public. At the Jan. 19 City Council meeting—while the hub request was still pending state approval—Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland said the city’s hub could be operational within 24 hours once approval is received and the vaccines are delivered.
“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.”
On Jan. 29, the Texas Department of State Health Services approved 7,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be allocated to the city.
Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said he is grateful the city's team can continue its work "to keep the public healthy."
"We've had an internal Vaccine Team in place since the beginning of January, anxiously waiting for a green light," Cheney said in a city news release. "We're looking forward to vaccinating as many folks as possible."
Registration to book appointments at the Frisco site will open Monday, Feb. 1, and will only be available to people in phases 1A and 1 B, the news release said. These include health care workers; people age 65 or older; or those at least 16 years old who have a chronic medical condition, including pregnancy. The city's newsletter Focal Point will notify people when online registration opens for booking appointments. Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.
The city news release did not provide a location for the Frisco vaccination hub.
Plano's new vaccine hub will be run by health care company Texas Health Resources and will also schedule appointments for people in phases 1A or 1B, Media Relations Director Steve Stoler said. The recreation center hub will operate slightly differently than other locations, with those receiving vaccines being require to park and wait before entering the building for the vaccine, he said.
Five of the six hub providers will be using the Collin County vaccine waitlist to determine the order in which people will be scheduled for appointments. The city of Allen uses a separate registration process.
Here is a list of vaccine hubs in Collin County:
- Collin County Health Care Services, located at Plano ISD's John Clark Stadium
- City of Frisco, which will open next week. A location has not yet been announced.
- City of Allen, located at the Allen ISD football stadium. Click here for registration information.
- City of McKinney, located at the McKinney ISD football stadium
- Baylor Scott & White Health, located at its facility in Frisco
- Texas Health Resources, which will open next week at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center in Plano
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include more information about the new Frisco and Plano vaccine hubs.