Collin County launches registration process for COVID-19 vaccines

People age 65 and older are among the groups currently allowed to join a waitlist for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Collin County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
People age 65 and older are among the groups currently allowed to join a waitlist for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Collin County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

People age 65 and older are among the groups currently allowed to join a waitlist for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Collin County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Collin County has created a vaccine wait list for residents who are at higher risk of complications from the coronavirus.

Residents can submit a vaccine request to Collin County Healthcare Services through the county website here. The wait list form contains spaces for contact information as well as the disclosure of any underlying medical conditions patients may have. In a recorded message, Collin County confirmed that the wait list is for all residents, not just those of cities directly involved in a partnership announced Jan. 6 that will pool local resources to assist with vaccine registration and distribution.

Only individuals in Phase 1A or Phase 1B are eligible for the vaccine at this time. 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.

Of the more than 17,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed to Collin County hospitals, pharmacies and health providers, the county received 1,000 doses—roughly 6%.

"We’re by far not the main source of vaccine, nor will we be," Collin County Public Information Officer Tim Wyatt said Jan. 4 via email. "The state’s plan is to spread the distribution around, not at a centralized point."

The county website states all of its available vaccine doses had been administered or scheduled for people in the Phase 1A and 1B categories by Jan. 5.

When and how many additional shipments of vaccines will come to the county is unknown, according to Wyatt. The Texas Department of State Health Services is working to distribute vaccines in a way that will make them more easily accessible in time, he said.

Residents who have not been vaccinated but meet the qualifications for the first phase of distribution are encouraged to find other providers, according to advice given by both Collin and Denton counties.

Those other vaccine providers, largely made up of local health providers and pharmacies, can be located through an interactive map created by the state. However, not all of these locations are vaccinating the public or all of the groups identified in the first phase of vaccination.

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Texas began in December with hospitals. Both the Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech vaccines have been approved for shipment across the state.

The state has created an online dashboard to help track vaccinations in Texas. As of Jan. 4, officials reported 944,275 doses have been shipped, and 414,211 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Additional information on the rollout, including who qualifies for the vaccine at this time, can be found here. For information about Denton County's vaccine registration, click here.

Liesbeth Powers contributed to this report.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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