Eligible Richardson residents can register for COVID-19 vaccinations in Dallas, Collin counties

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

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

Dallas and Collin counties have each created vaccine registration processes for residents who are at higher risk of complications from the coronavirus.

Dallas County residents can register for the COVID-19 vaccine with Dallas County Health and Human Services here, while Collin County residents can submit a COVID-19 vaccine request to Collin County Healthcare Services here. According to a city of Richardson spokesperson, the city is not involved in vaccine distribution at this time.

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 residents at least 16 years old who have a chronic medical condition, including pregnancy.

The majority of COVID-19 vaccines available have been distributed to Dallas and Collin counties' hospitals, pharmacies and health care providers. Dallas County Health and Human Services received 1,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine and its supply is being prioritized to Phase 1A health care workers, according to the county website. Collin County Healthcare Services received 1,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

"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."


Collin County's 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 additional shipments of the vaccine will come to the counties 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 able to seek other providers, according to advice given by both Dallas and Collin 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 vaccine rollout.

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 rollout, including who qualifies for the vaccine at this time, can be found here.

Additional reporting by Liesbeth Powers.
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.


MOST RECENT

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

school board meeting
Plano ISD planning for full return to classrooms in 2021-22

Plano ISD staff told trustees in a work session April 20 that their instructional plan for next year is being built around the idea that everybody is coming back in person.

The company also has plans for another location in Northeast Fort Worth. (Courtesy Starbucks)
Starbucks coming to Fort Worth; Makers Gym opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Huitlacoche quesadillas.
Vegetarian restaurant Lahla's Plant Kitchen now open in Richardson

The restaurant offers vegetarian and vegan takes on classic comfort food dishes from around the world.

The Belt Main development will include 15,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, 350 multifamily units and around 100 townhomes. (Rendering courtesy Catalyst Urban Development)
New development to bring multifamily units, shopping to Richardson Core District

The project will include 15,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, 350 multifamily units that will be available for lease and 7,000 square feet of resident amenities.

Richardson ISD board meeting.
Richardson ISD considering plan to address student learning loss

Richardson ISD staff presented the board of trustees with an academic acceleration plan designed to address student learning gaps due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Continued growth at Legacy West in Plano is helping to boost the local economy, according to the county’s 2020 comprehensive annual financial report. (Courtesy Legacy West)
Collin County finances healthy despite pandemic, report shows

Considering challenges officials faced last year, Collin County’s bottom line is “extremely healthy,” an independent auditor told county commissioners at their April 19 meeting.

vaccine vial
Looking to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Collin County has thousands of openings this week

Thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccines are sitting in Collin County freezers waiting to be claimed.

The restaurant's menu focuses on chicken wings and sandwiches. (Courtesy Hoots Wings)
Hooters offshoot to open in Fort Worth; Oishii Sushi coming to Plano and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Early voting runs from April 19-27, and election day is May 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Early voting opens for races on May 1 ballot in Richardson

Contested races on the ballot include two Richardson City Council races, two Richardson ISD board of trustees races and three Collin College board of trustees races.

See how COVID-19 impacted Dallas County over the last week. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Tracking COVID-19: New cases in Dallas County decrease week over week

The seven-day average now sits at 202, which is a rate of 7.7 new daily cases per 100,000 residents, according to a county news release.

Jim's Pizza is relocating to Eldorado Parkway. (Community Impact staff)
Jim's Pizza relocating in McKinney; Lucy's Lot closes in Grapevine and more top DFW-area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.