Pop-up clinics, added language options to bolster vaccine outreach in Tarrant County

As of April 28, Tarrant County has administered more than 1.13 million vaccine doses since Dec. 14, 2020. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
As of April 28, Tarrant County has administered more than 1.13 million vaccine doses since Dec. 14, 2020. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

As of April 28, Tarrant County has administered more than 1.13 million vaccine doses since Dec. 14, 2020. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth will soon offer pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics to help Tarrant County officials target communities with the largest percentages of eligible but unvaccinated people.

The west side of Keller has been among the top areas served by static vaccine sites run by the UNT Health Science Center and may be one of several locations for future pop-up clinics that would operate for two to five days at a time, a representative told the Tarrant County Commissioners Court on May 4.

During COVID-19 briefings, Commissioner Devan Allen stressed that health officials must continue to find better ways to communicate with residents whose first language is not English.

“This isn’t just because there’s more work that we need to do,” she said. “It’s because it’s a difference between people being able to receive life-saving resources.”

Vinny Taneja, Tarrant County Public Health Department director, said the county’s vaccine appointment website and automated reminder systems are being updated to include Vietnamese as well as Spanish options. Translators for other languages are available by phone for those visiting vaccination sites, he said.


As of April 28, Tarrant County has administered more than 1.13 million vaccine doses. People interested in learning more should visit the county's website here.

By Karin Shaw Anderson