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Posted on: January 8, 2021

COVID VACCINE: FBFD receives vaccine for first responders

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FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Fire Department requested and received a shipment of 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, intended specifically for the City's first responders.
 
So far, 60 City firefighters and police officers have been vaccinated and soon all 100 doses will be deployed to protect the City's frontline emergency personnel.

The Fire Department is not able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to the public. Even though the Fire Department is listed on the Texas Department of State Health Services website because it received a single shipment of the vaccine, Farmers Branch Fire Stations were never intended to be public vaccination sites. 
 
The state health department has no central site to sign up for inoculation. Instead, health officials have told Texans to use the state’s vaccine provider map to find out where to get vaccinated.

Dallas County has launched an online registry for COVID-19 vaccines and more than 50,000 people have signed up so far. The registry, which opened Saturday, allows enrollment of Dallas County residents who qualify for phases 1A and 1B of the vaccine. The County’s registration tool will steer citizens to clinics and hospitals where Dallas County Health and Human Services staffers operate, such as Parkland.

Phase 1A includes health care workers and people who live in long-term care facilities. Phase 1B includes people who are 65 and older, or who are 16 and older and have at least one underlying condition that puts them at high risk, such as cancer, diabetes or pregnancy. The County is still working to vaccinate people in Phase 1A and vaccine supplies remain extremely limited, according to the County's health director.

For more information, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website here or contact your healthcare provider.

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