Tarrant County commissioners continue to discuss ways to ensure homebound residents and those in underserved communities have access to COVID-19 vaccines.
The county has recorded about 252,000 COVID-19 cases and 3,324 deaths since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations are at 3.72% with 159 inpatients, 40 of whom are in intensive care. However, according to a health department report, Tarrant County is in a continuous downward trend, in part due to vaccine distribution.
“There’s more flu in the community than there is COVID right now, and that’s great news,” Health Department Director Vinny Taneja told commissioners at their April 6 meeting.
He expressed concern about the potential effect of the Texas Rangers’ home opener April 5, which drew a crowd of nearly 40,000.
“If we continue to do what we did yesterday, we’re asking for trouble,” he said. “Fun and games. We need to get back to life. We got to support our businesses. We get that. Let’s just not do it in a way where we’re in dire straits again.”
So far, the county has administered 581,842 vaccine doses for COVID-19. With the addition of a vaccination site in Saginaw that opened this week in partnership with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the county now has nine public health partnership vaccination locations.
The county also is working with Tarrant County College and the city of Hurst to open a drive-thru site at the school’s northeast campus. The UNT Health Science Center also has 17 registration events planned.
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.