COVID-19 update: Tarrant County vaccine appointments canceled at last minute

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As of April 7, Tarrant County has administered more than 840,000 vaccine doses since Dec. 14, 2020. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

As of April 7, Tarrant County has administered more than 840,000 vaccine doses since Dec. 14, 2020. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

During Tarrant County's COVID-19 briefing April 13, county commissioners learned that residents scheduled to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at AT&T Stadium that day received last-minute notice that their appointments were canceled. This was in response to the FDA’s pause in administering the vaccine due to potential side effects.

County Judge Glen Whitley asked staff to do everything in their power during this pause to provide earlier notice of future cancellations.

“Let’s don’t wait until tomorrow morning to cancel tomorrow’s appointments,” he said.

Second-dose injections of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines continue to be provided at the stadium. The county has administered more than 840,000 vaccine doses since December, according to the latest update April 7.

Vinny Taneja, director of Tarrant County Public Health, told commissioners April 13 that while COVID-19 infection numbers have been declining since January, they are now plateauing instead of continuing to drop.


“We want it to go down to zero,” he said, but because it is leveling off instead, the county is vulnerable to a surge.

Taneja said getting the vaccine is critical and added that vaccine appointments continue to be available at all locations.

Anyone age 16 and older is eligible in Texas to be vaccinated. Click here for a link to register with the waitlist for Tarrant County vaccinations. Vaccines are by appointment only.

By Kristine Hughes