Denton County seeks volunteers as health officials ramp up vaccination efforts

Cars line up Jan. 22 for a county vaccine clinic at First Baptist Church of Lewisville. (Ally Crutcher/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cars line up Jan. 22 for a county vaccine clinic at First Baptist Church of Lewisville. (Ally Crutcher/Community Impact Newspaper)

Cars line up Jan. 22 for a county vaccine clinic at First Baptist Church of Lewisville. (Ally Crutcher/Community Impact Newspaper)

Denton County is seeking volunteers—including people with and without medical backgrounds—to assist with vaccine administration as officials look to scale up their inoculation efforts in the coming weeks.

The county’s health department has received more than 20,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines and has administered more than half of them, county officials said Jan. 26. These numbers include 6,000 doses administered Jan. 22 at a vaccine clinic at First Baptist Church of Lewisville.

The Lewisville event was Denton County Public Health’s largest vaccine clinic to date. It was put on by a combination of paid staff and volunteers, county Judge Andy Eads said.

Residents can sign up to volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps at the county website.

The early vaccination efforts continue as more than 170,000 people have added themselves to the county’s vaccine waitlist, Eads said.


"We’re not where we want to be, but it’s getting better," Director of Public Health Matt Richardson told county commissioners Jan. 26.

Roughly four vaccine doses have been administered for every 100 Denton County residents age 16 and older, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. This vaccine administration rate ranks 211th out of the 254 Texas counties. Some individuals have already received multiple doses of the vaccine.

The vaccine campaign continues as the population of COVID-19 patients in Denton County remains high but continues to trend downward.

Explore the latest hospitalization trends in the chart below.


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