How Dallas Is Ensuring Access To Vaccines

The Dallas Fair Park vaccine hub is planning to vaccinate 250,000 more people as more shots arrive according to a NBC 5 DFW article from March 31st. In it they say:

“Wednesday, Dallas County is set to reach a major milestone in the battle against COVID-19.

The Fair Park vaccine location will administer its 250,000th vaccine as more doses arrive and more people are made eligible.

A special ceremony is planned for 1 p.m. to commemorate the milestone.

It has been a busy week across North Texas since the state expanded COVID-19 vaccine registration to include any Texan over the age of 16.”

It is good news that more shots are arriving, and that means that more people will get inoculated, but Dallas is now trying to make sure that other underprivileged groups like Hispanics and AFrican-Americans have equal access to the vaccines according to a Texas Tribune article from March 25th. In it they say:

“In Dallas County, the Hispanic community is the largest ethnic group, making up 40.2% of the total population. But by the start of March, only 28.6% of the people vaccinated countywide were Hispanic. The percentage has since increased, reaching 36% as of March 22. By comparison, white residents make up 29% of the county population and 36.2% of those vaccinated.

In Dallas County, as in Texas, the Black community remains underrepresented in the vaccination process as well. And although the numbers are better among the Asian community, refugees, recent immigrants and people without English proficiency have been left behind too.”

With these wide gaps in access clear and apparent, Dallas is starting to take steps to ensure that everyone can get their shot.

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